7 Tips to Enjoy Summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels | thetravellingmom.ca

I love Switzerland in the winter time – the snow, fondue and skiing! – but my absolute favorite time to be in the Alps is in summer. There are so many reasons to love Switzerland in summer; the vast miles of hiking paths, the clear, alpine air and warm sunshine, fresh Alp cheese and chocolate sandwiches on mountain picnics, and a delicious Is Kaffe or Zwetschekuchen {plum tart} after a busy day of trottinette or mountain biking.

The wonderful, idyllic village of Adelboden holds a special place in my heart as the best place to experience all of these magical alpine adventures. Adelboden is just 45 minutes south of Swiss capital city Bern, in the Bernese Oberland. You can drive, or access it easily via train to Frutigen and Post Bus to the village. Adelboden has long been a local getaway for Bernese and other lucky visitors seeking a quieter, authentic alpine experience. Here are 7 tips to enjoy an epic summer in the Swiss Alps in this idyllic village.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Hiking ever upward on an Engstligen Alp hiking path, Adelboden

1. Hike, Walk an Alpine Trail

PIck a trail and go on a hike. There are 300 km {miles and miles} of hiking trails in Adelboden, all of them neatly labelled on yellow signs with names, distances, and estimated hiking times. Grab a handy hiking map at the Adelboden Tourism office in the village, where you can also purchase a day or multiple day card. The Hiking Pass includes bus transport and rides up on local mountain cable cars and gondolas: the Sillernbuhl, TschentenAlp and EngstligenAlp.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The Engstligenalp gondola ascends 600 m to the mountain plateau

The 2.5 km loop hike on EngstligenAlp is stroller and wheelchair-friendly. As you ascend in the gondola you’ll pass the impressive, cascading Engstligenalp Waterfall. {If you visit in late spring and summer, you may catch the ascent and descent of the cows along this narrow trail, led by stockmen in traditional dress.} On the Alp plateau, you’ll see meadows, mountain vistas, smaller waterfalls, and of course, cows. Most hiking paths do require sturdy footwear and a baby-backpack if travelling with younger children.

You will see many cows in the high alpine in the summer months, as it’s cooler for them in the mountains. Don’t worry if they start running towards you on the path, just stay still and calm. Keep on the lookout for a farmhouse with a table of fresh Alpkäse {Alpen cheese} for sale. Just leave the money behind and enjoy some of the best cheese you’ll ever taste.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Riding down a mountain road on a trottinette is like nothing you’ve ever done before

2. Rent a Trottinette

Feeling adventurous? You’re in luck, as Adelboden is Trottiland. What the heck is that, you ask? Basically, a trottinette is a motor-less scooter on which you stand and ride down the mountain roads with calm, or if you’re a teenager, careen down at top speed, hopefully without landing in a cow patty. It’s quite a rush really, and a great and fun family activity.

There are 45 km (28 miles) of dedicated trotti-trails in Adelboden, though some are shared with cars, and care does need to be taken narrow roads and around blind corners. We’ve done trottinetting (is it a verb?) several times and all of us have had some spills and scrapes. You can rent the trottinettes for the day, and return/pick up at each station you visit. Kids need to be at least 8 years old and able to activate the brakes.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The stunning alpine views from Adelboden village and the outdoor pool

3. Swim with a mountain view

Take a dip in the Panorama Swimming Pool with a spectacular view in Adelboden, or drop into the equally stunning indoor pool in nearby Frutigen. It’s great to have the choice of in or outdoor, as alpine weather changes frequently.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

A dam builders’ work is never done. One of our favorite family activities in Adelboden

4. Build a dam and have a campfire picnic

This is one of our favorite things to do in the mountains. We’ve spent entire afternoons building dams, trying to change the icy cold river flow and smash rocks along the way. There are campfire and picnic sites along the Rossbach river, so it’s easy to make a day of outdoor fun, complete with roasted cervelat sausages (the national sausage of Switzerland) on the fire.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

It’s a white knuckle stair-climbing through the Choleren gorge near Adelboden

5. Hear the roar of Choleren Gorge

It’s a one hour walk or 10 minute car ride from Adelboden to a truly impressive natural water display at Choleren Gorge. Begin from the bottom of the gorge and walk upwards along the sturdy metal stairways and bridges. The sound of the water rushing through the gorge is incredible and a little frightening. If you can get over the fear of narrow passages and cantilevered walkways, it’s an amazing experience of nature. There is a talented woodcarver on the path near the gorge exit. A wooden napkin ring with a carved edelweiss and your name burned into the ring is the perfect souvenir of your Adelboden holiday.

6. Experience thrills at the Adventure Park

As in many North American alpine resorts, Adelboden has its share of serious mountain adventure offerings for young and old – rock-climbing, bouldering, rappelling and zip lining. The Adventure Park, just 10 minutes from town, offers the chance to learn some new skills or test your chops in a new environment.

Everyone knows and loves Switzerland in winter. These 7 tips to enjoy summer in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden will have you yodeling a new tune on your alpine travels. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Warm fondue cheese, bread, wine and kirsch is a winning dinner combination

7. Enjoy a fondue

Sure it’s summertime, but the alpine air is fresh, and after all that hiking and activity, a fondue is a great choice to end the day. I love the fondue at the Shermtanne Restaurant Hotel in Stiegelschwand, just outside of town. If you’re lucky, Herr Künzi will serenade you with his accordion or the local yodeling troupe will be there too. Drink alcohol or hot beverages with the fondue (cold drinks cause the cheese to curdle in your stomach, ugh), and enjoy a Kirsch chaser. You’re in Switzerland after all.

Where to Stay

There are many accommodation choices in Adelboden, from 5-Star Luxury hotels to rental chalets, mountain pensiones, and sleeping in the straw. Some hotels offer package deals that may also include hiking passes, and like in most European destinations, breakfast is included.

Credits: All photos by C. Laroye.

The writer thanks Adelboden Tourism for its assistance in facilitating our visit. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.

Have you ever been to Adelboden or the Swiss Alps in summer? Share your comments below.


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8 Comments

  • I would love to spend one summer in the spectacular Switzerland, Claudia!

  • Kelly says:

    Hi Claudia, never heard about Adelboden before but I’m ready to put it in my bucket list RIGHT NOW! Thanks.

  • Anna says:

    We will be there in June and we can’t wait!

  • Hilary says:

    Hello! Thanks for your great review. My husband and I will be in the area in July and are trying to decide between staying in Wengen or Adelboden. We’re mid-40s and fit and very active. Do you have a recommendation one town over the other? It will be for 3 nights only. Thank you!

    • Claudia says:

      You’re very welcome! Well, Wengen will likely be a bit busier than Adelboden, but the scenery there is iconic and magnificent. It’s a tough choice – you can’t go wrong with either one. Both villages have outstanding hiking that will keep you busy and very happy in the mountains. My heart’s in Adelboden, so that would be the destination I’d recommend personally. 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!

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