Hiking & nature

Kandersteg circular trails

It doesn't always have to be a mountain tour lasting several hours. These short routes are usually close to streams or villages, are beautiful, leisurely and in some cases barrier-free.

Kandersteg stretches over 4 kilometers and runs parallel to the Kander. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountain peaks and the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here we present six leisurely walks and circular routes, most of which are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The routes lead past 26 marked posts that show you the special features of the village plain.

Travel comfortably by train to Kandersteg. The starting points of the three circular hiking trails are located directly at Kandersteg railway station

Kandersteg circular routes

There are three different routes to choose from, passing interesting places in the village. The 26 spots are all well signposted and easy to explore, thanks to the practical brochure with pictures and text descriptions.
Walking time: Depending on the route, 1-2 hours.
Walkability: All year round. Some of the paths are also accessible by prams or wheelchairs.

 

Panorama Trail Höh

The Höh is an attractive circular walking trail. The trail first follows the riverside path along the Kander and is particularly charming, in summer as well as in winter, when the riverside woodland is covered with glittering frost crystals. The trail continues past the weir and through the Höhwald forest to the Höh lookout point. From here you have a charming view of Kandersteg and the surrounding peaks. The trail continues on via Bütschels back to the station. 

Please note the different routes in summer and winter. In summer, follow the yellow signs; in winter, follow the pink signs that mark the winter walking trail. 

Walking route Kandersteg railway station - weir - Höhwald - Höh - Bütschels - Kandersteg railway station
Distance around 6 km
Walking time around 2 hrs
Elevation difference + 150 m / -150 m 
Degree of difficulty light - medium
Dining options There are several restaurants in the village of Kandersteg

Fifalle Tour

The route first runs along the railway line and then continues along the picturesque Kander River to the International Scout Centre. From there it goes to Eggeschwand, where the valley station of the Sunnbüel cable car is located. The walking trail continues on through the beautiful Filfalle area back to the station. 

Please note the different routes in summer (yellow signs) and winter (pink signs).

 

Walking route Kandersteg railway station–Eggeschwand–Filfalle–Kandersteg railway station
Distance around 6 km
Walking time around 1.5 hours
Elevation difference + 40 m / - 40 m
Degree of difficulty light
Dining options There are several restaurants in the village of Kandersteg. The trail leads past the Waldhotel Doldenhorn and the Landgasthof Ruedishus.

Oeschiwald Tour

The short circular trail starts near the Catholic church and leads you through the Wildi into the Oeschiwald. Follow the clearly visible markers as you walk through the forest. When you reach the valley station of the Oeschinen gondola lift, continue walking north along Oeschigässli and return to the station via Nidermatti. In winter, enjoy the enchanting landscape in one of the sunniest areas of Kandersteg. Along the way you will also find benches where you can rest awhile and enjoy the surroundings.

Walking route Kandersteg railway station–Wildi–Oeschiwald–Talstation Gondelbahn Oeschinen–Niedermatti–Kandersteg railway station
Distance around 3 km
Walking time 1 hour
Elevation difference + 60 m / - 60 m 
Degree of difficulty light - medium
 Dining options There are several restaurants in the village of Kandersteg 

Accessible circular walking trails

The accessible circular trails have three different levels of difficulty. They are based on the requirements defined by Mobility International Switzerland (MIS) together with Schweizer Wanderwege and described in their printed materials.

Circular trail 441 Wageti circular trail

This popular trail along the Kander gives you some fascinating insights into the impressive mountain world that surrounds Kandersteg. During your walk you will pass the International Scout Centre and can admire richly decorated farmhouses as well as the idyllic Muggenseeli.

Walking route Kandersteg railway station - Muggenseeli - Kandersteg railway station
Distance 4 km
Walking time 55 minutes
Elevation difference + 30 m / - 30 m
Degree of difficulty easy (for wheelchair users)
Dining options There are several restaurants in the village of Kandersteg

Circular trail 442 Oeschigässli - Kander - Circular trail

From the station, the trail leads towards the valley station of the Oeschinensee gondola lift. The road leading there is named after Kandersteg's honorary citizen: Former Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi. From here there is a wonderful view of the little church with the imposing Blüemlisalp massif in the background. The trail continues along the Kander and past the trussed iron bridge that dates back to 1912 - this footbridge is a contemporary witness to the construction of the Lötschberg railway. Along the lakeside path we return to Kandersteg station.

Walking route Kandersteg railway station - Muggenseeli - Kandersteg railway station
Distance 3 km
Walking time 50 minutes
Elevation dfference + 40 m / - 40 m 
Degree of difficulty medium (for wheelchair users)
Dining options There are several restaurants in the village of Kandersteg

Circular trail 443 Oeschiwald circular trail

The Öschiwald is not only a place of peace and relaxation, as it's also known as a place of power. Here you can unwind and recharge your batteries at the same time. The constantly changing views towards Kandersteg and the surrounding mountains also provide variety along the entire route. This forest offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy nature and find inner peace.

Walking route Kandersteg railway station - Muggenseeli - Kandersteg railway station
Distance 3 km
Walking time 40 minutes
Elevation difference + 60 m / - 60 m
Degree of difficulty heavy (for wheelchair users)
 Dining options There are several restaurants in the village of Kandersteg

Availability Today (Thursday) open

The circular trails are accessible all year round.

The trails’ suitability for wheelchair-users is guaranteed from May to October.

Arrival

Travel by train to Kandersteg. The starting points of the three circular hiking trails are located directly at Kandersteg railway station.

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