Jungfrau region: leisure paradise
The Jungfrau region has a great selection of outdoor activities and events throughout the year. Winter sports enthusiasts will find an outstanding infrastructure. In summer, the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts visitors with its spectacular sights. An unforgettable excursion to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe!
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Jungfraujoch lies in the heart of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Snow and ice 100% guaranteed. The Sphinx viewing building, the Ice Palace, the plateau for walks in eternal snow - these are the year-round attractions on the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe 3'454 m.
Furthermore, in summer there are a ski-lift and numerous other possibilities for adventure on offer.
Fis Ski World Cup Lauberhorn
The Kings's Discipline
Length of the route: 4455 m
Difference in altitude: 1025 m
Recort time: 2:24.30 (Kristian Ghedina, 1997)
The Lauberhorn Run - What makes the Lauberhorn so special…
Certainly the numerous challenging and crucial parts of the run: In order to win the Lauberhorn Race the skiers not only need a lot of courage and be prepared to take risks, but also perfect technique and stamina.
This jump was neither a project nor an idea. One spring Bernhard Russi was in search of a suitable jump for making a film on technique for a television channel. He found the foundations of the jump on the Lauberhorn ridge and had it built up with a large quantity of snow. Before the next race Fredy Fuchs decided to integrate it into the run and call it the “Russi Jump”.
Within 5 seconds the speed increases from 100 to 130 km/h. At the beginning the schuss is slightly curvy and then, past the AK start, is scattered with many waves. The challenge lies in the aerodynamics, the racer’s low position and the perfect line through the rough left-hand corner into the traverse and on to the first intermediate time.
The actual symbol for the Lauberhorn Race. The tight, rocky passage appears like an impassable spot which cannot be negotiated: too narrow, too steep and the landing area too short and hard. On the Hundschopf there’s fine line between courage and respect, risk and tactics, jumping technique and choice of route. Within the shortest of spaces the most demanding elements for the skier come together. The corners above are more than usually tight and between the rocks on the left and the safety net on the right there are 5 meters at the most. The edge of the jump can only be estimated and the route is determined by the end of the net and the power of the skier’s imagination. Followed by the bottomless!
An intriguing combination of jump, corner, choice of route and the greatest challenge for the skier. Depending on speed, this right-hand bend can be taken with either a wider or tighter radius. Finding the ideal speed determines whether there is sufficient landing space before the compression. Joos Minsch is by no means the only, though one of the first prominent victims, who were thrown off the run here. In 1965 during the first training the man from the Grisons was keen to show prove his strength right from the start. However, bad weather conditions meant that the race was started at the Hundschopf. Despite this, or maybe because of this, Joos Minsch risked too much, flew too far and fell on landing. Nothing could stop the fall which only ended down at the railway track. The result: A broken pelvis, 9 weeks in hospital, end of the season and the naming of this demanding and crucial part of the race.
Alpweg with Kernen-S
At a speed of over 100km/h along a 3 meter-wide Alpweg, the net on the side of which makes it seem like a channel and then on to the craziest shicane in the World Cup circuit. A tight right-left-corner over the bridge slows the skier down to a critical speed of 70 – 80 km/h which he must keep for the next 20 seconds. Bruno Kernen, the winner in 2003, smashed backwards into the net in a hair-raising manner and was catapulted back onto the slope. The slightly cautious approach at the beginning of the right-hand bend not only serves to maintain an optimal speed, but also reduces the danger of a fall.
After the Hundschopf and the Alpweg, at the Water Station the trilogy of crazy passages on the Lauberhorn reaches a first highpoint. This bottle-neck is not only breath-taking for those watching from a passing train, but also fills the racers themselves with awe on first inspection of the run. At a speed of 90 to 100 km/h they race through this tight passage which, at a width of 9 meters is so narrow and low that no one dares to enter the dark hole standing up.
The unrewarding part of the race! Here the race can be won or lost. The flat section with the gradual changes in direction gives the skier time to take stock, first signs of tiredness become apparent and, whilst gliding, all the attention is focused on the skis: are they nice and flat, are the edges too aggressive, are they accelerating?
It is steep, long and dark and demands more than just a bit of courage from the racers. In the middle of the Schuss, when the skis start to sway and only make contact with the snow every 10 meters and, contrary to expectation the slope doesn’t widen at the bottom of the dark compression, then the downhiller’s heart comes into its own. Then the real specialists make themselves smaller, more aerodynamic and increase their maximum speed to 140 km/h. The danger has to be - and can be - overcome.
A brief moment of calm. Here on this short, flat stretch you can catch your breath. After the “crescendo” in the Hanneggschuss, in the flat left-hand turn one’s attention has to turn to finding the correct pressure and speed.
The newly-created jump from the year 2003 was the subject of fascinating TV pictures with the Silberhorn mountain in the background. In a gentle right-hand turn the skiers can let centrifugal force and flight take control. As a result the bumpy Wegscheide took on a new character and the last minute & rather late foundation of the Silberhorn club gave it its new name. The sole member of honour is Bruno Kernen, the winner at the time.
