The mountain villages of Mürren and Wengen are peaceful and secluded so don’t expect huge 24 hour clubs, but that’s not to say there aren’t some fun venues for a night out on the town. The Balloon Bar in Mürren is a quirky novelty place for evening drinks as it’s actually set inside a hot-air balloon basket. There’s also the Inferno, named after the infamous Inferno run, which serves up a selection of fittingly themed flaming drinks. Over in Wengen you’ll find plenty of cosy ‘Stublis’ (pubs) for a glühwein or a beer, and you can dance the night away at the Blue Monkey. Grindelwald is set in the valley making it easily accessible for locals, and it’s a bigger town, so you’ll have an even wider choice of après here – don’t miss the Mescalero Club where you can order Mexican food until 10pm during high season. While you’re up on the slopes there are plenty of nice huts - you’ll probably notice the Tipi bar on Kleine Scheidegg which is good for a quick afternoon pit stop.
From gourmet dining to cheap and cheerful, you’ll find that the Swiss uphold their reputation for good quality and excellent service across the board. Bargain eats include the easy to miss Tham Kok Keong in Mürren, a Chinese fast food place on Dorfstrasse which serves tasty noodle dishes, and Onkel Tom's Hutte in Grindelwald which specializes in pizzas. If you like to treat yourself, Chez Meyer's Le Grand restaurant at the Hotel Regina in Wengen is a fabulous option – the French cuisine here has won plenty of awards.
The Jungfrau is a leading holiday destination in Switzerland, and alongside the skiing there are lots of fun activities to keep you entertained. The area lift pass includes a trip on the First Flyer (a giant zip wire up on the mountain) for dare devils out there. Then there are the quirky ‘Velogemel’ sledges which are unique to the region and sort of resemble scooters on skis. You can rent these at the train station in Grindelwald and then take them down ‘Big Pintenfritz’, the longest sledge run in the world on the Faulhorn mountain.
When is best to ski?
The Jungfrau ski area isn’t the highest in Switzerland so there isn’t the summer skiing that you get at some resorts like Zermatt, but you can ski quite late into the season here, usually into April. The first snow starts to fall in December, or occasionally in November, and by Christmas there’s usually plenty of the white stuff for some yuletide skiing.
Thankfully those clever people responsible for maintaining the area are on the ball, and have been busy upgrading the resort’s facilities including installing a plethora of snow cannons so that now over 50% slopes can be prepared with artificial snow. What’s more, there’s also a new gondola up from Wengen, so no more long queues during peak season.
Escape from it all and spend this Christmas in the Jungfrau Ski Region - just jump on the cog-railway and ride it up to one of the region’s sweet little mountain villages such as Wengen or Mürren, or stay down in the valley in Grindelwald. The locals love to celebrate this time of year too with torch-lit processions and glühwein parties.
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What better way to celebrate this festive time of year than by spending New Years in the Jungfrau Ski Region, where you can spend days on the well-groomed pistes or seeking out the best powder, and evenings enjoying a fondue and a glass of local wine. Don’t miss the many parties and firework displays around the region too.
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With great nursery slopes, children’s parks and family-friendly hotels, February Half Term in the Jungfrau Ski Region is an excellent choice for those travelling with children. Adults too will be charmed by the romantic villages, the fun activities on offer and the fantastic skiing.
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Ski like James Bond this Easter in the Jungfrau Ski Region and race down the Schilthorn on the exciting Inferno run. For those less daring there are plenty of gentle blue runs and easy beginner slopes, as well as lots of other fun activities such as sledging, snow shoeing and the giant First Flieger zip wire to keep you busy.
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