Overview

Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

Salmon sashimi – Veal tartar – Summer salad with melon and popcorn – Creamy truffle tagliolini – Beer pork chop Lucerne style – Asparagus lasagne

The village of Wengen in Switzerland is world-famous for the spectacular views to mount Jungfrau and the Lauberhorn ski-run. However, there is a hidden secret people do not yet know: Hotel Schönegg. The impressive building with the yellow facade stands elevated overlooking the village. On sunny days guests can dine on the beautiful garden terrace surrounded by iconic mountains while sampling the local cuisine.

Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland

Our experience dining at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

We stayed and ate at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen when we hiked the Via Alpina in June 2020. We loved this small hotel with a French touch for its terrace with an amazing view to the Jungfrau. The cuisine serves delicious Swiss food. Read more about our dining experience at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen below.

About the Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

The interior of the hotel is charmingly lined with wood and of rustic yet upscale style. Wood and white fabric also set the tone of the indoor dining space where breakfast for hotel guests is served in the mornings. According to the owner the wood used to build the restaurant’s walls and ceiling originates from an old Wengen house which was more then 100 years old

When we first entered the room the light was shining through the large windows filling the wooden interior with a warm vibe. We immediately felt at ease and wanted to sit down in this cozy space until we spotted the terrace.

The dining room in hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
The dining room at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland

Dining on the terrace of Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

The terrace looks like a miniature version of the garden of Eden or at least how we would picture it! The terrace of Hotel Schönegg is paved with black stone plates and the green trees to protect food aficionados from the sun on hot summer days. A little water fountain completes the paradise-like arrangement. One can listen to the peaceful splashy sound of the water while spacing out into an almost meditative state. Obviously, we decided to eat outside.

The terrace of hotel Schoenegg in Wengen, Switzerland with a view to mount Jungfrau
Garden of Eden: The terrace of Hotel Schoenegg in Wengen, Switzerland with a view to mount Jungfrau

The Aperitif: A glass of Sauvignon on the terrace with a view to mount Jungfrau

We started with a white a dry sauvignon blanc to get into the mood. It was a sunny summer day and we were almost the only guest on this day. We lay back, smiled and zipped on the glass of wine with a view. It was a truly relaxing moment, almost meditative.

Solène sitting at the table on the terrace of hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland.
Solène relaxing on the terrace of Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland.
Our dining table on the terrace of hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland. In the background mount Männlichen.
Our dining table on the terrace of Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland. In the background mount Männlichen.

Dining at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen: The Starter Part 1 – Veal tartar with truffle cream and buttery brioche

We were not in the mood for ordering the set menu. Therefore we ordered à la carte. We were served sliced salmon sashimi with a homemade cracker, black sesame seeds and a horseradish mousse. The amuse bouche was garnished with fresh herbs and presented on 2 porcelain spoons. To start with we decided to share the veal tartar with lime vinaigratte and truffle cream, served with a heavenly buttery brioche.

Pinot Noir from Pircher with Amuse-Bouche at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
Pinot Noir from Pircher with amuse bouche at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
Veal tartare with truffle cream at hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
Veal tartar with truffle cream at hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland

Dining at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen: The Starter Part 2 – Summer Salad and Truffle Tagliolini

Our pick for the second starter was a summer salad with pieces of melon, turnip bits, garnished with popcorn and dressed with a sherry vinaigrette. This dish tasted like a perfect summer day in a bowl. The salad with pieces of fruits dressed with the slightly acid vinaigrette was a light and right choice.

A summer salad with popcorn at hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
A summer salad with popcorn at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

As we wanted to taste as many dishes as possible, we decided to share a portion of the homemade tagliolini with a rich truffle sauce. This was such an excellent choice that we almost forgot to take a picture of our favourite course that evening.

Truffle Tagliolini at hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
Truffle Tagliolini at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland

For the main course we switched to red wine. The Pinot Noir from Pircher in Zurich paired perfectly with the creamy truffle tagliolini.

Dining at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen: The mains – Lucerne beer porck chop and an aspargus lasagne

Matthias chose the Lucerne beer pork chop with truffle jus, mashed potatoes and summer vegetables – the speciality of the house. As Matthias grew up in Lucerne, he had no other choice but to try this.

Beer pork chop Lucerne style at hotel Schönegg in Wengen, Switzerland
Beer pork chop Lucerne style at hotel Schönegg in Wengen

My choice was the lasagne with asparagus. It was a tasty and rich meal and it made me feel great! We decided not to go for desserts as the generous portions were satisfying. A wonderful meal in the garden of Eden. The perfect location to end the perfect hiking day. I am still dreaming about the Talioglini. Mmmmm….so delicious!

Lasagne with aspargus at hotel Schönegg Wengen, Switzerland
Lasagne with aspargus at Hotel Schönegg Wengen

Conclusion: We loved Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

We spent two nights at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen. We fell in love with the view from their garden to the Jungfrau. To sit on the terrace on earth after a hike on a hot summer, day sipping a glass of white wine and looking at the mountains was to good to be true. We liked the traditional Swiss dishes and the hospitality of the owner and personnel. The romantic Hotel Schönegg in Wengen is on our list of best hotels in Switzerland and we can’t wait to go back.

Matthias Meyer headshot / portrait
Matthias’ Hike Pairing

Hike&Dine: Via Alpina from Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen

“Hike on the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren and explore Lauterbrunnen valley – the place that inspired J.R.R Tolkien to write Lord of the Rings.” 

More impressions from our stay at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

Practical Information

Practical information for your trip to Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

Get to Wengen by train from anywhere in Switzerland. Look up trains directly on the site of Swiss National Railway (SBB) by typing in the starting point and Wengen as the destination.

We stayed in Hotel Schönegg in Wengen. You can more information and make a booking here.

Make sure you visit Jungraujoch. You can buy a ticket in advance here.

Wengen is a car free village. Park your car in Lauterbrunnen and take the train to Wengen. Tickets for the parking can be bought here.

Hike&Dine Tip

Tips for your stay at Hotel Schönegg in Wengen

Wengen is the perfect starting point to explore of the best of the Bernese Alps. Here some tips on what to do while you stay in Wengen:

From Wengen you can hike on the Via Alpina to Kleine Scheidegg / Grindelwald and take the train back.

The same works obviously in the other direction: Hike to Lauterbrunnen or Mürren and come back by train and cable cars.

Wengen is the perfect starting point to visit the Jungfraujoch. Skip the masses and take the first train in the morning. You can buy a ticket in advance here or at the trainstation in Wengen.

Take the airy rooftop cabin from Wengen to Männlichen and soak in the panoramic views while the cabin brings you to the top of mount Männlichen. From there hike to Kleine Scheidegg, have lunch on the terrace in Hotel Bellevue des Alpes. Read about our experience at Hotel Bellevue des Alpes here. The train takes you back to Wengen.

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