Adelboden Travel Guide

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Adelboden Highlights

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     So beautiful 

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     not on train route 

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     just go 

Adelboden Things to Do

  • Adventure Park Reharti - very near...

    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...

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  • Hanging Bridge Hohstalden

    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...

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  • Elsigenalp

    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...

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  • Sillerenbühl - Bütschi - Bergläger Hike

    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...

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  • Hahnenmoos Pass

    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.

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  • Blumenweg - Easy Hike

    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...

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  • Hörnliweg Hike and Alpine Garden

    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...

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  • Tschententalp Hike

    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...

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  • Lower Engstligen Waterfalls

    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.

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  • Discover Engstligenalp

    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...

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  • Upper Engstligen Waterfalls

    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...

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  • Cable car up to the top of the...

    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...

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  • Go Ice Skating - but be careful

    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!

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  • Abseil down a gorge!

    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.

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  • Engstligen Waterfalls

    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...

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  • Chalets

    Like everywhere in the Bernese Oberland you'll find plenty of beautiful wooden houses, called chalet, in Adelboden.In the village centre itself, but of course in the hamlets outside in particular, there are excellent examples of this rural architecture. In summer they are still more picturesque with their surrounding small farmer's gardens and...

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  • Church St. Anton

    Adelboden's church was built in 1433. To the left of the western door you can see a beautiful fresco from 1471, depicting the final judgement. Inside you find a nice wooden ceiling from 1488.In case you have good luck and the sun shines you'll be fascinated by the magic light in the church. Reason are the stained glass windows, a fantastic work of...

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  • Engstligenalp

    A great plain at an altitude of 6000 ft, surrounded by mountains. Snowboard, freeride, alpine and cross-country skiing in winter, hiking and climbing in summer. Cross-country run excellent for beginners and nature enthusiasts - not crowded and not much ups and downs. In June, a dream of mountain flowers and mountain streams. There's a special tour...

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Adelboden Transportation

  • Gondolas and buses

    Adelboden has an efficient gondola and public bus service to help reach the alpine pastures and easy access to some great hiking trails. Adelboden itself is situated on a sunny plateau - the lowe part of Oey is linked by a short gondola and from Oey another long gondola goes to Berglager and Sillerenbuhel. from here you can walk to the...

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  • Arriving in Adelboden

    We were in neighbouring valley of Kandersteg before Adelboden. To get here used to involve train from Kandersteg down to Frutigen and then post bus up to Adelboden - unless you are super fit and can hike up and over the mountain pass routes. Now there is a direct bus service from Kandersteg - takes just over an hour and runs hourly until the...

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  • Rösslipost

    Rösslipost is the name for the horse-drawn carriages which operate after a schedule from Adelboden to the remote glen below Mt. Albristhorn, passing through charming hamlets and restaurants with several stops.You can do the complete round trip, break up your trip somewhere at a nice restaurant and hop on the next carriage or so.The full ride takes...

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Adelboden Local Customs

  • Swiss Mail

    Most swiss [people will have a post box at the post station in the centre of their own..but I liked this one we saw as we walked up to the alpine garden above Adelboden - a swiss cow mailbox! So typically Swiss!

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  • Village Fest

    Our 5 day stay in Adelboden co-coincided well with a village festival on the Friday. Simply a fun time for adults and children alike as roads were closed off to traffic, children could play games and there was food galore with bratwurst, pasta and raclette (molten cheese slapped on bread) were the order of the day. We had a grandstand view from our...

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Adelboden Off The Beaten Path

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    Alpine Garden

    by german_eagle Updated Oct 5, 2003

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    The Alpine Garden is well worth a visit, if only to enjoy the fragrance of its many herbs and Alpine flowers.

    It's a quiet place providing wonderful views.

    You better visit in Spring/Summer, in fall there is not much to see in bloom ...

    It is located near Höreli, about 20 minutes walk from the village.

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Adelboden Sports & Outdoors

  • Hike - Golitschenpass

    Another, more challenging option, is a hike over Golitschenpass to Kandersteg.Take the bus to Elsigbach (change in Achseten) and the cable car to Elsigalp. From there it is an easy hike, almost walk up to the pass. Only the final part is somewhat more steep with serpentines.The view from the pass is jaw dropping: The valley 1000 m vertical drop...

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  • Hike - Mt. Regenboldshorn

    Hiking is a must when you're in Adelboden. One relatively short option is the hike to Mt. Regenboldshorn. Take the bus to Geils and the gondola up to Hahnenmoospass. Turn south and an hour (or one and a half, depending on your fitness) later you will have reached the summit. The final part of the hike is quite steep, so be careful. Signposting is...

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    centre of Adelboden

    by sandysmith Written Sep 18, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Adelboden, situated in the west of the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland, at the end of the valley of the Engstlige river, is a traditional Swiss mountain village on a terrace looking south to the Engstligen waterfalls. Not so oft visited by tourists as its a bit of a trek on the post bus to get here but for those in the know its a sunny valley and its great mountain transport links mean its heaven for hikers in summer and skiers in winter, although scenery is not as dramatic as that in the Jungfrau area. The centre has plenty of shops and cafes strung along the main road and the church with its Romanesque tower provides a central meeting focus.

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