The legend now only lives on in the name. In 1954 one after the other the Austrian favourites Toni Sailer, Anderl Molterer and Walter Schuster ended the race prematurely, thrown out by three shortly-spaced humps. These treacherous waves no longer exist and the Austrians hence have one rival less.
Finish – S
Just there where all the big races have finished, on the Lauberhorn there follows a single, technically very demanding crucial passage that can completely change the rankings. The skier is tired, can quickly prepare himself and take stock again. He notices the spectators, might even hear the speaker. He knows that all can be lost here, or that he might win those vital seconds that lead to victory. For most though, after 2 minutes on the track, it’s all about survival. Some suddenly change their tactics again and alter a planned route because of sudden tiredness or because they no longer have the patience or nerves. The 3 sharp corners are usually icy and bumpy, made worse by the natural contours of the land.
The Finish Schuss - and the cusp belonging to it - is the sum of the happenings in the Finish-S. Here, from unproblematic passage to fall and acrobatics, everything is possible. However, no one negotiates this final hurdle with energy to spare. The finishing line is within sight, it’s just the most direct route that counts. The finish jump has been made slightly tamer but therefore requires the necessary concentration.
The finish is where the skier comes to a halt”. Nowhere is this as true as on the Lauberhorn. After a descent of about two and a half minutes, rising out of the low crouch at 100 km/h and the braking manoeuvre within 100 meters become the final challenge of the course. Those who see the finish in Innerwengen for the first time will have no further doubt that the Lauberhorn Race has its very own special character. Where the surrounding mountains dominate with their size, beauty and danger, it is understandable that the great stories of this region take place in a certain feeling of security.
Wengen Vertical Up
The goal of the WENGEN VERTICAL UP is to conquer the original “Lauberhorn–Worldcup-track”, which spans 4,480 meters and 1.020 vertical meters, vertically and as quickly as possible.
The “kicker” to the whole story is the rules – in fact, there are none!
The choice of equipment is open so long as everything is powered by your own muscles (no motors), as is the choice of route, on the Worldcup-track!
- Runners with spikes have an advantage, just as long as the course is hard and provides a firm grip …
- Cross-country skiers using skins have an advantage, but without the right technique …
- Ski mountaineers / ski tourers have an advantage, but can they eke out enough of an advantage when they come to steeper terrain …
- Racers on snowshoes and crampons: have an advantage, but can they convert that into speed on flatter ground …
The best endurance; best technique together with the best equipment will ultimately win!
Snowpenair Kleine Scheidegg
The Snowpenair takes place on 2061 metres above sea level in the snow. At the foot of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau national and international stars will perform.
The ski region with 110 km of slopes and 30 km of toboggan runs lies right at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The world-famous Lauberhorn World Cup Downhill starts here and leads down to the Wengen over a distance of 4.2 km.
The ski region is reached by rack railway (Wengernalpbahn) from both Grindelwald and Wengen or by cableway (Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola and Wengen-Männlichen cable car respectively).
We offer professional instruction for all ages in groups or privately.
Improve your skills or learn a new technique. Our well-trained instructors will be at your service to teach you and give you tips, whether it be for ski, snowboard or telemark, for safe and unlimited fun.
Fox Run (Wengernalp-Wengen)
Tobogganing right next to the Lauberhorn downhill run: the sledge run leads from the Wengernalp railway station through the underpass and along the ski slope to the Bumps lift, Bannwald and on towards Allmend (restaurant).
From here the run continues down to Wengen station. Once in Wengen you have the possibility of going back to your point of departure on Wengernalp: the Wengernalp trains operate at 20-minute intervals.
The sledge run is well prepared but some experience is necessary.
Cross country skiing
Grindelwald and Wengen offer you a total of 27 km of cross-country tracks. Most tracks are non-demanding. The "Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen" track, with its 12 km, is one of the longest tracks in the region. It follows the white Lütschine river and passes high waterfalls and finally ends in the Hinterer Lauterbrunnental.Especially recommended is the high altitude track "Bussalp" in Grindelwald, at an altitude of 1,800 m, it offers a fantastic panoramic view. Another highlight is the floodlit track in the glacier ravine of Grindelwald at an altitude of 1,000 m.
The UNESCO World Heritage site is not only one of the world’s best known mountain ski touring areas, it also offers an enormous range of different touring opportunities.
The Alpine touring season is a long period lasting from the beginning of March until around 20 May. The UNESCO World Heritage site is not only one of the world’s best known mountain ski touring areas, it also offers an enormous range of different touring opportunities, from the relaxed cross-country tour to the challenging tour to the peak.
You will find a selection of guided tours below. For more programmes, please contact your local mountain sports school.
- Day tour over the Lötschenlücke
- Introduction to mountain ski touring
- The great Äbniflueh for beginners and seniors
- Over the Louitor to the Äbniflueh
- Over the Bächilücke
- Bernese 'Haute Route' with a difference
- Tour to the peak of the Jungfrau
- Tour to the peak of the Finsteraarhorn
Explore the mountains on foot with 100 km of winter footpaths across the Jungfrau region.
