Waldhotel Doldenhorn

  • Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Kandersteg

  • 4.5

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Set in spacious gardens and with an inviting spa, Waldhotel Doldenhorn is an excellent choice if you're looking for a quiet escape and a place to relax.

A quiet escape at the forest's edge

In a peaceful location on the outskirts of Kandersteg, the hotel is a gentle 20-minute walk from the village centre, and from the Allmenalp cable car. The local bus stops at the end of the hotel's driveway, offering an easy link to the village centre or train station.

Laze on the sun terrace, wander through the large gardens and enjoy the tranquil surroundings and scenic mountain setting.

A country lodge-style hotel with an excellent spa

The hotel interior is spacious and comfortable. Decorated in warm colours with pinewood furnishings, you'll find cosy corners, a billiards table, and a lovely bar - perfect for enjoying a quiet drink. The half board menu is excellent, but if you fancy a change you can also opt to eat in the traditional 'Reudihus' which offers local specialties, including fondue and raclette.

The sizeable spa offers everything you need for some R&R. There's a sizeable indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, and a relaxation area. Massage and spa treatments are also bookable locally.

Added value

Early booking offer available (book by 30 Apr)

Free night offer available (min stay 7 nights, discount automatically applied)

Free 1 full day E-bike rental (for stays of 7 nights or more)

Free return tickets to Oeschinensee and Blausee with hotel bus (for stays of 7 nights or more)

Free daily packed lunch or light lunch in hotel

Free tea and cakes daily in lounge

Free mineral water and iced tea, replenished daily in bedroom minibar

Save an extra £50 per person on holidays departing in Jul, Aug and Sep 2024 (book by end May, discount automatically applied)

Half price rail, bus and boat travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card (worth over £100 per person)

Swiss Family Card Included - free travel for children under 16 on mainline trains/buses/boats in Switzerland when accompanied by a parent

Free use of village buses - with Kandersteg guest card (given by your hotel)

Inghams Guided Walks included from 28 May - 19 Sep (subject to availability)

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or trains from the UK and train transfers


With an “off the beaten track” feel, if you’re looking for unspoiled, traditional Swiss village charm, outstanding Alpine walking, and the wow factor, then book a summer holiday to Kandersteg. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, don’t let the peaceful village atmosphere deceive you because there are a ton of things to do here - over 550 kilometers of walking paths, picturesque mountain lakes and passes, and lots for the adrenaline junkies.

A summer holiday in Kandersteg: exploring the area

Kandersteg is everything you expect from a pretty Swiss village with traditional wooden chalets, brightly coloured flower boxes, and a 16th Century church. Grab a morning coffee in one of the cafés before wandering the streets - look out for the stunning engraved façade of Landgasthof Ruedihus, a hotel and restaurant that is 250 years old, and the Ricola Herb garden. Then head out of the village to Blausee Nature Park and museum and experience the clear lake waters in a glass-bottom boat.

Visit Lake Oeschinensee - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Prepare for jaw-dropping beauty! With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and the mountains in the background, Lake Oeschinensee is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps and makes for some amazing photos! Hire a rowing boat and drift lazily from the shore, linger lakeside for something to eat in one of the restaurants or huts, or try the 750 metre toboggan run with a drop of 150 metres! There's some beautiful walking up here too - take one of the higher trails towards Unterbergli or Oberbergli mountain huts to enjoy spectacular views of the lake from above.

Walking in Kandersteg: alpine passes and trails

Get off the tourist trail and discover traditional villages and the vast undeveloped landscape of the Lötschen Valley. But you don’t have to go far to go big, and in Kandersteg, you can also enjoy gentle walking along the River Kander or a visit to the Gasterntal - a glacier valley with vast waterfalls, wildlife, and forests.

Follow in the footsteps of Picasso and Sherlock Holmes as you explore the Gemmi Pass under the watchful eyes of Mount Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The views are amazing! Or tick off a bucket-list walk and complete a section of the famous Via Alpina long-distance walking trail.

Active holidays in Kandersteg

For the bold, the Allmenalp Via Ferrata is a grade K4 climb on the outskirts of Kandersteg, which crosses a river and waterfalls, rewarding your hard work and courage with stunning views. Or take your bike up to the Sunnbüel by cable car - there's an exhilarating downhill trail that will get the adrenaline pumping. And don’t forget to have a go on the summer mountain toboggan or paragliding over the mountains. It doesn’t get much more wow factor than that!

Why book a summer holiday in Kandersteg with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time at your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Kandersteg’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in Kandersteg. Join a professional walking guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Kandersteg include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 40
  • Official rating: 4.5


Economy Twin Rooms are around 20m² and sleep two to three people. These rooms have forest views, and tend to be at the back of the hotel.

Ambience Twin Rooms are around 25m² and sleep two to four people. These rooms have a balcony with mountain view and tend to be at the front of the hotel.

Mountain View Junior Suites offer the most space at around 45m² and sleep two to four people. These rooms have a whirlpool bath and separate shower, and balcony with mountain views.

Single Rooms are also available. These are spacious rooms at around 20m².

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Bath
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Hairdryer

General information

  • Check-in: 3pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. CHF3.60 per person per night is payable locally (children aged 6-15 years pay a reduced rate of CHF2.50 per person per night, and guests aged 5 and under are exempt).

A local energy charge of CHF7 per person per night is also payable locally.


  • Steps into property: 0
  • Adapted rooms: 2
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Longitude: 7.6688771
Latitude: 46.4862125

  • Transfer time: Approx. 2hrs 45 mins by rail from Zurich airport or 3hrs by rail from Geneva airport. The journey involves one change of trains. On arrival/departure a porter service is available to transfer you from/to the station (porter service is available between 7.30am and 10pm).
  • Located in a quiet spot in between Kandersteg village and the Sunnbüel lift
  • There is a bus stop at the end of the hotel drive
  • 1.4 kilometres from the village centre
  • 1.6 kilometres from the train station
  • 1.8 kilometres to the Allmenalp lift
  • 1.6 kilometres to the Sunnbüel lift
  • 2.3 kilometres to the Oeschinensee lift
  • 1.4 kilometres to the nearest supermarket

Spa & wellness facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Bio sauna
  • Finnish sauna
  • Steam room
  • Kneipp
  • Relaxation room
  • Small fitness room
  • Spa & massage treatments (payable locally)
  • Pool towels
  • Fitness room

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Billiards
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Small 'beer garden'

Family facilities

  • Cots & linen
  • High chairs
  • Early meals for children on request

Enjoy a daily buffet breakfast with a range of both hot and cold dishes.

If you plan on being out for the day you can request a packed lunch to take with you, or if you're having a rest day then a simple, single-course light lunch is available in the hotel restaurant. Both options are included as part of the package.

Afternoon tea and cake are offered every day in the lounge - great for refuelling after a day exploring.

In the evenings a four-course set menu is served (there is a choice of two menus, and vegetarian options are always available). If you fancy a change, you can also dine in a typical Swiss chalet (100 metres from the hotel) with local specialities, instead of the half board menu.

  • No of restaurants: 2
  • Dress code for restaurants:


Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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05/06/2024 - 3 nights
3 adults
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Waldhotel Doldenhorn
Bernese Oberland, Kandersteg
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