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Kandersteg Holidays

Charming mountain village with beautiful scenery

Kandersteg is an attractive alpine village enjoying a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery in all directions. The main street is lined with inviting cafés and restaurants, and small shops selling local produce. The walking possibilities are excellent, with an abundance of trails around and above the village, from gentle strolls to more strenuous hill-walking. Our hotels in Kandersteg offer you a great choice of accommodation. The Oeschinen cable-car, which is a pleasant 10 minute stroll from the village, whisks visitors up to the glorious scenery of the Oeschinen Lake. Or take the Sunnbüel cable-car, a short bus ride away, for more walking trails and views. Trains in both directions link well-known places such as Interlaken, Lake Thun, Zermatt and the capital of Berne - the possibilities are varied.

 

Useful Information

Resort Code: CHKA

Languages spoken:

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: CAD

  • from£569pp
  • 30 rooms
Hotel Alfa-Soleil, Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland -Exterior.jpg

Run by the charming Seiler family, the traditional Alfa-Soleil is just 5 minutes’ walk from the village centre and railway station and offers a warm and inviting atmosphere.

 

  • from£599pp
  • 45 rooms
Hotel Bernerhof, Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland - hotel exterior.jpg

Located just 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Kandersteg and offering modern comforts in a traditional Alpine style, the Bernerhof is a great favourite in our programme receiving consistently good feedback for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service and food.

  • from£709pp
  • 40 rooms
Waldhotel Doldenhorn, Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland - hotel exterior.jpg

The Waldhotel Doldenhorn offers good-quality accommodation and lovely spa facilities in an idyllic quiet position.

Travel and Transportation

Departure day Duration
(No. of nights)
To Depart from
Monday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday
4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14
3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14
3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14
4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14
Zurich

Gatwick
Heathrow,
Luton,
London City, Birmingham,
Manchester

Transfer approx. 2hrs 45mins by rail.

Departure day Duration
(No. of nights)
To Depart from
Monday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday
4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14
3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14
3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14
4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14
Geneva Gatwick
Heathrow, 
Luton, 
London City, 
Manchester,
Bristol,
Liverpool,
Edinburgh,

Transfer approx. 3hrs by rail.

Flight supplements may apply and are based on 7 nights midweek/weekend departures. Other UK regional airports are available on indirect flights.

Luggage Services

‘Fly-rail Luggage’ - send your luggage directly from your UK airport to your hotel for only £18 per item per way. See our Transfers page for details.

‘Bagsahead’ - If you would like to have your luggage collected direct from your home, we recommend Bagsahead.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Nearest Rail Station:

Kandersteg

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Inghams Plus

  • Discount Travel Card – worth over £100 per person - included in the price of your holiday
  • Free use of village buses - with guest card (issued locally)
  • Free entrance to 'Blausee' Nature Park & boat trip stays of 7 or more nights
  • Free travel on Swiss Transport Network for children up to 15 years incl.
  • Free daily packed lunches at selected hotels
  • Early Booking Offers at selected hotels
  • Inghams Rep service by phone

Special Offers

Excursions

Suggested days out

'Blausee' Nature Park with boat trip - visit the beautiful lake, famous for its deep blue water. Please 1½ hour walk from resort or take the bus (approx. £4 return)

Oeschinen Lake - UNESCO World heritage site*

From £9, daily

Take the cable-car from resort to this stunning lake above Kandersteg for great walking, popular panoramic terrace restaurant and fabulous views.

Sunnbüel cable-car*

From £11, daily

Enjoy a cable-car ride up to Sunnbüel from where walking possibilities abound (approx. beginning June to end of the season).

Allmenalp cable-car*

From £12, daily

This ride brings you to fantastic scenery and views over the village. A lovely area for walkers and particularly good for spotting wildflowers.

Kandersteg/Adelboden Walkers' Pass*

From Sfr 170 (6 days)

Covering 7 cable-cars in the Kandersteg , Frutigen & Adelboden areas as well as the Adelboden-Frutigen-Kandersteg bus. Lifts include TschentenAlp, Engstligenalp,, Silleren-Hahnenmoos in Adelboden, Elsigenalp in Fruitgen and Oeschinensee, Allmenalp & Sunnbüel in Kandersteg. Bus runs approx. 12 June - October. Bus Kandersteg to Frutigen approx. 30 mins, bus Kandersteg to Adelboden approx. 1hr.

