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Lake Oeschinensee & Beyond

Bernese Oberland - a week's walking in Kandersteg
 
The picture-book village of Kandersteg provides the idyllic setting for this self-guided, single-centre walking holiday. Enjoy first-rate hospitality at our hand-picked hotel, and explore the fabulous surroundings – and one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes – using our detailed route notes.
Lake Oeschinensee & Beyond. 7 nights
Lake Oeschinensee & Beyond. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Kandersteg

Light-green meadows, bottle-green forests, purple and yellow flowers, blue lakes, white snow-capped peaks, houses of dark-brown wood, red geraniums in window-boxes - Switzerland delights with its colours. In the south-west, the Bernese Oberland is no exception, and the majesty of its scenery has been recognised by UNESCO, which has declared the mountains and valleys surrounding the mighty Aletsch Glacier a World Heritage Site.
Arguably one of Switzerland's most exquisite lakes, emerald Oeschinensee is one of the jewels of the Bernese Oberland, set in an amphitheatre of mountains which at points rise sheer from the water. In the valley below nestles the picture-book village of Kandersteg whose inspirational mountain views are more than enough to tempt you onto the many well-waymarked paths which explore the broad Kander Valley, its various spurs, and the mountains above.
 

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

The easing of travel restrictions for UK citizens means that we are resuming this holiday from the start of September 2020.

Looking further ahead, we are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
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    The best time for flowers is late June and early July.
     
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  • An introduction
    The walks for which we provide route notes reveal different aspects of the Kander Valley, and your hosts will be happy to provide more suggestions if you need them. As some of our walks are accessed by bus, train or cable car, we include a 'half-fare' travel pass.
  • 7km to 22km

    Oeschinensee: higher option: 12km, 4.5hrs; lower option: 7km, 2hrs
    This is a walk not to be missed. Take the gondola from Kandersteg into the mountains above the village, where a path leads high above the north shore of the lake, giving you an unrivalled panorama of Oeschinensee. From this angle, you can appreciate how the lake is set like a jewel in an amphitheatre of glistening rock which at points rises sheer from the water. The tops of the surrounding mountains are usually cloaked in snow all year round, and are reflected in the water on still days. For an easier day, you can follow paths nearer to the water before descending on foot to Kandersteg.

    Gasterntal Nature Reserve: lower option: 22km, 6hrs; higher option: 11km, 5hrs
    Renowned as the  classic glacial valley in the Bernese Oberland, Gasterntal is a beautiful, secluded valley – now a nature reserve. There are two ways to enjoy the valley. The first option is to take a bus to the entrance of the spectacular Kander Gorge. After the gorge, the valley opens up slightly, but it is a deep valley, and the silence – bar the sound of rushing water – is astonishing. For the more challenging option, take a bus further into the valley, then follow an out-and-back route which winds steeply uphill, gaining some 1,000 metres of altitude, to reach the ice of the Kanderfirn Glacier.

    The Gemmi Pass: 20km, 6.5hrs; shorter option: 9km, 3hrs
    Take the bus and then the cable car to Sunnbüel for a fantastic walk to the Gemmi Pass (2,346 metres) on the border between the Bernese Oberland and the Valais, passing the Schwarenbach Hotel where Sherlock Holmes stayed in one of Conan Doyle's tales! From the panoramic pass you return on foot to Sunnbüel via the western shore of Daubensee (or if you don’t wish to walk any further, you can use a combination of cable car, bus and train to return to Kandersteg from the pass).

    The Uschene Valley: lower option: 10km, 3.5hrs; higher option: 15.5km, 5hrs
    Take the cable car into the imposing mountains that rise on Kandersteg's west side, and enjoy a panoramic contour walk in this high valley, with the option to extend up to the high mountain pass of Alpschelegret for superlative views.

    Lötschental: 16km, 5.5hrs
    To discover the scenery on the other side of the mountains surrounding Kandersteg, take the train through the Lötschberg Tunnel, then a bus to the starting point of this walk through the idyllic Lötschental Valley.

    Blausee: 15km, 5hrs
    Though much smaller than Oeschinensee, Blausee is nevertheless very enchanting – it is coloured deep blue due to its crystal-clear waters (Blausee translates as 'Blue Lake'). From Kandersteg, a path leads along the east side of the Kander Valley to the lake. Take time to relax by the shore (entrance fee payable) before continuing through the valley to Frutigen, from where you can return to Kandersteg by bus or train.

    Kandersteg to Adelboden: 18km, 6.5hrs
    This demanding but thoroughly rewarding high-level route leads from Kandersteg to Adelboden via the panoramic Bunderchrinde Pass (2,385 metres). From Adelboden you can catch a bus back to Kandersteg.
    Allmenalp high-level route
    Gastern Valley
  • Bern & Interlaken 

    Medieval Bern
    To ring the changes, you may like to make use of your travel pass to take the train to Bern. It may be the Swiss capital, but this medieval city has a distinctly small-town feel and is compact and easy to see on foot. Its centre lies on a broad ridge, with grand squares and the wonderful, arcaded streets which are the city's great feature. The Zytgloggeturm clock tower, with its painted figures and famous chimes which start pealing at four minutes to the hour, is another unmissable sight. Art lovers will appreciate the Fine Arts Museum with several pieces by the major Impressionists, and works by Paul Klee, who lived in Bern for many years. 

    Scenic Interlaken
    Another option is to visit Interlaken, an attractive town which owes its name to the fact that it lies between the sparkling lakes of Thun and Brienz. The snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger form the perfect backdrop, best admired from Höheweg, the town's flower-bedecked main promenade.
 

Accommodation

Your hotel for the week is truly outstanding, and one we have worked with for many years.
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria

Bedrooms

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 13 June 2020 - 07 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 - 28 Jun 2020 £1045 £70
    29 Jun - 4 Jul 2020 £1120 £70
    5 Jul - 17 Aug 2020 £1180 £70
    18 - 23 Aug 2020 £1120 £70
    24 - 31 Aug 2020 £1045 £70
    1 - 8 Sep 2020 £1020 £70
    9 - 13 Sep 2020 £990 £70
    14 - 30 Sep 2020 £945 £70
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: A Swiss Half-Fare Card is included providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 13 June 2020 - 07 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 - 28 Jun 2020 £1415 £70
    29 Jun - 4 Jul 2020 £1480 £70
    5 Jul - 17 Aug 2020 £1545 £70
    18 - 23 Aug 2020 £1480 £70
    24 - 31 Aug 2020 £1415 £70
    1 - 8 Sep 2020 £1375 £70
    9 - 13 Sep 2020 £1340 £70
    14 - 30 Sep 2020 £1315 £70
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Kandersteg (TGV/regional rail), approx. duration 10h30 plus 0h04 walk to the hotel. Home, Kandersteg–Paris (TGV/regional rail), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx duration 10h30 plus 0h04 walk from the hotel.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect
    A Swiss Card is included providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 13 June 2020 - 07 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 - 28 Jun 2020 £1115 £70
    29 Jun - 4 Jul 2020 £1180 £70
    5 Jul - 17 Aug 2020 £1250 £70
    18 - 23 Aug 2020 £1180 £70
    24 - 31 Aug 2020 £1115 £70
    1 - 8 Sep 2020 £1085 £70
    9 - 13 Sep 2020 £1045 £70
    14 - 30 Sep 2020 £1025 £70
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Included travel: A Swiss Half-Fare Card is included providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.
    > More information about travelling self-drive

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outward travel on 3-5 & 10-12 April 2020, and for homeward travel on 12-13 April 2020. A supplement of £47 per car per single journey applies outward on Fridays & Saturdays 22-23 May & 10 July-15 August 2020 and homeward on Saturdays & Sundays 30-31 May & 18 July-30 August 2020.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg
    Mini-suite: 13 Jun - 07 Oct 2020 £38

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 Jun - 04 Jul 2020 £115 £125
    05 Jul - 23 Aug 2020 £132 £142
    24 Aug - 13 Sep 2020 £115 £125
    14 Sep - 07 Oct 2020 £106 £116
  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    If purchasing outward connecting travel through Inntravel, the homeward travel is at no extra cost.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Kandersteg (2h25), walk to hotel (0h05) £16 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Kandersteg to Zürich airport (2h25) £0 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bern

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Bern airport to Bern SBB (0h30), rail Bern SBB to Kandersteg (1h), walk to hotel (0h05) £16 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Kandersteg to Bern SBB (1h), coach Bern SBB to Bern airport (0h30) £0 1100

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Geneva airport to Kandersteg (3h15), walk to hotel (0h05) £16 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Kandersteg to Geneva airport (3h15) £0 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Basel airport to Basel SBB (0h20), rail Basel SBB to Kandersteg (2h10), walk to hotel (0h05) £16 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Kandersteg to Basel SBB (2h10), coach Basel SBB to Basel airport (0h20) £0 1330
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • half-fare card
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