Wengen is an old farming village with a wealth of Victorian mountaineering history. It perches on a plateau above the town of Interlaken and below the beautiful and imposing peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch. The village is car-free and accessed by a cogwheel railway, which carries on up the mountain, taking skiers around the slopes, before plunging right across the Eiger’s world-famous vertical north wall – a spectacular feat of tunnelling, now 100 years old. At the 3450m top are restaurants and an ice palace, and views of the largest glacier in the Alps.
The ski area is known throughout the world as the home of the Lauberhorn Downhill course, but the majority of the slopes are more suited to gentle cruising. This is a resort in which to take it easy and enjoy the experience of the epic and historical destination. The terrain is shared with next-door Grindelwald, so there’s a good amount of space, and the much more challenging resort of Muerren isn’t far away and accessible by train.
Food options are good and mostly traditional, and nightlife is more about relaxing in company than dancing on tables.