Adelboden Tourist Attractions
Canton Bern (BE)The village of Adelboden, a popular altitude and winter sports resort in the Bernese Oberland, lies in a sheltered situation on the west side of the Engstligen valley at the end of a road from Lake Thun. Along the east side of the wide valley with its scatter of huts rises the Lohner chain; to the south is the Wildstrubel.
Main Village Sights
The attractive mountain village of Adelboden is famed for its scenic beauty, its many charming old farmhouses, and its hotels and chalets scattered about on sunny terraces. On the south wall of the church (1433) is a late 15th C. painting of the Last Judgment.The Alpine Garden Horeli is open from June to September.
The local museum in Adelboden is housed in an old church and features displays depicting life in the Engstligen Valley.
Some good climbs in Adelboden are:Via Hahnenmoos up the Laveygrat (2,254 m/7,395ft: 3.5 hours, not particularly difficult); via Schermtanne up the Albristhorn (2,765 m/9,072ft: 5.5 hours, for experienced climbers only); from the Engstligenalp in 5.5-6 hours, with guide, up the Wildstrubel (the east peak, Grosstrubel, 3,253 m/ 10,673ft), with magnificent views (west peak climbed from Lenk in the Simmental); from the Engstligenalp by way of the Engstligenrat to the Gemmi pass (four-five hours, with guide)
Winter sports activities in Adelboden include:Good downhill runs from the Fleckli (1,862 m/6,109ft: two lifts from Boden), on the Engstligenalp (1,940 m/6,365ft: three lifts; accessible by cableway); from the Kuonisbergli (1,731 m/5,679ft; two lifts from Boden); from the Schwanfeldspitz (2,029 m/ 6,659ft; lift; accessible by cableway); from the Luegli (2,080 m/6,824ft) and from Lavey (2,200 m/7,220ft; chair-lift from Geils) and on the Hahnenmoos (1,957 m/6,421ft: lifts from the Simmental; combined "ski pass" with Lenk; accessible by cableway from Geilsmäder). Also ski-jumping, cross-country skiing, skating (rink with artificial ice) and curling (indoor and outdoor rinks).
In the area surrounding Adelboden there are about 200km/125mi of signposted walks.
A chairlift, 1,268 m/ 4,160ft long, ascends in 8.5 minutes to the Tschentenalp, on the east side of the Schwanfeldspitz (2,029 m/6,657ft: restaurant), from which there are magnificent views of the Lohner and Wildstrubel. A road runs 3.5km/ 2mi west up the Allenbach valley to the Schermtanne inn.
A narrow road branches off the road to Frutigen (on right, after the second bend), runs south up the Engstligen valley and passes through Boden to the hamlet of Unter dem Berg, at the Lower Engstligen Falls (6km/4mi), from which a cableway takes us up past the Upper Engstligen Falls to the Engstligenalp (1,940 m/6,365ft: Berghaus Bärtschi, 15b. Berghotel Oester, 40b.), a former lake basin at the foot of the Wildstrubel. A bus runs southwest up the Gilbach valley to Geils. Cableway from Geilsmäder (1,707 m/5,601ft) to the Hahnenmoos pass (1,957 m/6,421ft: Berghotel 15b.). Chairlift 1,650 m/5,414ft long from Geils to the Laveygrat (2,200 m/7,218ft) and a chairlift from Geils to Luegli (2,080 m/6,824ft), both operating only in winter. From Hahnenmoos it is a 45-minute descent to the Bühlberg restaurant (1,660 m/5,446ft), from which a road leads down (6km/4mi, with steep bends) to Lenk in the Simmental, or alternatively along the valley by cableway.