Grindelwald & Wengen

The final bit up to Grindelwald or Wengen is by cog rail. The train’s interminably slow, but there are fabulous photo ops. That’s because each village sits amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in Switzerland all under the watchful eyes of the three sisters, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Grindelwald has the dynamic Eiger in its proverbial face and the sun’s rays change its colors in its deep crevasses throughout the day.  Car-free Wengen, just over from Grindelwald, is above year-round waterfalls that cascade off the precipitous palisades of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The nature loving English discovered this pocket of Swiss beauty in the early 1900’s and have been coming back ever since – they’ve always known a good thing when they see it!

Speaking of our English cousins, you do not have to be a member of their ‘Downhill Only Club’ to enjoy the more than 130 pistes miles of trails linking Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren. The efficient rail and up-to-the-minute lift systems interconnect the villages with the three ski areas: Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen, and the Schilthorn – all part of the Jungfrau region’s impressive line-up. The Männlichen cable car atop Grindelwald brings you down to picturesque Wengen’s town’s center. There for those willing to test their mettle against the world’s best racers, you can try the two and a half mile, 3,500 foot vertical Lauberhorn run. It is the longest, most difficult of all World Cup downhill races and in these days of many extreme skiers, the very steep, last 200 yards are now open to all!

  • Village of Wengen.
  • Slopes at Wengen.
  • Village of Grindelwald.
  • Chalets in Grindelwald.

Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 3.25 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail


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Hotels in Grindelwald & Wengen


  • Superior

Tiny, carless Wengen, the second European resort I skied, returns to our program this winter with the also tiny, twenty room Schönegg. It has kept a watchful eye over main street from a slightly elevated position since 1903 and has hosted generations of families ever since. The hotel was renovated in 2012 and Caroline and Sylvain Ogi became its managers in September 2015. Sylvain’s also the chef garnering 13 points from Gault-Millau and blends Mediterranean with classic Swiss cuisine. The lounge welcomes guests with a blazing fireplace surrounded by sofas, wood paneling and views of the mighty mountain medley Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. The cozy bar and restaurant hark back to earlier times and, if wanted, dinner can be arranged in the wine cellar. The hotel mixes historic and contemporary design in its furnishings. Bedrooms are warmly decorated with our creature comforts and for those who want, there are sauna and massage facilities.

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  • Exterior Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Night view of front entrance to Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Bar in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Restaurant with pianist in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Restaurant in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Room with red curtains in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Room in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.


  • Superior

Little things make your stay at the Belvedere special – Perhaps you notice the dinner napkins folded differently each evening. The bedrooms in varied sizes, offer a selection of pillow types and beds have those ever-so-light eiderdowns to help you slip into dreamland. These touches show the care and attention to the smallest details taken by the third generation Hauser Family. If you are looking for a cozy rustic chaletstyle hotel, this is not it. The Belvedere has 55 rooms, many with Eiger-views, in a sleek contemporary décor with cheerful colors. The restaurant is a member of the prestigious Châine des Rôtisseurs serving guests highly rated cuisine. To finish off, there is an indoor-outdoor pool and Jacuzzi easing the day’s potential aches and reviving the body after a hard day on the pistes.

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  • romantic

The original Schweizerhof chalet’s still there, an integral part of the hotel as it has been since 1893.  As anticipated though, a lot has changed since then; the railroad came to town, electricity and indoor plumbing were installed, restorations and expansions were done.  For three generations the Hauser Family has created and cared for their jewel of a hotel.  Today their 70 rooms are in four interconnected buildings including the original chalet and residences with various sized suites to accommodate extended families and friends.  There’s a pool, spa with two types of saunas, steam bath, and various types of massages with La Mer treatment products.  Is anyone surprised Michelin rates it Grindelwald’s top hotel and restaurant – no way – So go and indulge!

Stay 7, pay 6 between February 18/April 30, 2018



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