• 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

Beginner: 30%
Intermediate: 50%
Expert: 20%


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Grindelwald & Wengen

The final bit up to Grindelwald or Wengen is by cog rail. The train is interminably slow so it allows for fabulous photo ops. The villages sit amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in Switzerland. A UNESCO site because of the dramatic setting. They’re both 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 throughout the day. Car-free Wengen sits on a plateau above the precipitous Lauterbrunnen Valley with the 72 waterfalls cascading down its palisades. The nature loving, mountaineering English discovered this pocket of Swiss beauty in the early 1900’s and have been coming back ever since – they always known a good thing when they see it!

Grindelwald’s new train and V-Bahn complex with the Eiger gondola, goes to the base of its namesake glacier and opened December ’20. Travel time is now :15, a reduction from :45. The new high-speed Männlichen gondola, doubled in capacity and connects picturesque Wengen and Grindelwald. The region has 130 miles of trails with 45 lifts linking Grindelwald to the car-free hamlets of Wengen and Mürren, across that Lauterbrunnen Valley. The ski areas are: First, Klein Scheidegg, Männlichen, and the Schilthorn. In Wengen, 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 extremes, the very steep, last 200 yards are open to all.

Hotels in Grindelwald & Wengen


  • Superior

Tiny, car-free Wengen, my second European ski resort, is where the elevated, 20 room, Schönegg has kept a watchful eye over main street since 1903. In 1928 it was the town’s first hotel to have running water and things have kept on improving.  Today it’s owned by the Dequeker family. Their 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 with upgraded furnishings. Bedrooms are warmly decorated with creature comforts, and for those who want, there are sauna and massage facilities. Manager Kurt Ropers helps make it one of Switzerland’s 100 best hotels. Maybe the cow gracing the bar door is what did it!

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Hotel Kirchbühl

Family run hotels have been the basis of our ski program from the beginning 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’s 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 shuttle takes guests 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.
  • Room with red curtains in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.
  • Room in Hotel Belvedere at Grindelwald.


  • Superior

The fourth generation of Hausers is now well in place at the Belvedere. Their parents oversee from a distance making sure all’s perfect so the hotel remains one of Switzerland’s 25 best. The varied-sized bedrooms offer a selection of pillows and beds with those ever-so-light eiderdowns to help you slip into dreamland. These touches exemplify the care taken down to the smallest details by the family but if one’s looking for a cozy, rustic chalet-style hotel, theirs isn’t it. The Belvedere, with 55 rooms, many with Eiger views, has a sleek contemporary and colorful décor. The kitchen, a member of Châine des Rotisseurs, serves fine quality cuisine. Then to top things off, you have an indoor-outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and spa to ease potential aches and revive the body after a hard day on the pistes.

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