Infobox Swiss town
subject_name = Kandersteg
municipality_name = Kandersteg
municipality_type = municipality
imagepath_coa = Kandersteg-coat of arms.svg|pixel_coa=

languages = italian
canton = Berne
iso-code-region = CH-BE
district = Frutigen
postal_code = 3718
municipality_code = 0565
area = 133.9
elevation = 1174|elevation_description= |highest=Balmhorn|highest_m=3698|lowest=Bühl|lowest_m=1150
population = 1179|populationof=2005
website = www.kandersteg.ch
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neighboring_municipalities= Adelboden, Blatten (Lötschen) (VS), Ferden (VS), Frutigen, Kandergrund, Kippel (VS), Lauterbrunnen, Leukerbad (VS), Reichenbach im Kandertal, Wiler (Lötschen) (VS)
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Kandersteg is a municipality in the district of Frutigen in the canton of Berne in Switzerland. It is located along the valley of the River Kander, west of the Jungfrau massif. It is noted for its spectacular mountain scenery and sylvan alpine landscapes. Tourism is a very significant part of its economic life today. It is a year round outdoors mecca for hiking trails and mountain climbing as well as downhill and cross-country skiing.

It has been known since Roman times. In the 1860s it began to be developed as a tourist haven.

The International Scout Centre is located at the edge of the village. More than 10,000 scouts from all over the world visit each year.

The Gemmi Pass is a mountain pass that connects Kandersteg with Leukerbad, Valais. Cable cars operate at each end (in Kandersteg [http://www.sunnbuel.ch/] and Leukerbad [http://www.leukerbad.ch/en/navpage.cfm?category=TranspLB&subcat=GemmiLB] ) to lift walkers up to the pass.

Lake Oeschinen [http://www.oeschinensee.ch/] is considered to be one of the most attractive in Switzerland and can be accessed by the Sesselbahn Kandersteg-Oeschinen chairlift from Kandersteg. Other attractions in the village include a 16th century parish church.

The Lötschberg Tunnel is part of a major railway line across the Alps. Kandersteg is located at the north entrance to the tunnel through which trains run for 15 kilometres to emerge at Goppenstein in eastern Valais. Road vehicles are carried through the tunnel to Goppenstein by open sided shuttle trains. [http://www.bls.ch/autoverlad/goppenstein_e.html]

ee also

* Kandersteg International Scout Centre

External links

* [http://www.kandersteg.ch/ Village of Kandersteg]
* [http://www.kisc.ch/ Scout Centre]
* [http://www.geocities.com/raboneuk/ This website gives some suggested hikes from Kandersteg]

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