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How to Spend 1 Day in Wengen

Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Darla

Spending one day in Wengen, Switzerland lets you soak in the Swiss Alps’ beauty, enjoy outdoor adventures, and explore its car-free village. Wengen, located 1,274 meters above sea level, is perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley at the foot of the famous mountain trio Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Since 2001, UNESCO has established the entire region, alongside the Aletsch Glacier, as a World Heritage Site.

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Wengen is a charming alpine village with traditional wooden chalets, offering stunning views of many high mountain peaks. From Jungfraujoch, you can also view Switzerland’s largest glacier – the Great Aletsch Glacier. We have been to Wengen several times and I can guarantee that it’s such a fantastic destination. And I can highly recommend that you spend at least 1 day in Wengen, Switzerland.

Here are six of the top hikes to do in one day in Wengen, Switzerland to make the most of it:

Whether you visit Wengen in the summer or in the winter, you won’t be disappointed. I suggest visiting Wengen on a good day since most activities here are outdoors. One day is not likely to be enough here since there are so many things to do.

Whether you’re looking for a 1-day itinerary or a list of things to do in Wengen, this article is for you. Here are a few ideas for how you can spend one day in Wengen, Switzerland.

Wengen 1 Day Itinerary: What can you do?

1.  Start Your Day With a Cozy Breakfast

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Consider having breakfast at your hotel or apartment if possible, as there aren’t many bakeries in Wengen. If you decide to dine outside, there is one good bakery in Wengen, and you’ll find two more down in Lauterbrunnen.

  • Bäckerei Konditorei Vincenz (Dorfstrasse, 3823 Wengen BE) – This Wengen bakery in the heart of the village is a true delight, offering a diverse range of treats from sausage rolls and cakes. With friendly staff and an array of freshly baked goods, including vegetarian quiches and their famous loaves, it’s a must-visit spot for delicious pastries and delightful desserts.
  • Flavors Cafe (Fuhren 452C, 3822 Lauterbrunnen) – A fantastic assortment of baked goods, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and breakfast to choose from. They even have a vegan breakfast option, burgers, and a small lunch menu. Everything is reasonably priced
  • Airtime Cafe Bakery (Fuhren 452, 3822 Lauterbrunnen) – Breakfast is served every morning, as well as homemade sandwiches, brownies, and coffee. If you have the chance, try the lemon cake.

After enjoying breakfast, consider strolling to your hike’s starting point. If you have a Wengen Visitors Card, make sure you bring it to avail of discounts for cable cars, railways, and facilities.


2. Discover the Majesty of Jungfraujoch

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Great Aletsch Glacier as viewed from Jungfraujoch by Peter Verhelst from Pixabay

When you’re in Wengen, going to Jungfraujoch early can be a smart move before crowds show up. In summer, you’ll see snowy mountains mixed with green landscapes, making it cool. There are loads to try there, like hiking on the icy mountains, enjoying the stunning views, and exploring the Ice Palace.

Just be ready for the high altitude, which might make you feel a bit strange. It’s good to learn about altitude sickness before you go. But overall, visiting Jungfraujoch is the best thing to do in Wengen. I think having lunch at Jungfraujoch before heading down is a good idea. Once you’re done exploring Jungfraujoch, consider choosing one of the hikes in the area to finish off your day.


3.  Pick a Hike that Suits You Best

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Having spent several days in Wengen, we took on various hikes. Our favorite hike is the Liselotte Trail because my kids love getting the gift. My recommendations are based on our last trip to Wengen.

From Wengen, I recommend going up Jungfraujoch for awesome views of the Great Aletsch Glacier. I also find Kleine Scheidegg incredibly beautiful and going down the valley to Lauterbrunnen is a fantastic option too.

