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Railway discovery trail from Kandersteg to Frutigen

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The village of Frutigen

Frutigen in the Kander valley is a good base for exploring the regions of Lake Thun, Kandersteg, Adelboden and Brig on the southern side of the mountains.

Hiking from Kandersteg to Frutigen

Enjoy the Kander valley and learn about Swiss rail at the same time.


How to get to Kandersteg and back from Frutigen.


Facts Kandersteg - Frutigen

  • Hiking time: 5h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 780 - 1238 m
  • Distance: 16.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, along railway, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

About the trail

The Lötschberg railway from Spiez to Brig is an impressive piece of railway engineering. You will walk along the northern section of this line, and learn about the railway from the many information boards along the way. The section near Mitholz is particularly interesting, because it contains two spiral loops, partly in tunnels. The loops allow the RegioExpress Lötschberger trains on this route to gradually gain height on their way to the Lötschberg tunnel near Kandersteg.

There are beautiful views of the Kander valley as you cross the forests and meadows. The route can be shortened by two hours taking the bus to Mitholz and starting your walk from there.

Note that there is a trail along the southern section of the Lötschberg railway too.

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