Do I need cable cars for Adelboden hikes in June?

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Mar 14, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Hi all,

I'm planning on visiting Adelboden for 5 days in mid June and have a few questions regarding 3-4 hour long day hikes. I'm having trouble grasping the concept of the cable car system and if I'll need to take them or not. I obviously know what they are, but how vital are they if I'll have a rental car the entire time? Am I wrong in thinking that I'd be able to drive to different places for different hiking trails?


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Mar 15, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Hi GPelatti,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! Adelboden is situated at the end of a valley and can be reached by bus or by car. Once there, the options by car are very limited. The village is surrounded by mountains and most areas are only accessible on foot, by cable car or by bus. A few places like the parking lot at the end of the Engstligenstrasse can be reached by car. From there you would take the cable car up to the best hiking area: king/engstligenalp. Or you can walk up along the waterfall: king/engstligenalp-unterdembirg.

There also are hikes across the mountains to other valleys. The one across the Hahnenmoospass to Lenk might be accessible in June. You'll end up in another valley, so a car is not useful. You'd take public transport back, or you can walk back or partly take cable cars.

You can start hiking right from the village, but in reality it's useful to start higher on the mountain at least in some occasions.

A car will mostly stay put in the parking lot. Actually that's how we usually do our day trips in Switzerland: not by car, although we do have one. As you have to rent one I'd reconsider if that's worth it. It might be if you intend to visit other regions while there. This page might be helpful: rversustrain.

Please find some further details about the valley and nearby valleys here:

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