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In the Land of the JungFrau: Almanac

In the Land of the JungFrau: Almanac

By John Fry
posted: 12/30/1999
  • Getting There Swissair flies daily from New York to Zurich, where you'll board a train to Interlaken East, connect to a train to Lauterbrunnen and then cog railway to Wengen. To Mürren, add a funicular and a train ride. Allow 3 1/2 hours.
  • When To Go Snow cover is uncertain, so check first. Mürren is higher; Wengen has far more snowmaking.

  • Sleeping In A week in a four-star hotel like Wengen's Silberhorn, with breakfast and dinner, costs about $825 per person. Others: the Regina, the Caprice, or Club Med's Palace Hotel. In Mürren: the Eiger Hotel, Blumental, the Jungfrau or the Alpenruh. Chalets are a bargain: Contact
  • Dining Out Most lodging includes breakfast and dinner. In Wengen, the Regina and Caprice hotels are top-rated. Best on-mountain lunch: Jagerstubli in Grund. In Mürren, the Stubli in the Hotel Eiger is excellent.
  • Après-Ski There are two phases: on terraces and in bars after skiing and in hotels after dinner. Best bets: the Eiger Hotel in Mürren and the Pickel Bar in Wengen's Eiger Hotel.
  • Kicking Butt Head to White Hair, which is the color your tresses may assume if you look down or, worse, straight up at the Eiger North Wall.
  • Kicking Back Enjoy a beer on the Wengernalp Hotel terrace in Wengen.
  • Activities The area offers miles of sledding and winter walking trails, skating, hang-gliding and curling.
  • Don't Miss A trip on the cog railway inside the Eiger to the Jungfraujoch is a must. Cost: $32 with a ski pass. Mürren's Inferno Week is Jan. 17-22.
  • Vital Stats Terrain: Wengen: 65 miles, Mürren: 22 miles; Lifts: Wengen: 23, Mürren: 13 (49 in Jungfrau Region); Base elevation: Wengen: 4,180 feet, Mürren: 5,361 feet; Summit elevation: Wengen: 7,612 feet, Mürren: 9,742 feet; Lift tickets: A six-day Jungfrau Region adult pass: $168; Contact: Wengen Tourism: 011 (41) (33) 855-1414, www.wengen.-com; Mürren Tourism: 011 (41) (33) 856-8686.

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