Wengen isn’t the liveliest resort in Switzerland, so if you’re looking for nightlife it would be better to stay in a resort like Verbier, Zermatt or Laax. A reporter summed it up: “The apres-ski is very calm and even with the babies we were a bit bored come Wednesday.”
At the end of the day, skiers and riders have a choice of heading to the tipee at Kleine Scheidegg Bahnhof (which sometimes has live music), Startbar on the Lauberhorn, or the outdoor Brunner Snowbar on the home run. Mary’s Cafe is a popular late afternoon spot for a Coffee Mary, which is a mixture of coffee and local Schnapps.
Later on the action moves to Tanne Bar (+41 33 855 1244), and Dasina Pub which has a DJ and sometimes holds karaoke evenings. Other resort favourites include the Rocks Bar, and the Pickel bar in Hotel Eiger (+41 33 856 05 05). There’s a nightclub in the Silberhorn hotel, the Blue Monkey Club (+41 33 845 11 20) features electronic music, and Club Hasenstall (+41 79 960 60 78) is for dancing.
Families will find plenty to do after skiing
The train continues to play an important role in Wengen, even when you’re not skiing. The last trains up the mountain are packed with families heading to Wengernalp for the 4km toboggan run back to the village. But there are plenty of other activities, too, including ice skating and curling. The cinema often shows English-language films, and you can spend the day in the beautiful lakeside town of Interlaken, travelling there and back by train.
It is well worth taking a train up to the Jungfraujoch, which is Europe’s highest railway station. From there, a lift whisks you to the peak with its observatory and magnificent views of the mountains and the Aletsch Glacier. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region with its unique flora and fauna was the first Unesco World Natural Heritage Site in the Alps.