Grindelwald & Wengen

The final bit up to Grindelwald or Wengen is by cog rail. The train is interminably slow, but there are fabulous photo ops. That’s because each village sits amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in Switzerland, now a UNESCO site because of the dramatic setting. Each is under the watchful eyes of the three sisters, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Grindelwald has the dramatically dynamic Eiger with its proverbial face and the sun’s rays change colors in its crevasses throughout the day. Car-free Wengen, just over from Grindelwald, sits above the precipitous Lauterbrunnen Valley with the 72 water falls cascading down its palisades year-round. The nature loving and mountaineering 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 miles of trails and 45 lifts that link 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 open to all.

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

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


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
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  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
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  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
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Hotels in Grindelwald & Wengen


  • Superior

Tiny, carless Wengen was my third European ski resort. Today its twenty-room Schönegg keeps a watchful eye over the main street from its slightly elevated perch as it has since 1903 and has hosted generations of families ever since. The hotel was renovated in 2012. 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 and for those who want, there are sauna and massage facilities.

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Hotel Kirchbühl

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Family run hotels have been the basis of our ski program from the start and the Kirchbühl definitely fills those shoes. Vera and Christian Brauwand are the family’s fourth generation in a hotel that’s been hosting guests since 1900. They met training to be ski instructors and today Christian is on the mountain rescue team. Their cozy hotel with 43 rooms and apartments, sits above the village with clear views of the Eiger. It’s closest to the First lift and their guest shuttle goes to the others. Their spa has a whirlpool, sauna and steam bath with a massage or two offered on the side. The kitchen is a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs so enjoying your dining experience is very important to them and in their three restaurants the water comes directly off the glacier, so drink up!



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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.
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  • Room in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.


  • Superior

Change comes to us all and this year it’s coming to the Belvedere. The fourth generation of Hausers are moving into place. Carole and brother, Philip, will share management as their parents begin to move aside. Napkins will probably still be folded differently at each evening’s dinner; the varied sized bedrooms will still offer a choice of pillow types and beds will still have those ever-so-light eiderdowns easing you into dreamland. If you are looking for a cozy rustic chalet-style hotel, this is not it. The Belvedere has 55 rooms, many with Eiger-views, in a sleek contemporary décor with cheerful colors, and last spring they renovated 29 of them. The restaurant is a member of the prestigious Chaîne 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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