Knowledge & culture

House of Museums Kandersteg

Three museums under one roof: local museum, Scout museum and cable car museum as well as the regional Unesco visitor centre in the heart of Kandersteg

Fascinating stories about Kandersteg and a wealth of information about the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Unesco World Heritage Site await you in the House of Museums. Immerse yourself in the vision of Lord Baden-Powell and the development of the worldwide Scout movement. You can also explore the history of cable cars and ski lifts in Switzerland from their beginnings to the present day.

Travel comfortably by train to Kandersteg. You can reach the museum in 20 minutes on foot through the village. Alternatively, you can take the bus to the "Im Kehr" bus stop.

Exhibitions

The museum complex in Kandersteg is a multifaceted knowledge centre that combines three museums and a Unesco visitor centre under one roof

In the local museum, you can find out about the history of Kandersteg and learn about topics such as geology, customs, tourism development and the construction of the Lötschberg tunnel. It also sheds light on the challenges of travelling over the Lötschen and Gemmi passes, the Belle Epoque in Kandersteg, hotel stories, mountain guides, popular beliefs and sporting activities in summer and winter. In addition, legends are told of the Blümlisalp, Gfellalp and Kander.

In the regional Unesco visitor centre, you can gain an insight into mountain formation and the work of the World Heritage foundation in a playful, visual and interactive way.

The Scout Museum Kandersteg provides information about the Scout movement and its connection to Kandersteg, where Lord Baden-Powell launched the temporary "World Jamboree". You will also find out why Kandersteg and Adelboden were chosen as important Scout centres and gain an insight into the founding of the Girls Scouts.

Last but not least, the House of Museums is home to Switzerland's first specialist cable car museum, where you can admire various types of cable cars and ski lifts. In some cases, it is even possible to try out and experience this impressive technology for yourself.

Opening hours Today (Wednesday) open

From 27 December 2023 to 31 March 2024
every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 14.0017.00 hours

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Admission rates

  • CHF 12.00 Adults
  • CHF 6.00 Children 6–15.99 years old
  • free of charge Children 0–5.99 years old
  • CHF 8.00 Groups (from 10 persons) per person
  • CHF 4.00 Children's groups (from 10 children) per child
Reductions with guest card (adults CHF 8.00, children up to 16 years CHF 3.00), also reduction for groups of 10 persons or more

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Kandersteg, from where you can reach the museum in just under twenty minutes on foot through the village. Alternatively, you can take the bus to the "Im Kehr" bus stop.

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