This post was published on 27 October 2013 and last updated by
on 30 December 2022.
Kandersteg-Frutigen: the facts
Hiking time: 5h00
Elevation: 780 – 1238 m
Distance: 16.8 km
Terrain: meadows and forests along the railway track in the Kander Valley
Region: Kander Valley (
Bernese Oberland) About this trail
Lötschberg Mountain 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 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. Directions and map
How to get to Kandersteg and back from Frutigen
Kandersteg and Frutigen can be reached by
regional trains from Spiez and Brig. Hiking route
Follow the sign “Bahnwanderweg” from the rail station of Kandersteg.
Map of the Lötschberg Nordrampe hiking trail Kandersteg-Frutigen
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Page author: AnnikaSince early childhood I've been visiting Switzerland during my holidays and I just fell in love with the country. I spent many summers in the Bernese Oberland, which still feels like my second home, and then started to explore other areas. Traveling, hiking and photographing in the Swiss Alps are my absolute favorite activities.