After three days of hiking through the Swiss Alps along the Via Alpina Stage 10, up to Engelhornhütte and Glecksteinhütte and along the Eiger Trail to Kleine Scheidegg, we arrived in Wengen, Lauterbrunnen for two nights and a rest day. It was the perfect spot to stay and the perfect time for a rest from hiking.
This beautiful area was truly stunning to explore. After three days of hiking, I was sore as I’ve ever been, so this was the perfect time and place to take it easy for a day. We loved our stay in Wengen and the chance to explore the absolutely gorgeous Lauterbrunnen Valley.
We chose to stay in Wengen, perched up above the valley floor, because of its amenities and easy accessibility to other parts of the area. This beautiful town sits in the shadow of the Jungfrau, a grand reminder of your position in the majestic Swiss Alps.
It is very much a tourist town, and as such it is an excellent base for exploring the area. The trains come regularly and there are far more options for dining than Lauterbrunnen proper, which is a short train journey away. It’s more scenic and in the midst of the mountain action than Interlaken, according to Andrew who has been there before, ha. The city is pedestrianized, with very few cars allowed on its streets, which makes exploring easy and gives this little town a somewhat sleepy but very relaxing and nostalgic vibe.
When we were there, Switzerland was playing in the World Cup during our stay and the many people who headed out to the bar eager to watch alongside the Swiss found themselves in the company of many other native English-speakers. Definitely a tourist town, but a beautiful one!
I’ll also point out – Wengen, like all the areas we explored on our epic Swiss backpacking trip, is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, so the proper pronunciation is more like “Vengen” for my Anglo peeps!
The highlight of our rest days was exploring the Lauterbrunnen valley. This absolutely beautiful valley inspired Tolkien’s Rivendell and it is not difficult to see why.
We took the train down to Lauterbrunnen to see the valley from its floor. It is a quaint and beautiful little town.
The valley has something to the tune of 72 waterfalls flowing into it. Everywhere you look, there is some gorgeous mountain vignette.
We walked through town on our way to see Trümmelbach Falls.
You can get to Trümmelbach Falls by either bus or foot from the train station. Though my legs were quite sore, we opted to get there on foot for the opportunity to see more of the valley on our way.
After about twenty minutes or so, we arrived at the base of Trümmelbach Falls, after getting to watch paragliders cliff jumping around us on the walk! I was confused upon arrival because I couldn’t see the waterfall. It was lunch time when we arrived so we stopped for a quick lunch at the cafe there, which was lovely and my soup was tasty.
After fueling up, we walked to the falls. There I understood why I couldn’t see the waterfall – it had bored its way into the rock cliff over thousands of years. Unbelievable.
We opted to take the stairs up to the many fantastic and awe-inspiring view points that have been built into this incredible natural wonder.
It is loud and slightly terrifying to watch water rushing so incredibly forcefully through the craggy, dark rock face. But wow, it is worth seeing. It is a beautiful reminder of nature’s power.
Navigating the dark passage-ways dampened by the drizzle coming off the water that flows by at 20,000 liters a second is thrilling.
The sun came out at one point, creating a rainbow in the waterfall. So cool.
Climbing up to the falls also offers gorgeous views over the valley. Trümmelbach Falls is a must-visit attraction!
Where to Stay in Wengen, Lauterbrunnen
Our home base was the lovely Hotel Victoria Lauberhorn, which felt old school and glamourous.
Our room was in the newer wing of the building, with a crazy view of the mountains that was particularly lovely at sunset, and a strange scent of cured meats, which luckily went away after keeping the windows open.
They also have a pool which we only got to enjoy once, but it was awesome (and necessary for sore legs!).
Eating in Wengen, Lauterbrunnen
There are several restaurants in Wengen, and though it is a town of tourists, we found we didn’t need to book ahead to get a table when we visited at the beginning of July. Our first night, we chose the Taverne restaurant at the Bernerhof for a traditional Swiss meal.
I got a very classic Swiss dish, Buure rosti with sausage! Andrew ordered the Älpler Hörnli, which was kind of like a pimped out mac and cheese dish. They were tasty and on a drizzly, colder evening, we appreciated some heavier, hearty dishes.
After hearty Swiss food, however, the next night we opted for some Indian food! We ate outside at the delicious Golden Indian Wengen. Though I didn’t get a photo of our food, I did get this snap of Andrew modeling with the view.
It was a lovely couple nights spent in truly beautiful and serene surroundings. It is no wonder Tolkien and Mendelssohn were so inspired by the beauty of Wengen and Lauterbrunnen!