Hiking & nature

Exploring Kandersteg on the “Höh Tour” snowshoe trail

Discover the various snowshoe tours and winter walks around Kandersteg.

Would you like to try something new and experience Kandersteg on snowshoes? Then set out on the "Höh-Tour" - under your own steam. If you prefer a winter walk, the two winter trails through the Oeschiwald or Filfalle are recommended.

Snowshoe trail

Schneeschuhtrail «Höh-Tour»

This circular trail starts out along the River Kander towards the weir/Bern. Now the trail ascends into the Höhwald forest. After climbing 140 metres, you can – if you so wish – divert to the Risetenegg vantage point. Here a splendid view out onto the entire village of Kandersteg and the Blümlisalp massif awaits you. Now follows the short descent back into the village. You leave the Höhwald behind and eventually return towards the train station.

The snowshoe trail 

Signposted: from Höhwald onwards
Walking time: 1 1/2 hours
Distance: 2 km
Elevation difference: 150 m
Level of difficulty: medium

Starting point

From Kandersteg Railway Station, follow the path alongside the tracks (towards Bern), turn left through the underpass, and then turn right. From here, the snowshoe trail is signposted.

Additional snowshoe trails can be found on Sunnbüel (Sunnbüel aerial cableway) and the Gemmi.

Equipment hire

Grossen Sport, phone +41 33 675 00 16, e-mail info@grossen-sport.ch
Käthy Sport & Mode, phone +41 33 675 16 09

Winter walks

Winter walking trail Oeschiwald

This short circular trail leads past the Catholic church into the Wildi in the Oeschi forest. Follow the markings through the forest. At the valley station of the Oeschinen gondola lift, walk north through Oeschigässli and then via Nidermatti back to the station. Enjoy the enchanting winter landscape in one of the sunniest areas in Kandersteg. Along the way there are numerous benches on which you can sit and rest.

Route description

Signposted:

Kandersteg train station–Widli–Oeschiwald–Niedermatti–Train stationKandersteg

Walking time: 1hour
Distance: 3 km
Altitude difference: 60 m
Level of difficulty: easy

Winter walking trail Filfalle

On this winter walk you will experience the peaceful nature and surroundings of Kandersteg. The route briefly follows the railway line and continues along the idyllic Kander river to the International Scout Centre. You reach Eggeschwand (valley station of the Sunnbüel cable car) via the newly built winter walking trail across the meadow. There you cross the main road and walk into the beautiful "Filfalle" area. Here you are in the middle of the popular 5 km cross-country ski trail and can experience the excitement of Nordic skiing up close. At the Waldhotel Doldenhorn, walk to the Ruedihus country inn, along the BLS railway line back to the station.

Route description

Signposted:

Kandersteg train station–Eggenschwand–Talstation Sunnbüelbahn–Filfalle–Kandersteg train station

Walking time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Distance: 5.8 km
Altitude difference: 40 m
Level of difficulty: easy

 

Explore the village of Kandersteg on the circular hiking trails:

Availability Today (Wednesday) open

From mid-December to the end of March, in accordance with the current snow report.

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

The signposted snowshoe trail is accessible free of charge.

BLS suggestion

Combine your excursion with a visit to the House of Museums in Kandersteg

The House of Museums in Kandersteg houses three museums under one roof. Here you can learn interesting facts about the region, the Unesco World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, Lord Baden-Powell's influence on the World Scout Movement and the history of Swiss cable cars and ski lifts. A treasure for the curious!

Arrival

Travel by train to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg Railway Station, follow the path alongside the tracks (towards Bern), turn left through the underpass, and then turn right. From here, the snowshoe trail is signposted.

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