Switzerland Insider

Switzerland Insider

Welcome to Switzerland, a land of natural wonders where the monumental Swiss Alps hide countless treasures. Among these gems lies the magical Jungfrau Region in the Berner Oberland Region close to Interlaken. The Jungfrau Region is most known for its breathtaking Swiss villages Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald and Wengen. On top of that there are the majestic mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau towering like Monarch over this wonderful land. You might now think that the Swiss Alps are steep and hard to conquer. And they were. But the Swiss managed to build a cogwheel train with which you can visit all of the aforementioned attractions and destinations on one train line. Drumroll for the ingenious Wengernalp Railway (Wengernalpbahn).

Wengernalp Railway in Grindelwald

What is the Wengernalp Railway?

The Wengernalp Railway, established in 1893, is a narrow-gauge cogwheel railway in the Swiss Alps. Originally steam-powered, it now operates with modern electric trains. It also brings you to Kleine Scheidegg, from where you can change to the Jungfrau Railway to access the world renowned Jungfrau mountain. Today, the Wengernalp Railway continues to enchant passengers with its rich history, remarkable engineering and breathtaking alpine landscapes.

Route Network

The Wengernalp Railway offers a beautiful railway route that connects the idyllic towns of Grindelwald, Wengen, and Lauterbrunnen. Whether starting from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen, the journey takes you through breathtaking landscapes. The connecting destination at the foot of the Jungfrau mountain is called Kleine Scheidegg and it also serves as the gateway to the Jungfraujoch, which is accessible via the Jungfrau Railway.

Wengen train station with Wengernalp train
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Timetable

The Wengernalp Railways operate year-round, however there is some downtime for maintenance in fall. As the trains depart from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg and from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg, the downtime only affects one segment at the time.

The frequency of trains varies depending on the season, with more frequent services during peak tourist periods. During the summer months, the Wengernalp Railways offer increased frequency to accommodate the influx of visitors eager to explore the Jungfrau mountain. In the winter season, the timetable adjusts to cater to skiers and snowboarders heading to the renowned slopes of Grindelwald and Wengen. It’s important to check the official website for the most up-to-date information on train timings and any seasonal variations.

 

Offical timetable by the Jungfrau Railways (operator)

Official website of Wengeralpbahn

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