So here’s Part 2 as promised… if you missed Part 1, you can read it here.
So this time we chose to stay only 3 nights which meant that booking a self-catering chalet was out. You have to take a full week when renting holiday chalets. i got us booked into a nice hotel about 5-10mins walk (depending how fast your child would walk) outside of the main town of Wengen.
The Hotel Bellevue is a lovely hotel, which hosts the Lauberhorn Ski World Cup Competitors every January. Don’t expect to find rooms at that time. It is run by a very friendly couple, the service is very personal.
The room we were given was nice and big and very comfortably sleeps 3. i dare say it could sleep 4 even. It is well-advertised as a TV-free hotel which is great when what you have come to the mountains to do is to get away from it all 😉 We were picked up at the Wengen Train Station by the very nice owner himself, in his yellow electric taxi. Guests can store their ski equipment in town at the Central Sport, free of charge. Which is great as you really want to do as little dragging around of your skis as possible, especially with child in tow.
Here’s a view of the hotel itself:
i’m sorry that i don’t have nice pictures of the room we stayed in. We had all settled in and the room was already messy by the time i remembered i wanted pictures. But there was a feature of the hotel which amused me – the fire escape on every floor was out a window at the end of the corridor, usually covered by a plant. See…
The view from the hotel is amazing. Have a look:
So what do people do to entertain themselves if there was no TV? Well, there is one TV, which is located in the lounge/bar area. But we only watched it for like 30-mins one of the evenings we were there.
What i did love but didn’t have a chance to use was the very lovely reading rooms. Gorgeously decorated with Victorian-styled furniture, you could read all day in here. They even provide the books and board games.
There is also an outdoor Jacuzzi, which again we didn’t use and a nice balcony area where you could soak in that amazing view i showed you before.
The evening we arrived we went to visit Walter’s Uncle who runs a Chinese Restaurant on the other side of the valley in the resort town of Mürren. It was yummy Chinese for dinner, made more yummy by the fact that we had to travel out in the very cold evening for a good 40-mins before tucking in. It’s called Tham’s Restaurant and is the only Chinese Restaurant there. So if you are ever in Mürren, i highly recommend going there for great food.
Here we are having some fun while waiting for the train to take us back down to the valley and then another train back up the other side to Wengen.
We came back just in time to watch the Wengen Ski School put up their annual ski show. We watched this last year but it was really fun so we decided to watch it again this year. It was too dark and we stood too far for good shots of the show itself but the fireworks made great photos. They exploded as the trick skiers and snowboards jumped the ramp.
That first day of skiing was great but the weather was terrible. So much fog. We could hardly see where we were going on the slopes, quite scary for some parts. Tobias and myself gave up by about mid-afternoon and headed back. Walter stayed for a little longer.
The second day was fantastic! The weather was beautiful and the snow was good. Plus we had good friends come up and ski with us. The slopes are wide and long which makes for great skiing with a large group.
Here’s a shot of all the kids who were with us that day (oh no, we are missing one kid… she was skiing with her dad):
At the end of the day, we went back down to Wengen, had a hot drink and then caught the Rescue Dog Show. It was interesting and all of us love dogs so it was a great way to end the day. The youngest of the Hartkop children, Juli, even volunteered to be hidden in the snow and wait for the dog to come rescue her! Very exciting for us to watch.
All in all, it was a great little trip. We will definitely be coming back to Wengen. Till our next trip.