Your base for this holiday is Kandersteg, one of the last surviving picture-postcard Swiss villages in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. It's incredibly pretty (with streets full of cuckoo-clock style houses) and very much unspoiled. The combination of high trails and wonderful open plateaux make it a superb cross-country ski choice for all ages and abilities.
Arrive In Kandersteg
Hotel Alfa Soleil
Arrive at the traditional family run 3 star Alfa Soleil hotel, your base for
the next 5 nights. You will receive a welcome drink and a briefing, where you
will be given a map. This evening enjoy a 4 course dinner in the hotel's
Hotel Alfa Soleil
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You can explore the miriad of trails that surround the village of Kandersteg
during your stay here. There are many easy trails that lead in and out of the
pine and beech forests that surround the village. If you wish to go further
afield you can also add cable car tickets for Gondelbahn Kandersteg to
Oeschinen and Luftseilbahn Kandersteg to Sunnbuel (additional cost). If you
would prefer you can also add private X country skiing lessons (at additional
cost) with the local ski school to get you started
You will receive a guest card for unlimited travel on local buses and
includes other regional reductions. During your stay you will have access to
all hotel facilities, including pool/gym/table tennis/drying room and wifi
You will receive a 4 or 5 course dinner each evening, one evening will also
be a speciality theme evening. You will also receive 5 picnic lunches.
Your trip ends after breakfast this morning.
The Hotel Alfa Soleil is a traditional, cosy and family-run hotel on the edge of the village (only 5 minutes' walk from the centre) with a wonderful view over fields to the mountains behind. The restaurant is managed by owner/chef Nico Seiler, has an excellent reputation, and is rated highly by our customers so you will enjoy fine dining whilst staying here. There are 35 rooms on three floors; all rooms are en-suite and have a television, telephone and hairdryer. For the evenings, the hotel has a cosy lounge bar with a pool table and music desk which is open to both hotel guests and the general public. There is also a large lounge area for residents with an open fire where you can relax for a quiet chat or with a book, or to play one of the hotel's board games.
Breakfast is included daily as well as a 4 course dinner each evening. One
evening will also be a speciality themed evening with 5 courses. You will
also receive 5 picnic lunches during the week.
With such a mixture of language and tradition co-existing in such a small
country, it is no wonder that there are so many regional dishes. In the
Bernese Oberland, Austrian and German influences predominate; gastronomic
local delicacies include geschnetzeltes Kalbsfleisch (veal in a rich cream
sauce), Kandersteger Bratwurst au Mad re-Jus (roast sausage with a Madeira
sauce), Lammbraten gefullt mit Krautern (herb roasted lamb) and smoked pork
with sauerkraut, and a selection of colourful salads. Typical desserts
include Caramel-Birne mit Rum-Sabayon (caramelised pear with a rum sabayon)
and Aprikosen-Symphonie (apricot gateau).