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This is great! If you are flying Swiss Int. you can have your bags transported all the way through to your closest rail station. At the airport, no bags to pick up! We flew into Zurich and trained to Kandersteg, arriving about 3 pm. Our bags were at the station for pick up a few hours later. You can do the same thing upon leaving. Hand in your bags at the rail station and meet them at the airport. (Zurich or Geneva) Careful though, you have to hand in your bags for departure back to the airport a day or so earlier. Check with your particular station. Cost is $15 per bag, at this writing. The link I've given will give you up-to-date prices and more detailed information.
At the bigger train stations keep a lookout for the blue boxes that contain the free daily newpaper called 20 Minuten. The weather report is on the back page--very handy!
little vs. big
If you're going to get around with a Swiss Pass you will need this big schedule book. It has the schedules for everything your pass is good for. Trains, ships, buses, and all those cable cars, funiculars, gondolas, etc.
This book is too much to carry around in your backpack, so we usually planned our route before leaving. The much smaller booklet to the left is available at the train stations and is very handy and easy to keep on hand. For instance, Kandersteg's booklet listed just the rail rides from that village.
If you're going to use the Post Bus, your Swiss Pass is invalid, you must pay. The Post Bus schedule is in a different book. ( A Big Fat Yellow Book)
Unlike the Allemalp Cable Car, which shoots straight up, the chairlift skirts above the ground, always giving you a delightful view of the mountain. Sheep and goats cavort right below you. Being in the open air is nice too. If it is cool, you can grab a wool blanket at the lift station to cover yourself with for the ride.
Kandersteg is a hikers paradise. Many people decide to stay in Kandersteg because it is a great base village for taking numerous hikes. In the center of town are many signs pointing the way to different kinds of hikes.
the plain yellow arrows are for walkers more than hikers.
the yellow signs that end with a red stripe surrounded by two white stripes mean that it is a mountain hike and more challenging.
the pink signs mean it is a winter walk and kept plowed during the snow season.
all the signs have the approximate time it will take for the hike.
example: 2std. 10 min. = 2 hours, 10 minutes
The chairlift of Oeschinen is on the opposite side of the village from Allmenalp lift. Lots of signs in town will send you in the right direction to catch this lift. GO EARLY! We had the ride to ourselves, and also the lake, by going up at 8:30 in the morning. When we came back down around 11 am, the line was long and weaving! The lift starts operating at 7:30 am during the summer months. Roundtrip cost 17.10 CHF. (with guest card)
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There are 3 ways of getting high in Kandersteg. The Allmenalp cable car is one way. This lift is the cheapest of the three, only 8.30 CHF with our guest card. It leaves the station every 15 minutes or with 5 passengers, whichever comes first. There are two cars-one goes up, while the other goes down. A little cause for concern was the going down part. There wasn't an operator at the top, so we supposed we were to just hop on ourselves. I was scared that the car would just start taking off down the mountain mid-boarding, but it didn't... So we sat a few minutes (pushed a few buttons we probably weren't supposed to) and I guess the 15 min. increment was up because down she went.
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