 

PRE-BOOKABLE

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass*

From £125 3 days, £144 4 days or £183 6 days. For those wanting to travel further afield within the region, this good value pass gives you 4 or 6 consecutive days travel on regional trains, buses and boats, including:

  • Trains to Gstaad, Thun, Meiringen and Adelboden
  • Brienzer Rothorn and Niesen mountain railways
  • Unlimited cruising on Lakes Thun and Brienz
  • Mountain transport within the Jungfrau Region

*Family Card not valid with Bernese Oberland Regional Pass. Children up to 16yrs must purchase a 'Bernese Oberland Junior Card' locally (approx. Sfr30 per child) 

*Book locally prices are for guidance only. All prices shown include Travel Card discount. Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Things To Do

Free Excursions

  • Free entrance to 'Blausee' Nature Park with boat trip - visit the beautiful lake, famous for its deep blue water. Please 1½ hour walk from resort or take the bus (approx. £4 return)
  • Free weekly guided tour of the village tour and local museum (Tuesday)

Other things to do in and around Kandersteg

  • Popular terrace restaurant and rowing boat hire at Lake Oeschinen
  • Several festivals take place in July with FREE entrance: Horse show jumping competition with live music (approx. 11 - 14 Jul); ‘Sheep Festival’ at nearby Lake Dauben with traditional music (approx. 26 Jul)
  • Outdoor public swimming pool in village centre
  • Easy train routes to Interlaken, Berne and Zermatt
  • Fortnightly Swiss folklore evenings (Jun-Aug)
  • 'Ricola' herb garden located opposite the Waldhotel Doldenhorn used for the famous Swiss sweets

Discount Travel Card included for all Inghams guests

Save up to 50% with your half-price card on trips of your choice across the Swiss transport network. Included in the price of your holiday, and worth over £100!

Travel card sent to you before departure with your rail transfer tickets.

Exploring on the Swiss Transport Network

Switzerland's excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable-cars, steam boats and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights, at your own pace.

Great Value Travel Passes

Purchase a regional travel pass and only pay one inclusive price for your trips:

Prices shown include Travel Card discount.

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass (pre-bookable)* - From £125 (3 days), £137 (4 days), £163 (6 days), £185 (8 days), £208 (10 days). For those wanting to travel further afield within the region, this good value pass gives you 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 consecutive days FREE travel on regional trains, buses and boats, including:

  • Trains to Gstaad, Thun, Meiringen and Adelboden
  • Brienzer Rothorn and Niesen mountain railways
  • Unlimited cruising on Lakes Thun and Brienz
  • Mountain transport within the Jungfrau Region

*Family Card not valid with Bernese Oberland Regional Pass. Children up to 16yrs must purchase a 'Bernese Oberland Junior Card' locally (approx. Sfr30 per child).

The Bernese Oberland Regional Pass also entitles you to discount and in some cases free excursions out of the following list: (prices may vary)

Schynige Platte

For steam train and train lovers. Explore the stunning mountain backdrop and picturesque meadows. Including trains to Wilderswill and Schynige Platte.

Alperlebnis Betelberg Lenk

Relaxing cable car and train journey sandwiched around an unforgettable 1.5h hike.

Hiking Lötschberger Südrampe and Thermal Bath Brigerbad

Experience Switzerland and travel by bus and train. Including an open-air thermal bath with Europe’s longest alpine waterslide. The 1.30h hike takes you past some ideal vantage points with memorable views.

Hiking and Cruise on Lake Thun

Marvel the magnificent mountain views from this romantic waterside location. There is something uniquely relaxing about this cruise.

 

Village bus is free with guest card
Car hire is available

 

 

Walking

There are over 550kms of walking paths to explore the scenery in and around Kandersteg, parts of which belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps. Lake Oschienen certainly lives up to this recognition with its shimmering mountain lake.

Easy Stroll through the Gasterntal, starting the ascent through the Klus gorge alongside the River Kander, emerging at the entrance of the Gasterntal, a beautiful glacier valley, then heading through the surrounding meadows full of flowers and cowbells. One of the favourites is the easy trail along the valley to the picturesque ‘Blausee’ lake and nature park (approx. 1½ hrs), where all Inghams guests receive free entrance - see the opposite. Or try the well-marked plant trail, a pleasant roundtrip discovering the regional alpine flora from the top of Sunnbuel. Don’t forget to pick up your free pamphlet from the tourist office!

Moderate The famous 'Gemmipass' trail is wonderful for views of the Valaisan Alps and was the main trading route hundred of years ago between the cantons of Valais and Berne. Take the Sunnbuel cable-car from the village and then follow the path crossing the flower-filled Spittelmatte plains and skirting the shores of Lake Dauben. When you reach the Gemmi, you will be able to see the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa peaks

Slightly challenging A trip on the Oeschinen gondola to the shimmering mountain lake is also a must, and is a good starting place for more adventurous walks including the signposted route across the flood plain, through the forest and climb to the Frudenhutte 1000m above. You are rewarded with a stunning view of the lake's crystal blue waters.

Various walking challenges run by the tourist office await those who want to see the best of the region (suitable for all abilities). Collect stamps or passwords on your walks to exchange for a pin badge to resort (badge approx. Sfr5.50 each).

 

Two Centres | You can combine your stay in Kandersteg with one or more Swiss resort(s) of your choice. We recommend Zermatt or Lake Lucerne. Transfers between resorts via the Swiss transport network are included in your holiday.

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