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Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

Bernese Oberland - something for everyone
 
You will be warmly welcomed to this high-quality hotel with pool, which is situated in the centre of charming Kandersteg – a fabulous, all-round snow destination. The village is particularly renowned for its excellent winter walking, but it also offers easy access to scenic, cross-country skiing trails.
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg. 7 nights
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Kandersteg

for skiers and non-skiers
With scenery on the grandest scale, and quiet, unspoiled villages, the Bernese Oberland possesses unique qualities that leave visitors feeling completely refreshed. The region has many jewels, but one of its most precious is Oeschinensee – an exquisite lake set amid an amphitheatre of mountains, which at points rise sheer from the often-frozen waters. In the valley just below nestles Kandersteg, a picture-book village that makes the perfect base for a relaxing week appreciating the joys of winter.
Of all the ways to embrace the snow in the Kander Valley, winter walking is perhaps the most popular. The network of specially prepared paths is extensive and offers much variety: from leisurely, low-level trails that radiate out from the village to spectacular routes winding up the Gemmi Pass. This is also one of the country’s best cross-country destinations, attracting skiers of all levels with its excellent choice of trails and beautiful Alpine backdrop. And that’s not all: Kandersteg also has silent forests to explore on snowshoes; slopes to whizz down in a toboggan or on downhill skies; and an ice rink where you can try your hand at ice-skating and curling.

There are many reasons why the 3-star Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria has featured in our winter programme for so many years, but it is mostly due to English-speaking owners Casi and Mimi Platzer and their friendly team. The outstanding level of hospitality and personal service makes you feel as though you are a very welcome house guest, and it’s no wonder that so many people return time and again.
 

Book with confidence

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. More details >

Your holiday experience: what to expect >
Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
 

A Slow Film on Kandersteg

 

Our expert says

“Few of our featured hotels have such a wide appeal as the Victoria, and it’s one of those places where you can easily spend an entire week without once donning skis if you don’t want to.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
Gallery
 

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • 55km in the Kander Valley
    Some of the region’s finest winter walking can be found in the Kander Valley: in addition to the low-level trails accessible from Kandersteg itself, the surrounding mountains play host to several superb routes – we recommend getting up high for the best and most beautiful options. Your included guest card entitles you to free use of the local buses, and to discounts on the various mountain cableways.

    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our favourite options, including the following three routes:

    Oeschinensee: 1.5hrs
    This is one walk you definitely shouldn’t miss! After taking the gondola from Kandersteg into the surrounding mountains, you follow a path which brings you out above Oeschinensee’s northern shore – from where you can enjoy an unrivalled panorama of the lake.

    Sunnbüel & the Gemmi Pass: 3.5hrs
    Linking the Bernese Oberland with the Valais to the south, the Gemmi Pass has been an important trade route for centuries. During the winter months, it is possible to enjoy a spectacular walk up the Pass, beginning from the top of the Sunnbüel cable car station and passing the historic Hotel Schwarenbach, a former customs house that has hosted such famous guests as Jules Verne, Pablo Picasso and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s worth calling in to sample the hotel’s tasty homemade cakes before continuing to the highest point of the walk at 2,322 metres; the views across to the Valaisianne Alps from here are quite exceptional. The walk culminates at the Gemmi cable car station, from where you descend to Leukerbad and then return to Kandersteg by bus.

    Kandersteg village tour: 1hr
    Kandersteg’s strategic location and rich farmland have ensured the village’s prosperity over the years; this walking tour takes in some of its finest architecture, as well as the local museum and churches. The village’s oldest church, the Marienkapelle, dates from 1510 and contains 17th-century frescoes and stained glass, while the Catholic church was built as recently as 1927 – prompted by the influx of Italian tourists following the construction of the Lötschberg Railway.
    Walking at Sunnbüel
  • 52km in the Kander Valley; best suited to beginners & intermediates
    Access to Kandersteg’s cross-country trails couldn’t be easier, with the closest trail passing through the meadow right next to the hotel. There are a number of easy routes which meander along the valley floor, while for more of a challenge it’s possible to take the cable car up to Sunnbüel, where there are eight kilometres of snow-sure trails. (View the trail map here >)
    Cross-country skiing in the valley
  • Snowshoeing, tobogganing & more

    Snowshoeing
    There are some wonderfully scenic snowshoeing hikes around Kandersteg, including a route which overlooks the glacial valley of Gastern and another which winds along the Gemmi Pass. Snowshoes and poles can be hired locally.

    Tobogganing
    Alternatively, you may like to hire a sledge from the hotel and try one of the valley’s two toboggan runs. The first is located at Oschiwald – a 40-minute walk from Kandersteg – and descends over a kilometre to finish back in the village, while the second is a thrilling, 3.5-kilometre run from Oeschinensee down to the bottom of the gondola station.

