The Mendelssohn memorial in Wengen
In his time, Felix Mendelssohn was regarded as an articulate and worldly prodigy. He studied poetry, classics and theology, and at just nine years old, his compositions were already causing a sensation. As a pianist, he was known for his improvisational skills. On a hike from Interlaken to Wengen via the Lauterbrunnen Valley, he became enchanted by the Jungfrau. On 21 August 1842, on a whim, he drew the now historic sketch of the Jungfrau massif and Wengen on the site where the Mendelssohn memorial stands today. It is considered the earliest non-coloured drawing of Wengen.