- Countryside Snow-scalped Alps
- Country life On the piste
Look at the lid of almost any tin of Swiss chocolates, and you’ll find a postcard-perfect village scene; the snow-sprinkled Alpine town of Adelboden could easily have posed for the picture.
1,350m above sea level, in the mountainous heart of the Bernese Oberland, Adelboden is a village-sized cluster of gingerbread-house wooden chalets surrounded by pine trees and flanked by snow-capped peaks. Switzerland’s scenery doesn’t get more dramatic than this craggy landscape of plunging valleys and dizzying heights. Criss-crossed by cable cars and ski lifts, the picturesque resort town is a haven for snowsports fanatics and Alpine adventurers, and in summer, when a carpet of greenery covers the slopes, Adelboden becomes the destination of choice for hilltop hikers, spa-seekers and lonely goatherds alike.
Do go/Don’t go
Adelboden is an attractive destination all year round, but if you’re going for the ski scene, visit between December and March. Some slopes may be still closed in early December, but if you want to avoid the ski-season crowds, it’s the ideal time to visit. The summer months of June, July and August tend to be warm, bright and rainy.
Planes You can reach Adelboden from all of Switzerland’s major airports – Geneva | Zurich | Bern and Basel – within one to three hours (Bern’s the closest). Unless you hire a car or arrange transfers | you’ll be looking at a one-to-three hour train journey to Frutigen and then a bus trip through the mountain pass to the town.
Trains The nearest station to Adelboden is half an hour away in the town of Frutigen – it’s on a direct line to Spiez, but the efficiency of Swiss public transport means that making rail connections to anywhere else in the country is a breeze. There’s a regular bus to Adelboden that meets all incoming trains.
Automobiles There’s no car rental service in Adelboden itself, but major outlets such as Avis have branches at the four airports, and the roads around the region are fast, safe and efficient – Swiss motorway tax will be included in the hire price. The town itself is readily traversed on foot, although you may find a car useful if you intend to explore further afield.
- Taxis Taxi Bergmann (+41 (0)33 673 2848) is Adelboden’s only operator. Alternatively, book a horse-drawn carriage with Ruth and Robert Dänzer (+41 (0)33 673 28 37).