Kandersteg is a charmingly unspoilt, tranquil village, despite being the last stop on the line prior to the busy 9-ml-long, car-carrying Lotschberg rail tunnel (built 1913), which links north Switzerland with Italy.
The ribbon-like resort stretches 2½ mls N to S with the small hub centred close to the railway station. Life is run at a slow, quiet pace and Kandersteg's main season is summer, when it is well known for its walking opportunities, with 50 mls of hiking trails; Oeschinen Lake above the resort is also a popular summer fishing and boating venue.
This resort is suitable for peace-loving families and mature visitors who enjoy walking in summer, or want a quiet base in winter for learning the rudiments of skiing on unintimidating slopes; also popular with cross-country skiers. More experienced skiers, shoppers and night owls will be disappointed.
The accommodation here is generally small- to medium-sized family-run hotels and pensions with one genuine 5-star establishment. The majority stand beside main road that runs the length of valley to the Sunnbuel cable car and Lotschberg Tunnel. Also a large international scout centre.
Kandersteg is in the upland Bernese Oberland region (28 mls SW of Interlaken. 17 mls S of Spiez. 43 mls SE of Berne. 105 mls SW of Zurich airport. 130 mls NE of Geneva airport). It is situated at the end of a long, narrow valley, flanked on all sides by wooded slopes and stunning jagged mountains; ends S-wards in the face of steep escarpments and forests.