Wengen

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!
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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….

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resize… and two days later, this is looking right from the same spot.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- resizeWengen is on a ledge, nearly 2,000 feet above the valley floor. The sides of the valley are almost vertical.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeThe ledge is not flat, however, and the village is on a considerable slope.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; resizeOne advantage of this for skiers is that there is a ski path right into the heart of the village, seen here in the foreground.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; resizeBehind 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.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeZooming in, the Sunstar is visible (boxed) and the station is on the right of the photo, about a minute’s walk from the hotel.

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PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeSome flags are flown all year,, but in the summer there are even more.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; resizeRight in the centre of the village is the cable car up to the top of the Mannlichen range.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeAnd this is the view down to the village from the top.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; gamma; resizeParts of the village are very old.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeChalets 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.

Wengen 015The 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.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; gamma; resizeWalking 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.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:01 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeBut I love being there in winter. It is the quintessential Swiss village, and one I love going back to!

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5 thoughts on “Wengen

  1. when I saw the view of the village from the top I just said “Wow” in reverence and awe. Thank you for sharing your journey.
    I guess I missed why you went or anything, but I’m so glad you showed me at least another little part of the world

  2. As someone who lives in quite a harsh climate, at first I wondered why on earth anyone would go on holiday to somewhere with so much snow. Your wonderful photos and descriptions show so clearly why this beautiful alpine village draws you back. I hope you’ve had a lovely March break!

  3. It was fun to see the G gauge garden railroad layout. My husband had one set up in our front garden for several years, until his stroke made taking care of it too difficult. This layout looks fairly new and unfinished, but then a train layout is never really finished. Thanks, Liz, for taking us all along with you on your holiday.

  4. And I thought where I live is hilly. Wow. That’s some impressive building on the side of steep cliffs.

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