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KANDERSTEG

BERNESE ALPS — GERMAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

ALTITUDE: 3,852'  •  POPULATION: 1,250

CANTON BERN • BERNESE OBERLAND

WESTERN CENTRAL SWITZERLAND

BAHNHOFSTRASSE IN THE CENTER OF KANDERSTEG
WITHIN THE JUNGFRAU-ALETSCH WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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Alps, Cheese, Cowbells, and Trains

          in the minds of many visitors, KANDERSTEG is quintessential switzerland. ITS BROAD, FLAT VALLEY IS IDEAL FOR AGRICULTURE, WHICH, IN THE BERNESE ALPS, USUALLY MEANS THE PRODUCTION OF RICH, TASTY, MOUNTAIN CHEESE. WHERE THERE IS CHEESE, THERE ARE COWS. AND WHERE THERE ARE ALPS AND COWS, THERE ARE COWBELLS.

          the mountains that surround kandersteg on three sides rise to 10,000 feet: a mile and a half above the town. hikers and climbers consider kandersteg as much an outdoor playground in the warm months as skiers do in the winter. yet the town itself is nearly as flat as a dry lakebed, with just a slight rise along bahnhofstrasse from the railway station into the center of town.

          kandersteg's railway station is no sleepy outpost with rusty rails and a train a week. with hourly trains in each

KANDERSTEG — WHERE CHEESE COMES FROM

direction along a major north-south
railway line that crosses through switzerland's main alpine spine via the 9-mile- long lÖtschberg tunnel just south of town, kandersteg is about midway between the swiss borders with germany and italy. this means that kandersteg — despite it small size and remote alpine setting — is a perfect base for day-touring throughout much of switzerland.

WHERE WE STAY IN KANDERSTEG — APARTMENTS & LOCATIONS

KANDERSTEG BALCONY — ALPINE VIEW

CHALET APARTMENT BALCONY VIEW OF KANDERSTEG & THE BERNESE ALPS
(Click here to see a larger, panoramic version of this view.)
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

           Balcony view from Home At First apartment in Kandersteg, Switzerland. The view looks south into the Bernese Alps, the principal alpine spine that crosses Switzerland from southwest to northeast. Few roads cross these mountains. Along this alpine axis, Kandersteg lies about midway between the nearest north-south alpine passes crossed by road, themselves about 70 miles apart. Still, Kandersteg is beautifully situated as a base for touring both sides of the Alps — by train. The north portal of great Lötschberg Tunnel  cuts through the Bernese Alps just south of Kandersteg — left of the leaning tree and above the middle geranium in the above photo. Nine miles further the south portal opens above the Rhone Valley. On the Kandersteg (north) side of the Bernese Alps, the weather is often cooler and wetter than the weather on the Rhone Valley (south) side. The Bernese Alps form more than a barrier to automobiles. On the north side weather fronts coming from the North Sea and the Atlantic hit a mountainous wall and drop their precipitation. On the south side, warm, dry weather from the Mediterranean and Africa create a different climate. Rainy day in Kandersteg? Take the train through the Lötschberg Tunnel to escape the wet weather and find dry adventures in southern Switzerland, or even in very-reachable, sunny Northern Italy.

NOTE: Photos on this page are taken from several Home At First apartments in Kandersteg.

— HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS IN KANDERSTEG —

         HOME AT FIRST offers vacation apartments in several locations in the small town of Kandersteg. Most apartments are decorated and comfortably furnished in traditional Swiss alpine style. The apartments are clean, well cared for, and well-equipped. All are within reasonable, flat, walking distance to stores, services, several restaurants, and to the railway/bus station. Each apartment has secure entry, and Kandersteg is a safe, prosperous, residential community. Importantly, all HOME AT FIRST Kandersteg apartments come with caring, English-speaking hosting on-site or very close by.

AMBIENCE: Our Kandersteg apartments are homey, comfortable, quality lodgings. Each is unique. All come with private balconies or patios with alpine view. Apartments are of different sizes and capacities: 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments, sleeping from 2 to 7 persons.

FLOORS & ENTRIES: The apartments are on the ground, 2nd and 3rd floors. Reaching them requires climbing a flight or two of stairs. All our Kandersteg apartments are well-located, safe, and very livable. Kandersteg does not have through automobile traffic, so car noise is minimal. Kandersteg's excellent rail service — hourly trains to both sides of Switzerland's central spine of Alps from pre-dawn until late in the evening — is within easy walking distance from all HOME AT FIRST Kandersteg apartments.

 

 

SAMPLE HOME AT FIRST KANDERSTEG LODGINGS

 

KANDERSTEG

BERNESE ALPS • SWITZERLAND

CHALET BALMHORN

— 3 STANDARD APARTMENTS —

Two 1-bedroom (sleeps 2), 1-bath apartments,
2nd & 3rd floors. One 4-bedroom (sleeps 7),
2-bath apartment, 3rd floor with attic loft. Full kitchens with dining. Living rooms, & balconies with fine views of the main spine Bernese Alps.
5-8-minute walk to Kandersteg's rail & bus
station and all the town's shops & restaurants. Attentive on-site English-
speaking owner/hosts.

   

CHALET ZALLERSHORN

— STANDARD APARTMENT —

2-bedroom (sleeps 2-4), 1-bath apartment.
Ground floor. Modern interior. "Chocolate Box"
exterior. Patio with table & chairs for outside
dining with a fine view of the Bernese Alps.
5-8-minute walk to Kandersteg's rail & bus
station and the town's shops & restaurants.
Attentive on-site English-speaking owner/hosts.

