Wengen is a Swiss holiday resort, altitude 1300m (4265 ft) , facing southwest at the foot of the imposing Eiger - Mönch - Jungfrau mountain range in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. .
Wengen is well known for its pure mountain air and although today I am sharing its winter views, with access only by train many visitors find its peaceful tranquillity an all year round attraction. The village has retained the charm and character of a typical mountain village, helping to make it a perfect destination for all kinds of holidays, from exciting winter sports to relaxing, walking or just getting away from it all.
As well as the scenic attractions of the resort it is also one of very few car-free resort villages in Europe, although there are a few service vehicles, local farm vehicles and taxi’s.
As I write Europe is still in the grip of ‘ a big freeze’, one of the coldest winters for many years, so a ski resort may therefore be the last place that many people are interested in reading about at the moment. Holidays in the snow, in the mountains though are a very different experience to coping with snow and cold in ones everyday life. If you are already a fan of winter sports holidays you will understand, if not let me tempt you otherwise in this post and the next few that I have planned to show you more of the beautiful surroundings.
In our family winter sports holidays have played an important part of our year for a very long time and Wengen is a particular favourite. My husband has been visiting this resort for well over fifty years, introducing myself ,our daughters and close family friends to this special place over thirty years ago.
Another four generations that have discovered the delights of Wengen, as this resort has long been popular with the British. It was in the early 20th century, that British tourists started ski-clubs in the area and Wengen is the home of The Downhill Only Club, one of the oldest British alpine ski clubs, founded there in 1925.
Wengen hosts the internationally well-known Lauberhorn ski races, and has done so since 1930. In addition to being one of the technically most challenging downhill races, the Lauberhorn is the longest race( 4.455m or 2.77 miles) in the FIS World Cup circuit and arguably the most scenic.
I will let my photographs continue the Travel Tale with some general village scenes. Next time I will share some photos of our current personal favourite Wengen hotel.
Wengen Village viewed from Allmend
Wengen’s main street.
Wengen’s Ice Rink is under all this snow!
An interesting mode of transport!
The Nursery slopes
Mannlichen Cable Car
To view any of the photos shared here today in a larger format please visit the album Travel Tales - Wengen on Flickr.com
With thanks to the following sources which I used for help in compiling this post. If you are interested in more information about the resort it is worth visiting these links. Wikipedia, Wengen.com and Wengen Snow Report
All photos are my own taken in December 2011 and January 2012. All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection