The Adventure Park is 15 minutes walk from Adelboden. It is absolutely excellent, particularly good for groups of teenagers like the party we took there.
They have high ropes courses across the valley, abseil from the road bridge, great zip wires and you can even throw yourself off the bridge on a Pendulum Jump. Brilliant.
Different prices depending on how many people go. Really really worthwhile.
The staff are more experienced than you could wish for, and they can also act as mountain guides should you want to do some walking at higher altitude like the Wildstrubel. This is a nearby mountain which they guided us on. Just do it.
Near to Frutigen at Hohstalden (bus stop here) is a hanging bridge suspended over the river. Perhaps not as exciting as the hanging bridge in the Aletsch region we crossed earlier in our hols....but an incentive to cross is a little hut which served lovely ice-cream. This one was narrower and swayed more - you are supposed to keep a distance of 10m apart from each other!
Halfway between Adelboden and Frutigen is a windy mountainin road that reaches Elsigenalp (if you go by public transport here arrange with the post bus driver for the connecting mini-bus to take you up) where a small gondola asends higher up to Elsigenalp. Easy circular hikes toa small l;ake here or high pass route over to Kandersteg. Either way the scenery is wonderful and the mountain restaurant here has really friendly staff and great food.
The Blumenweg pass can be extended by hiking over to the Bütschi Valley and down to Berglager where the gondola can be taken back to Adelboden - a good 3-hour hike in total over some 10 km. From the Hahenmoos pass follow the direction of the Regenboldshorn and walk along its base and head for the high valley of Lurnig, where your sight will reach as far as the Niederhorn across the Thunersee, situated about 35 km away. Lovely glacier scenery high above towards the Wildstrubel of the Valais region.The route continues along the 700m high rock walls of the Rotstock. After Lurnig, you will be able to look down on the small waterfall of the Bütschi Bach - the valley path here seemed never ending - seemed a good path for mountain bikes too. Finally cross the tree line, and through conifer forests and meadows to the welcome sight of the gondola station at Bergläger for the easy ride down.
At the Hahnenmoos Pass are restaurants - self service and waiter service with a cosy sundeck with those cool basket chair/sun loungers. There is also a club house for model air plane enthusiasts - quite interesting to observe the painting of the models going on in the workshop.
An easy hike is the Blumenweg - undulates over a difference of 100m. Take the gondola from Adelboden down to Oey and across to Sillerenbühl and follow the signs for the Hahnenmoos pass. Takes about an hour but longer if you enjoy looking at the alpine flowers - there are many info boards along the path with details of the flower, their leaves and flowering season etc... We walked this path twice, once in each direction and enjoyed it immensely. A well as the alpine flowers the scenery around is fantastic.
The Hörnliweg hike is the most popular short hike in Adelboden. Starting in the village, the trail leads in a steady ascent, but well laid path up to the Höreli. There you find the Alpine Garden, a wonderful treasure that assembles all sorts of local flowers and herbs on a small patch of land - its free to enter the gardens but pity the hut here is private and thus not open for refreshments. The views give a good introduction to the layout of Adelboden, we stopped many times for photos. The tour continues and leads to the Taubenfels, at about the same level. There, the admirable view of Adelboden and of the mountains Lohner and Wildstrubel meant another photo stop. Finally, it descend through the Senggi forest down to the village. Takes about 3 hours. The snowman symbol on the hike signs means it is also open as a winter walk.
Length: 6 km
Altitude difference: 242 m
Max. altitude: 1580 m.
A easy hike in the afternoon with lovely views was the hike from the Tschentenalp - reached by gondola from the centre of Adelboden down to Schermtanne, where a lovely restaurant awaits - note no bus service from here in summer but its an easy walk back to Adelboden along the road path. Alternatively you may be able to catch the Rosslipost - horse drawn carriage back at a cost of 10Sfr. The hike descends through meadows, woods and barns - a good variety of views.
TschentenAlp - Schermtanne: 1 hour, 30 minutes, Descent 450m
Schermtanne - Dorf: 45 minutes
Later on in the week we took a short path around the lower gondola station which gave us views of the lower Engstligen Waterfalls - qute a different perspective. Here we also saw information boards on a Klettersteig (fixed ropes) route up - definitely one NOT to try for me! Part of the path goes through the woods and gives a good overall view.
Engstligenalp, is a splendid plateau that has won a place in the 1996 Swiss Cultural Survey as a site of national significance. Reached from Untem dem Birg (a local bus from Adelboden comes here or you can walk along the river). Walk up the hard route by the waterfalls or ride up the gondola. A wonderful panorama awaits at the top - mighty mountains such as the Wildstrubel, Stäghorn and Tschingellochtighorn surrounded by streams and meadows. Many hikes can begin here - easy ones like the flat circular rundweg or harder alpine trails. On the way up in the gondola you will surely see the beautiful Engstligen waterfalls although there are better views from the path and also looking down from the top. This bowl-like amphitheatre is studded with huts and farms selling alpine products. Seemed a popular place with walking groups and camp sites were set up here - perfectly placed to begin pass routes over those mountains.
We opted to ride up the gondola and walk down the waterfall path - a steepish path that took about 2 hours. Not difficult, there are rock steps but sections can be a bit wet and slippery from the spray so take your time and wear good shoes. The best views of the falls are seen this way - it starts off on one side and then crosses over to the other side when it reaches a flower-strewn plateau by way of a bridge so you get superb face on views - the roar and power of the cascade is amazing.
Take the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn. The views from the top are stunning. The cable cars are not cheap, but the journey up is well worth it.
Be prepared for cold at the top. It is nearly 3000 metres high and even in the height of summer there is snow on the ground at the top.
There is a restaurant and shop at the top, and as they once shot a James Bond film at the summit, the shop does a good trade in Bond things. Ok if you like that sort of thing.
There is a good Ice Rink in the town. You have the hire the skates from various shops in the high street and not the Ice Rink. It is very cheap (compared to London) to skate there, but be careful otherwise you will fall and hurt yourself like me!
We took a party of teenagers abseiling down a gorge. It was brilliant. The kids are still talking about it now weeks later. The gorge has a fierce water water river thundering through it and you abseil down the sides. Well worth it.
The instructors are excellent and the equipment is first class.
In the vicinity of Adelboden there are some impressive waterfalls, but the most stunning of them are the Engstligen waterfalls. You can see them from the cable car - like I did - but it is of course more enjoyable to walk and have a closer look.
A hiking path goes up from "Unter dem Birg" all the time along the falls up to Engstligenalp.
When I was in Adelboden the falls were illuminated at night, and I could see them from the dining room as well as from my balcony. Wow!