    Ice-skating & curling
    Kandersteg is home to a covered ice rink which is open each weekday afternoon and on weekends when no ice-hockey matches are scheduled. The rink has a curling lane where, once every week, there is an introduction to the sport followed by a game. There is also an outdoor ice rink in the village which is prepared if conditions are right.

    Downhill skiing
    The two small downhill areas around Kandersteg – at Oeschinen and Sunnbüel – are particularly suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. The 13 kilometres of pistes at the top of the Oeschinensee gondola offer the chance to ski overlooking the beautiful lake, while Sunnbüel has three easy pistes.
    Snowshoeing
    Try curling
  • Bern & the Lötschental
    As Kandersteg has a railway station, you can use the trains (pay locally) to visit the medieval capital, Bern, or head to the unspoiled Lötschental.

    Bern
    Switzerland’s capital may be compact, but it is also a charming and surprisingly fascinating city. It’s the birthplace of Lindt and where Einstein developed his career-defining theory of special relativity, and the wonderful arcaded streets and grand squares of the Old Town are home to many tempting artisan boutiques and world-class museums. We provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour, highlights of which include the visit to the Gothic Münster – the 360-degree views from the top are superb – and the impressive Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum dedicated to the works of this Swiss-born artist.

    Lötschental
    Alternatively, for a very different day out, you could travel by train and bus to the delightfully remote Lötschen Valley. Lying between the Bernese Oberland and Valais regions, this unspoiled valley is home to a series of beautifully authentic villages, which can be explored by following one of the area’s cross-country skiing trails or winter walking paths. One of our favourite options is the 9-kilometre walk from Blatten to Fafleralp, which follows the river through forest and offers the chance to call at the Hotel Fafleralp for lunch.
    Visit the quiet Lötschental
  • Special events
    Christmas in Kandersteg is a magical affair. Enjoy a torchlit stroll with mulled wine, a return trip on the gondola to Oeschinensee and a gala dinner, all included in our prices. New Year's Eve features a special dinner with live music and dancing.
 

Where you stay

Nestling in the broad Kander Valley and surrounded by dramatic mountains, Kandersteg (altitude: 1200m) is a picture-book village with a pleasantly bustling centre where you will find a variety of shops, banks and cafés within an easy stroll of the centrally located Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria.
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria

Bedrooms

 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021, 02 January 2021 - 10 January 2021 & 15 January 2021 - 13 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1645
    02 Jan - 03 Jan 2021 £1175
    04 Jan - 14 Jan 2021 not available
    15 Jan - 26 Jan 2021 £1195
    27 Jan - 02 Feb 2021 £1240
    03 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 # £1375
    24 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1240
    03 Mar - 06 Mar 2021 £1145

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day

    # Supplements apply on 13 & 14 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich or Geneva (1h45) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail from the airport (Zürich 2h30, Geneva 3h10) & transfer (0h05)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021, 02 January 2021 - 10 January 2021 & 15 January 2021 - 13 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1625
    02 Jan - 03 Jan 2021 £1270
    04 Jan - 14 Jan 2021 not available
    15 Jan - 26 Jan 2021 £1290
    27 Jan - 02 Feb 2021 £1335
    03 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 £1470
    24 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1335
    03 Mar - 06 Mar 2021 £1235

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg
    Family apartment: 19 Dec - 13 Mar 2021 £70
    Mini-suite: 19 Dec - 13 Mar 2021 £70
    Single room: 19 Dec - 13 Mar 2021 £10
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich or Geneva (latest flight arrival time: 1730; earliest flight departure time: 1300 for both airports)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Geneva easyJet 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Geneva easyJet 
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Geneva jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Geneva jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

  • Combining high-speed Eurostar and TGV with the clockwork efficiency of Swiss railways, this is relaxed independent travel at its finest. You’ll be in the Bernese Oberland in time for dinner!

    If you would prefer an alternative route, our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you.

    > Travelling by train to Switzerland: what to expect
    > More about 'by rail' prices

    Route on which prices are based

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Paris–Basel–Kandersteg (Eurostar, TGV & regional rail, 9h45), transfer from Kandersteg station (5 mins) Approx 0755 Mon-Sat (0920 Sun) Approx 1840 Mon-Sat (2040 Sun)
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Kandersteg station (5 mins), Kandersteg–Basel–Paris–St Pancras (regional rail, TGV & Eurostar, 10h20) Approx 0900 Approx 1830
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail travel from/to Zürich or Geneva airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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