CHALET DOLDENHORN

— 2 STANDARD APARTMENTS —

1-bedroom (sleeps 2), 3rd-floor apartment.
2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bath, 2nd floor apt. Bathrooms have tub/showers. Both apartments
have balconies with views of the Bernese Alps.
6
-10-minute walk to Kandersteg's rail & bus station and the town's shops & restaurants. Attentive, English-speaking owner/hosts live close by.

CARE AND CLEANLINESS. The apartments have been thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival, but are not maid-serviced during your stay. Apartments are non-smoking and do not permit pets. Basic starter kitchen and bathroom supplies are provided.

OPEN-PLAN LIVING & DINING ROOM

IN A LARGE, MULTI-STORY

4-BEDROOM APARTMENT

AT CHALET BALMHORN

          Open-plan living room/dining room of a multi-story Home At First Kandersteg apartment in Chalet Balmhorn. Lots of blonde wood from local alpine forests has been used inside the apartment in keeping with its Swiss regional character. This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment has a small extra bedroom and a small loft lounge under the eaves upstairs, making it ideal for families of up to seven persons.

Photo copyright Home At First

WELL-EQUIPPED: HOME AT FIRST's Kandersteg apartments have, as a minimum, at least one bedroom, 1 bathroom with a shower, living/dining room, and well-equipped kitchens. Bed, bath, and kitchen linens and towels are provided. Flat-screen TV and WiFi are included.

OPEN-PLAN LIVING/DINING/KITCHEN

IN A 2-BEDROOM, GROUND FLOOR

CHALET BALMHORN APARTMENT

          Open-plan living/dining/kitchen of a 2-bedroom (4-person capacity) apartment at Kandersteg's Chalet Balmhorn. Note that the apartments are not air conditioned — few vacation apartments in Switzerland have air conditioning. Kandersteg's altitude at almost 4,000' deep in the Bernese Alps means it rarely sees temperatures above 75°F even in July and August, when fresh snow can fall on the surrounding high mountain peaks. All Home At First Kandersteg apartments have central or in-room heating which may be needed any month of the year.

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HOSTING: Importantly, all our Kandersteg apartments come with the welcoming, enthusiastic attention of your host &/or hostess, who is/are committed to making your stay in their accommodation delightful and problem-free. Your English-speaking host(-ess) meets you upon your arrival at Kandersteg's rail station and introduces you to your apartment and its operation. Your host(-ess) is available throughout your stay for any questions, problems, or emergencies, and to advise you when you wish to organize activities.

DOUBLE BEDROOM (PULL-APART TWIN BEDS)

WITH BALCONY IN A 1-BEDROOM, THIRD FLOOR

2-PERSON, CHALET DOLDENHORN APARTMENT.

One-bedroom (2-person capacity) Home At First Kandersteg third-floor chalet apartment. Note the furnished balcony which provides a grand alpine view and, if needed, cool air on warm evenings in the Bernese Alps.

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KANDERSTEG APARTMENT LOCATIONS & TRANSPORTATION

HEAVY TRAFFIC —
ENTERING KANDERSTEG

ON THE MAIN ROAD

FROM THE SOUTH

Home At First Kandersteg apartments are located in town, within easy walking distance of stores & restaurants.
Traffic on Kandersteg's roads is usually light, but, as shown above, there can be times when traffic is busy, too.

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         HOME AT FIRST's Kandersteg

 

vacation apartments are located in residential sections of the town. All are convenient — walks of 5 minutes or less — to Kandersteg's center where main street intersects station street, where most shops, services, and restaurants are concentrated.

          Despite Kandersteg's small size and mountainous location, it is extremely well-served by public transportation. Three minutes along station street from the town center leads to Kandersteg's busy railway and bus station. From here, hourly rail services carry passengers north to Lake Thun, Bern (Switzerland's capital city), and beyond to distant parts of German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland, and reach Germany in about 2.5 hours.

          Hourly southbound trains lead through the Lötschberg Tunnel to the isolated, high Lötschen

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SOUTHBOUND PASSENGER TRAIN ARRIVING IN KANDERSTEG. Kandersteg receives excellent train services. Hourly trains in each direction depart Kandersteg starting at about 6AM daily. The last daily trains arrive in Kandersteg from the south at about 10:45PM and from the north at  about 12:45AM. Fast, frequent rail service means Kandersteg is within day-trip reach of much of Switzerland as well as destinations in northern Italy and southern Germany. Popular Swiss day-trip destinations include Lake Thun, Bern, Zermatt, Montreux, Basel, Zürich, Luzern, Lake Brienz, Interlaken, and the Jungfrau Region.

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Valley, and further along the South

 

 

Ramp to Brig in the Rhone Valley, from which

 

Oeschinen Lake
Reached by cable car from Kandersteg
plus a 20-minute walk in alpine scenery.
This spectacular alpine region is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

connecting trains lead to Zermatt and into Northern Italy in about 2 hours.

          Kandersteg's central position on a major north/south rail line make it a convenient base from which to explore far and wide throughout Switzerland. But, Kandersteg's central position in the Bernese Alps make it a great alpine destination in itself, with much to see and do: walking, climbing, swimming, cycling, touring, and plenty of fine dining.
          Buses from Kandersteg operate hourly north to neighboring Frutigen and mountainous Adelboden, and to Kandersteg's three outlying valley stations for cable cars up into the Bernese Alps (including to Oeschinen Lake, photo left). A fourth limited local bus service takes reserved passengers into the remote, spectacular scenery of the Gastern Valley.

          Walkers of moderate fitness will find superb moderate hiking in the outstanding alpine scenery of Gastern Valley, or to the Oeschinen Lake, or between historic villages in the Lötschen Valley.

          Adventuresome (and top-fit) visitors will want to consider hiking across at least one of the high passes from Kandersteg east to Griesalp, west to Adelboden, and south to the Lötschen Valley, or to the famous Gemmi wall and on to

 

Leukerbad in the Rhone Valley.

 

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