Hiking in the The Kandersteg Swiss Alps is best from June to September. Many mountain rides do not run at other times (except in winter for skiing). Wildflowers are at their best in July. The tourist office has local maps showing the mountain rides and trails. Look for them online or request brochures be mailed to you.
Check the Kandersteg Tourist Office website for information about hiking passes.
These give discounts on the regular prices of the mountain rides. Book your vacation rental on the Kandersteg Tourist Office website or with Interhome.
You don't need a car in Kandersteg.
The train brings you from Spiez to Kandersteg and buses run in the valley. It is a small valley and you can walk to most places.
There are three mountain rides open in the summer: gondola to Oeschinensee, gondola to Allmenalp and a large gondola to Sunnbuel. Plus a bus to the Gasterntal Valley. Chairlift: Kandersteg - Oeschinensee Short chairlift ride to a lake in the mountains above Kandersteg. It is a 20 minute walk from the chairlift to the lake, or walk the whole way (1 hour) and take the chairlift back down. There are more walking trails up there and restaurants on the lake. Gondola: Kandersteg - Allmenalp A small gondola that goes up a steep rock face, making the ride a bit frightening, but there is a good view at the top and it is an easy 2 hour walk back to Kandersteg. There are other walks from the top. You could do a 5 hour, 20 minute hike to Adelboden, in the next valley, then take a bus from there to Frutigen, and get the train to Kandersteg. Gondola: Kandersteg - Sunnbuel (Sun Bowl) Take a bus, drive or walk (30 minutes) from Kandersteg to the end of the valley to get to this mountain ride. The large gondola takes you up to 1900 meters (good views). From the top of the cable car it is an easy 1 hour hike to a hotel/restaurant (Berghotel Schwarenbach). Continue for another hour to Gemmi Pass where you look down to the town of Leukerbad and out to the Valais Alps. Then either walk back or take the gondola down to Leukerbad and take the train back to Kandersteg.
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