Here is a list of the best hikes in Wengen:

  • Liselotte Trail (easy, family-friendly) – Lieselotte, the famous cow, welcomes visitors to her alpine playground on Männlichen. With gondola rides from Grindelwald or Wengen, it’s an easy 1.5-hour hike, covering 3.7km with 13 stations and scenic views, perfect for families. You get a gift when you show the completed card at the official spots.
  • Royal Walk (easy, family-friendly) – With the Royal Walk offering stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, the short, easy ascent provides attractions for all ages. Whether hiking or taking a royal ride, visitors can experience this majestic path from May to October.
  • Panorama Trail Männlichen – Kleine Scheidegg (moderate) – From Männlichen at 2230 meters, follow the scenic trail southwards to Honegg, then loop around Lauberhorn’s spur to reach Rotstöckli before arriving at Kleine Scheidegg at 2061 meters. This 4.63km easy downhill hike boasts stunning views and takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Wengen to Lauterbrunnen (easy) – The trail starts at Wengen station, passes Innerwengen to Hotel Bären, then turns to a wide forest road until Lauterbrunnen village. It’s an easy downhill hike, 2.93km in 1 hour, ending at Lauterbrunnen station.
  • Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg (moderate) – Hike from Wengen through Allmend and Wengernalp to Kleine Scheidegg. The trail starts on an asphalt road, turning into a forest path, with short steep sections. In winter, shared with sledders and skiers. It’s a moderate 6.73km hike taking around 2 hours and 40 minutes, ending at Kleine Scheidegg station.
  • Kleine Scheidegg to Fallboden (easy, winter) – Take an easy train ride to Kleine Scheidegg station with a stunning view of the Eiger North Face. Follow purple trail markers, passing Hotel Bellevue, to Fallbodensee reservoir.

Several other hikes are accessible in the area, but these are the top ones I suggest. Some routes are used for skiing and snowboarding in winter, so the trails will be different. In case you want to check out more hikes, you can visit https://wengen.swiss/en/summer/see-and-do/hiking/hikes/ for more information.


4. Enjoy a Pleasant Walk around Wengen

Wengen Switzerland Car-free Village
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Wengen is a charming car-free village with cute alpine chalet-style houses located at an altitude of 1,274 meters above sea level. Even though it doesn’t have a lot of shops, it’s still a lovely, traditional place with beautiful views from various spots in the village.

The pedestrianized village is easy to stroll along, with a wide and nearly flat path. It’s perfect for those who want a relaxed walk while soaking in panoramic mountain views. In the Wengwald Forest nearby, you can enjoy the beautiful nature by walking on winding trails and feeling the peace of the quiet alpine woods.

Here are some must-visit spots in Wengen:

  • Staubbachbaenkli – for the best views of the Staubbach waterfall in Lauterbrunnen
  • Mönchblick – for the view of the top of Mönch mountain (4,110 meters high)
  • Allmend – for the best view of the village of Wengen, you can walk up to Allmend, 1,479 meters above sea level.

If you’re up for more activities, you can also enjoy biking, trail running, climbing, crazy golf, tennis, bathing, and more. The Wengen Tourism website gives a great overview of all these activities: https://wengen.swiss/.


Recommended Hotels in Wengen, Switzerland

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In Wengen, there are hotels for all budgets. When you check-in, you get a free Visitors Card that gets you discounts at different places around the village. This includes things like the Figeler ski facilities and Ice rink in winter, tennis courts, and mini golf in summer. You’ll also get a price cut on the standard Wengen-Männlichen aerial cableway ticket.

If you need help selecting a hotel in Wengen, here are some recommendations:

  • Beausite Park Hotel, Wengen (4-star) – Beausite Park Hotel is located at the base of the Wengen-Männlichen cable car, making it easy to reach the Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg ski slopes. This hotel offers superb views, fine cuisine, top-rated spa facilities, a children’s playground, a natural swimming pond, and free WiFi.
  • Hotel Maya Caprice (4-star) – In the heart of the car-free village of Wengen, this top-rated hotel is near the Wengen-Männlichen cable car and Wengen train station. Featuring natural wooden decor, balconies overlooking the Jungfrau massif, spacious refurbished rooms, a comfortable spa, and a fitness center, guests are sure to enjoy their stay here.
  • Alpine Hotel Wengen (4-star) – Across from the Männlichen Cable Car is the Alpine Hotel Wengen. The hotel offers a garden, trampoline, indoor pool, sauna, and lounge bar, making it one of the best places to stay in the car-free village of Wengen.
  • Hotel Schönegg (3-star superior) – Featuring an award-winning restaurant and beautifully renovated rooms, it has great mountain views, a sauna, and incredibly friendly staff.
  • Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn (3-star) – Built back in 1897, Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn offers up-to-date spa facilities including a swimming pool. The hotel is located near the train and cable car stations of the car-free Wengen.