Our favourite walks in Wengen: Hunnefluh
1 hour hike for a view across the valley to the Schynige Platte
Our favourite walks in Wengen: Leiterhorn
2 hour hike for a stunning view down to Zweilütschinen and Interlaken. A winter wonderland of snow, firs and archetypal Swiss huts.
Our favourite walks in Wengen: Staubbachbänkli
1 hour hike with views over Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen valley. Stop at Mary's Café where you can enjoy a warming, cosy rest. A return along the bucolic lower path via Wengwald will add approximately 1h to the trip.
Die Kleine Scheidegg – Wengen – Männlichen Region:
Kleine Scheidegg - Fallboden - Kleine Scheidegg
A delightful circular winter footpath, immediacy of the towering Eiger rockface and views over Kleine Scheidegg.
Kleine Scheidegg - Wengernalp - Wengen (7km)
With the impressive backdrop of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains, this easy walking path remains interestingly varied, at times following the ski run, at times, meandering through the snow-laden forest pines. At other points it features a view of the Lauberhorn Race track.
Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg (6km)
Take the cable car from Wengen to the Männlichen before starting the undulating traverse downwards towards Bustiglen, passing the foot of the “Tschuggen” on the way. From Bustiglen you can take the chair lift or hike up to Kleine Scheidegg. Enjoy a drink or a satisfying lunch at Kleine Scheidegg before heading hometo Wengen via the memorable mountain cog railway opened in 1893.
Männlichen - Männlichen Peak (2km)
Follow the path left from the cable car station up to the viewing point with unique views over the Lauterbrunnen and Lütschen Valleys.
There are many more walks across the region.
Come and learn to play curling in Wengen. This fascinating sport combines precision with tactics and is easy to learn.
There are three covered and some openair curling rinks at the ice rink.
During the winter months it is possible to book lessons: a diploma is awarded on the successful completion of 6 lessons and a test.
The indoor Curling rinks are open from June to August as well!
A total of 30 Curling Cups are held in Wengen - come along and watch the professionals.
The open-air ice rink is situated in the village centre of Wengen, next to the Tourist Information.
Wengen is famous for its well prepaired ice.
During Christmas and New Years Eve there's also a natural ice rink available (due to wheater conditions).
The Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass 2,661 m above sea level
A hiking region surrounded by timeless beauty at the foot of the Big Three: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass lies directly beneath these mountains.
Visitors are rewarded with a spectacular view of the infamous Eiger north
face. Back in 1936, bystanders watched as four climbers tragically lost their lives on the mountain. There are restaurants, hotels and a railway station on the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass. From here, you can embark on a number of hikes or head to the Top of Europe on the Jungfraujoch.
Restaurant Grindelwaldblick: seats 50
Restaurant Eigernordwand: seats 150
Hotel Bellevue des Alpes: seats 400
Buffet Kleine Scheidegg: seats 210
Männlichen 2,227 m above sea level
The Männlichen is easy to reach from Grindelwald and Wengen by train and
boasts idyllic vistas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Pristine pistes await snow-sports enthusiasts. It is also worth exploring
alternative options, such as the winter hiking and sledging routes or the
mountain lodge with its glorious views. You can get to the Männlichen on
the gondola lift from Grindelwald or on the Lauterbrunnen-Wengen cable
car. You are guaranteed to see spectacular views of the majestic
mountains, regardless of which route you take.
Bergrestaurant Männlichen – capacity: seats 1220
Schilthorn - Piz Gloria 2,970 m above sea level
The most impressive 360° views of the Alps await guests at the Piz Gloria
restaurant on the Schilthorn. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the UNESCO
World Natural Heritage Site with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau plus more
than 200 other peaks in the Piz Gloria, the world’s first revolving mountaintop restaurant. In good conditions, visitors can see as far as the
Mont Blanc massif and the Black Forest.
The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant
At the 360° restaurant, diners enjoy a delicious lunch, for instance the 007
burger, while the stunning mountain scenery silently glides past them. The
revolving restaurant takes 45 minutes to do one complete turn, while the
entire alpine massif is showcased as a spectacle of nature.
Bond World 007
Visit the interactive BOND WORLD 007 exhibition based on the “On Her
Majesty's Secret Service” Bond film starring George Lazenby. On the tour,
visitors can immerse themselves in the film, discover details about how it
was filmed, see its original screenplay and put their own Bond skills to the
test. All of the key scenes are featured in the exhibit, from Bond skilfully
tossing his hat in Miss Moneypenny’s office to the hair-raising bobsleigh
chase. You can also create your own personal BOND moments in the
helicopter simulator in the original chassis of a decommissioned Air Glaciers
Alouette III that flew to the Schilthorn on its very last flight.
007 Walk of fame
Agent James Bond 007 has once again left a mark on the Schilthorn. The
world’s first 007 Walk of fame pays tribute to the actors and contributors
involved in “On Her Majesty's Secret Service”. Other stars from the world of James Bond 007 are also featured on the Schilthorn. Each character is
visually immortalised on the information board with a photo, signature, a
handprint in steel and a personal message. The boards on the summit of the Schilthorn form the 007 WALK OF FAME, a sensational walk which bears
witness to the legendary James Bond film.