I have talked about the places round Wengen, but not about the village itself. So, better late than never, here are some photos of the place!
There are no cars in Wengen, only a few electric vehicles. This is the main street, with my hotel, the Sunstar, on the left. The back of the hotel looks over the Lauterbrunnen valley to the mountains beyond. This is looking straight ahead from my balcony….
… and two days later, this is looking right from the same spot.
Wengen is on a ledge, nearly 2,000 feet above the valley floor. The sides of the valley are almost vertical.
The ledge is not flat, however, and the village is on a considerable slope.
One advantage of this for skiers is that there is a ski path right into the heart of the village, seen here in the foreground.
Behind the village the rock rises almost vertically again, up another 2,000 feet, to the Mannlichen range. This shot was taken from the other side of the valley.
Zooming in, the Sunstar is visible (boxed) and the station is on the right of the photo, about a minute’s walk from the hotel.
Between the hotel and the station, on the main street, there is a paved area which is used for various events throughout the year.
Some flags are flown all year,, but in the summer there are even more.
Right in the centre of the village is the cable car up to the top of the Mannlichen range.
And this is the view down to the village from the top.
Parts of the village are very old.
Chalets have been build all over the place over the years, making use of what flat, or less steeply sloping, ground could be found. There are only a couple of ‘rows’ of buildings in the centre; the rest of the houses are joined by winding paths.
The train is the main way up from the valley. All the goods needs by the village are brought in this way. During the day there are passenger trains, but late in the evening goods trains run up and down.
Walking along the paths brings some interesting sights. This is the garden of one of the hotels. It is G guage, and trains run here on weekends in the summer.
But I love being there in winter. It is the quintessential Swiss village, and one I love going back to!