443 Öschiwald-Rundweg
443 Öschiwald-Rundweg

Hiking

Öschiwald-Rundweg

Öschiwald-Rundweg

Kandersteg, Bahnhof–Kandersteg, Bahnhof

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Öschiwald-Rundweg

Öschiwald-Rundweg

Öschiwald offers more than just calm and relaxation – it’s also well-known as a place to recharge. Here, you’ll find both balm for the soul and new energy for the body. The ever-changing views of the village and mountains ensure great variety along the whole route.
Bahnhofplatz in the centre of Kandersteg is the starting point for this varied path through magnificent forest scenery. From here, the path takes you past flower-strewn meadows and the picturesque Catholic church to the main attraction of this route: the Öschiwald forest. Swiss and Scots pines are dotted around the area, creating almost a high alpine landscape.

The terrain around the wide wooden bridge over the Oeschibach stream is sparse and rocky, but there is a clear view from the bridge of the village and the Blüemlisalp massif. The path continues on through lush greenery, bordered to the left and right by the moss-covered forest floor. Before heading back to the valley, it takes you to the ‘Buebeseeli’. This little lake in the middle of the fairytale forest is a true wonderland for children.

After leaving the forest, the route carries on to the playground, with a Cerebral Foundation bench. From here, there is a wonderful view of the wide, flat valley floor. It’s a particularly beautiful end to this circular route before it takes you back to the centre of the village.
Öschiwald offers more than just calm and relaxation – it’s also well-known as a place to recharge. Here, you’ll find both balm for the soul and new energy for the body. The ever-changing views of the village and mountains ensure great variety along the whole route.
Bahnhofplatz in the centre of Kandersteg is the starting point for this varied path through magnificent forest scenery. From here, the path takes you past flower-strewn meadows and the picturesque Catholic church to the main attraction of this route: the Öschiwald forest. Swiss and Scots pines are dotted around the area, creating almost a high alpine landscape.

The terrain around the wide wooden bridge over the Oeschibach stream is sparse and rocky, but there is a clear view from the bridge of the village and the Blüemlisalp massif. The path continues on through lush greenery, bordered to the left and right by the moss-covered forest floor. Before heading back to the valley, it takes you to the ‘Buebeseeli’. This little lake in the middle of the fairytale forest is a true wonderland for children.

After leaving the forest, the route carries on to the playground, with a Cerebral Foundation bench. From here, there is a wonderful view of the wide, flat valley floor. It’s a particularly beautiful end to this circular route before it takes you back to the centre of the village.
3 km | 1 Stage
60 m | 60 m
0 h 40 min
difficult (for wheelchair users) | difficult (for wheelchair users)

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Information for blind and visually impaired people
Blind and visually impaired people can walk the obstacle-free routes thanks to voice guidance. Voice guidance is integrated in the MyWay Pro app. This offer is supported by Procap Switzerland, the Swiss Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and SwitzerlandMobility. Voice guidance is offered only in the MyWay Pro app for iOS.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Kandersteg
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Information for wheelchair users
The obstacle-free routes enable us to offer a leisure activity to people who depend on paths without substantial natural or physical obstacles. This offer is supported by Procap Switzerland, SwitzerlandMobility, the Swiss Hiking Federation, and the Swiss Cantons.

The sightseeing attractions and overnight accommodation suggested by Switzerland Mobility are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. More information on accessibility is found at www.procap-reisen.ch or www.rollihotel.ch.

Obstacle-free routes, grade of difficulty see PDF.
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Arrival | return travel

Barrier-free travel / public transport
Kandersteg railway station is a support station. A mobile ramp is available for negotiating the 15cm gap between the train and the platform. Please reserve ahead of time if you will require it. The downhill gradient of the route from the platform to the trail path is 20%. Help may be sought from the station office (however, this is not accessible from the platform).
BLS Reisezentrum Kandersteg
Bahnhofstrasse 22
3718 Kandersteg
Tel. +41 (0)58 327 41 24
kandersteg@bls.ch
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Wheelchair-suitable parking spaces
There is a wheelchair-suitable parking space at the station and at the municipal administration.

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Eurokey toilets at Kandersteg station
Eurokey toilets at Kandersteg station
Kandersteg railway station has a Eurokey WC. WC info: door width 89cm; movement area (DxB) 150x190cm; seat height 43cm; hand grips left fixed, right movalbe; access right; mirror height 98cm; washbasin underside clearance 68cm.
km0 – km0.8
km0 – km0.8
From the train station, the tarmac path climbs at a constant gradient of 5-6% in the direction of Öschiwald.
Restaurant Chalet Adler
Restaurant Chalet Adler
At km0.2, on the right and slightly off the route, is the Chalet Adler restaurant, which has a wheelchair-accessible toilet. The restaurant has step-free access. The toilet is next to the reception, on the ground floor. WC info: door width 82cm; movement area (DxB) 230x90cm; seat height 45cm; hand grips, right fixed, left movable; access left; mirror height 120cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
Restaurant Chalet Adler
Aeussere Dorfstrasse 19
3718 Kandersteg
Tel. +41 (0) 33 675 80 10
info@chalethotel.ch
www.chalethotel.ch
km0.8 – km3.0
km0.8 – km3.0
The tarmac street goes at a gradient of 9-12% up to km1.1, after which the surface changes to a solid forest path. After crossing the Öschibach stream, there are gradients up to 17% over 400m to be negotiated. The highest point of the route is reached at km1.5. Thereafter, it slopes downwards by 9-12% through the forest. At km1.9 km is the Öschiwald playground, which features a wheelchair bench. At km2.0 km, the surface becomes tarmac all the way to Kandersteg train station.

Arrival | return travel

Barrier-free return journey / public transport
Kandersteg railway station is a support station. A mobile ramp is available for negotiating the 15cm gap between the train and the platform. Please reserve ahead of time if you will require it. The uphill gradient of the route from the trail path to the platform is 20%. Help may be sought from the station office (accessible).
BLS Reisezentrum Kandersteg
Bahnhofstrasse 22
3718 Kandersteg
Tel. +41 (0)58 327 41 24
kandersteg@bls.ch
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Contact

Procap Reisen & Sport
Frohburgstrasse 4
4600 Olten
Tel. +41 (0)62 206 88 30
tourismus@procap.ch
www.procap.ch/tourismus-inklusiv

Services

Accommodation

Doldenhornhütte SAC
Doldenhornhütte SAC
Kandersteg
Hotel Victoria Ritter AG
Hotel Victoria Ritter AG
Kandersteg
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Places

Kandersteg
Kandersteg
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Signalization

Signalization
In general the «Barrier-free Paths» lead along the hiking routes marked yellow. Additional white signs with green route fields for «Barrier-free Paths» indicate the route at key points. The white signs should be followed where «Barrier-free Paths» differ from the hiking route network. To be certain, please take a print-out of our web map with you.
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