Visit Kandersteg

Kandersteg Switzerland is a hiking paradise, a beautiful ski resort and an awesome holiday destination

Kandersteg is situated in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. This very pretty Swiss village in the Bernese Highlands is on the edge of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site. 

This beautiful village in the valley of the Kander River is famous for its spectacular mountain and alpine landscapes

As all Switzerland destinations it is also the perfect holiday destination any time of the year:  Offering beautiful hiking and mountain climbing adventures in summer and amazing skiing options in winter.  Kandersteg is a hiking paradise.

Kandersteg Switzerland

Popular hiking / nature walks

  • Take a downhill walk to the beautiful Blausee Lake (approx. 1 ½ hour walk).  Then take the bus back to the village. Blausee is a small lake in the Kander valley, but it is beautiful.
  • The viewpoint at the Hoh offers spectacular views over the village and surrounding mountains. (approx. a 35 minute walk)
  • Lake Oeschinen (Oschinensee) can be accessed via the Kandersteg-Oeschinen cablecar, and it is really beautiful.  (Should you wish to walk, it is approx. 3.5 km from town.)
  • The area has a fabulous and huge amount of hiking trails and beautiful routes you can follow.  For all the information on the available hiking trails, you can refer to this map provided by Kandersteg Tourist Organisation.
  • One of the best Alpine hiking trails:
    • Via Alpina – Hike from Kandersteg to Adelboden (A 17 km hiking trail / Approx. 6 to 7 hours ) – I think this is one of the best hiking trails in the Alps:  Get the Via Alpina Hiking Pass and fill it stage by stage.  Once complete you will receive a certificate.  The stamps for each stage can be found in stamp boxes at the Tourist-Center Kandersteg and Adelboden. Here is the link to the MAP.
Kandersteg valley

Two of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland

It is just impossible to decide which is the most beautiful of the two:

Photos below:  The beautiful Oschinensee

Photos below:  The beautiful Blausee

Blausee
Blausee Switzerland

 

Hotel and Spa Blausee is situated right at the bank of the well-known Blausee Lake with its crystal-clear blue water.  This hotel features a gourmet restaurant offering trout and other delicious treats. A spa area including an outdoor hot tub is there as well.

How to get to Kandersteg

The village is near all the fabulous Swiss destinations:

44 min (43.6 km) to Interlaken

55 min (53.9 km) from Lauterbrunnen

56 min (63.2 km) via the A6 to Bern

1 hr 41 min (111 km) via the A8 to Lucerne

2 hr 35 min (222 km) via the A1 to Geneva

 

The nearest international airport

 

The nearest airport to Kandersteg is Basel Airport (BSL), Switzerland.

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (IATA: MLH, BSL, EAP, ICAO: LFSB, LSZM) – an international airport is 3.5 km (2.2 mi) northwest of the city of Basel in Switzerland.

It is situated 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Mulhouse in France, and 46 km (29 mi) south-southwest of Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany.

Other nearby airports include Geneva (GVA) (124 km) and Zurich (ZRH) (125.5 km)

 

From Zurich

If you take the train from Zurich Flughaven (Airport) to Kandersteg the trip takes about 2 hours and 20 mins, but it is a very scenic trip.

Getting around

During the ski season there is a local bus service which runs from the train station to Sunnbuel Cable Car and the Oeschinen Gondola.  The local bus trips are free with your Guest Card and ski pass.   

Oschinensee Kandersteg Switzerland

Places of interest & Things to do

The hotel and restaurant Landgasthof Ruedihaus is listed as a ‘Swiss heritage site of national significance’.

Landgasthof Ruedihus

Landgasthof Ruedihus is less than 5 minutes’ walk away from Victoria Bus Stop

The Ruedihus

was built in 1753 by Peter Germann.

Ricola Alpine Garden (at the Ruedihaus)

is open all year, but the best time to visit is when the herbs are in bloom (from May to September).

Garden Landgasthof Ruedihus

Explore

  • Dorf und Pfadfinder Museum, VILLAGE- AND SCOUT MUSEUM
  • Snow Ski Resort & Schweizer Skischule Snow-Storm Kandersteg
  • Beautiful cross-country skiing trails, need I say more?  This is Switzerland after all…
  • Winter activities also include ice climbing and ice fishing.

Plan your perfect stay

Where to stay

The accommodations options in Kandersteg ranges from 5-star hotel accommodation to holiday rentals and camp sites.  The brochure will give you many ideas for accommodation, where to eat, maps, and more.  You can search here for the prices and availability on accommodation in Kandersteg.

Popular places to stay

Places that our travelers love – with ratings from real guests.