How to Spend 1 Day in Wengen in Winter

If you come in winter, here are the things you can do in Wengen on a 1-day trip:

  1. Skiing and snowboarding – In Wengen, there are slopes for all skiing levels—easy, medium, and challenging. It’s the ultimate winter activity in the entire Jungfrau Ski Region Grindelwald – Wengen.
  2. Cross-country skiing – Near Grindelwald, you have the option to go cross-country skiing with 10.5 kilometers of skating and 9 kilometers of classic trails.
  3. Sledding – There are five sled routes in the region around Wengen but the most convenient one is the Fox Run right next to the Lautberhorn Run. It’s a well-prepped 4.5-kilometer track that kicks off at Kleine Scheidegg and finishes up in Wengen.
  4. Snowshoeing – From Wengen, a flat trail leads to Hunnenfluh with breathtaking views of Lauterbrunnen Valley. After a snowy climb to Leiterhorn, enjoy the vistas of Wengen, Jungfrau, and the 4000-meter mountain chain before a gentle return through Ussri Allmi and Flielenboden to Wengen.

Some summer hiking trails are also available in winter.


More Things to Do near Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen has many interesting attractions worth checking out. It is highly recommended to spend at least one day there, if not a week. Here are more attractions to visit near Wengen, Switzerland:

  1. Interlaken – Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is a charming town renowned for its stunning lakeside views and adventure sports.
  2. Grindelwald – A picturesque village surrounded by the Swiss Alps, offering access to hiking trails and iconic peaks like Eiger. Grindelwald First, one of its mountains, has lovely hiking trails, a cliff walk, and the First Flyer zip line offering panoramic views.
  3. Aare Gorge – A natural wonder, Aare Gorge features narrow pathways amidst towering cliffs formed by the Aare River.
  4. Giessbach Falls – Majestic waterfalls cascading down a forested mountainside into Lake Brienz, accessible by a historic funicular.
  5. Reichenbach Falls – Famous for its association with Sherlock Holmes, these falls near Meiringen plunge dramatically into a gorge.
  6. Trümmelbach Falls – Glacier-fed waterfalls inside a mountain, showcasing the power of nature with impressive cascades and underground tunnels.
  7. Mürren – A car-free mountain village offering stunning vistas of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, accessible by cable car.

While every place mentioned above is worth a visit, my suggestion after exploring Wengen is to also check out Grindelwald First and Aare Gorge.


How to Get to Wengen

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Wengen is a small car-free village that can be accessed from Lauterbrunnen. The easiest way to reach Wengen is through the following:

  1. Coming from abroad, fly to the closest international airports: either Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport.
  2. From either Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport, take the train to Bern.
  3. In Bern, take the train to Interlaken Ost.
  4. In Interlaken Ost, take the regional train to Lauterbrunnen. There is a huge parking terminal in Lauterbrunnen in case you come by car.
  5. Take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen.

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Summary: 1 Day in Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen, Switzerland, nestled in the Swiss Alps, offers an unforgettable day of outdoor adventures. With its UNESCO World Heritage Site status and stunning views of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, the village is a haven for hikers. Head early to Jungfraujoch for breathtaking vistas of snowy peaks against lush greenery in good weather. Hiking trails, such as the family-friendly Liselotte Trail or the moderate Panorama Trail Männlichen – Kleine Scheidegg, reveal the region’s natural beauty.

The car-free village also offers serene walks, scenic spots to see the Staubbach waterfall, and various outdoor activities like biking and trail running. In winter, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing make Wengen an all-season adventure destination. A scenic train ride from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen, followed by another to Wengen, grants access to this alpine paradise.

Given this, I strongly suggest planning your visit when the weather is favorable, as it will not be as enjoyable during bad weather conditions.

Enjoy your trip to Wengen!

Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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