Kandersteg is a village in the Bernese Highlands in Switzerland. Located in the heart of the Alps, Kandersteg is the perfect location to explore the mountains and observe the traditional Swiss alpine lifestyle.

A small farming village with a population of 1,200 Kandersteg today relies heavily on tourism for economic support. The village is also home to Kandersteg International Scout Centre, which is open 365 days and welcomes over 12,000 Scouts and Guides from around the World each year.

In Summer, Kandersteg acts as a resort for hikers from all corners of Europe offering hundreds of kilometres of marked hiking paths. Well maintained and secure via-ferrata and multi-pitch rock climbing areas also attract many guests.

Winter offers a wide range of pisted hiking paths and is one of the biggest cross-country areas in Switzerland. The village also has snowshoe trails, sled runs and skiing areas suitable for beginner-intermediate skiers.

Get in

Public Transit Kandersteg is well served by regular train and bus connections coordinated nationally by the Swiss Federal Railways SBB Trains to Kandersteg run from Thun in the north and Brig in the south. The public transport system is punctual, multi-lingual and easy to use.

Road Most European motorways will bring you to Spiez - 30 minutes north of the village. Travellers from the South use the Goppenstein car-train through to Kandersteg.

Air The main international airports are located in Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Milan. Zurich and Geneva have their own train stations.

Get around

In high season there is a local bus which runs from the train station to Sunnbuel Cable Car and the Oeschinen Gondola. The bus is free with a Guest Card which is available from your accommodation in Kandersteg. This service is operated by AFA Busbetrieb who have up to date timetable information.



Oeschinen Gondola takes you a short walk from Lake Oeschinensee one of the most spectacular scenes in the Alps. During summer it is also possible to ride the Rodlebahn. Sunnbuel is the highest cable car in the village and offers spectacular views toward the southern section of the Alps. Allmenalp operates in summer only and has a small traditional alpine cheesery at the top as well as great views over the village.


Essentials The village has three supermarkets which have a basic range. All are located within a few minutes walk from centre of the village:

The village also has its own Post Office, Doctors Surgery as well as two banks.



The cost of food in Switzerland is very high, and this reflects in the price of eating out in local restaurants. Some favourites include:


Kandersteg has a vibrant array of night life, especially during high season.


There are over 20 hotels in Kandersteg plus countless more Bed and Breakfasts, Holiday Apartments and the mammoth International Scout Centre who in itself has places for 1,800 people. There is an exhaustive list available from Kandersteg Tourismus

Chalet, Kandersteg International Scout Centre

Some of the most popular include:


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Walk/Cable Car/Ski out to:Leukerbaud Lötschental Adelboden Frutigen

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