Adelboden and the Bernese Oberland offer a variety of exursion possibilities.
Trottiland, opened in 2010 in the area of Silleren, entered into the Guinness book of world records thanks to its 340 scooters. The two-wheelers are for use on 45 km of marked tracks over various distances and varying degrees of difficulty. A descent all the way into the village is now also possible.
Adelboden's fixed rope route leads from Unter dem Birg to the Engstligenalp, very close to the misty Engstligen Falls. After approx. 20 minutes of easy walking from the valley station of the cable car you begin the first climb, secured to the rope. Following the first sections the route leads along a line of rocks up to the Edelweisshubel. From here, after three hours on the mountain path and a 560 metre gain in elevation you reach the Engstligenalp. Apart from individual sections which require particular concentration from climbers, the route does not offer any difficulties (level of difficulty: K2 - the scale goes from 1=easy to 5). Equipment can be hired at the valley station. There are guided tours on Saturdays during the summer season. Snow tubing is a major attraction for children and adolescents; one which the Engstligenalp has been offering for years. The more or less fast-paced descent on the plastic rings follows a snow canal. The children arrive at the top of the mountain using a ski lift. There are runs of various speeds for every age group.
To make hiking fun for children as well the region offers a series of interesting themed paths including the Chuenisbärgli World Cup Trail, the Blausee-Mitholz-Kandergrund Railway Experience Trail and the «schutz.wald.mensch» (environmental protection) Educational Trail.
When touring the exhibition of the Frutigen Tropical House, visitors are given insight into such topics as the mountains, energy, fish farming and the tropics in a very attractive manner. The Tropical House, opened in autumn 2009, is the first alpine sturgeon farm. 10,000 sturgeons live in 40 basins and tropical fruits bloom in the greenhouse. The reason that this major project is even possible is a thermal spring in the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, whose 20° C water creates the living conditions necessary for the sturgeons. Open daily from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Public tours (90 minutes) with prior notice.
The funicular on the Niesen, the pyramid-shaped, mystical mountain at the foot of Lake Thun, celebrated its 100 year anniversary last summer. Much has occurred on the mountain in recent years in terms of construction, cooking and culture. The railway and the restaurant with its grand sun terrace have been lavishly renovated. The Niesen is of course also the start point for mountain walks with astounding views.
Small, close and wildly romantic: The Oeschinensee and Blausee lakes near Kandersteg. A wonderful natural paradise ideal for hiking, relaxing, swimming, rowing and fishing surrounds the Oeschinensee, which is easily accessible by cable car from Kandersteg. The Blausee is in the midst of tamer surroundings: the 20 hectare nature park of Kandersteg. The freshly-caught Blausee trout from the alpine organic fish farm served on the surrounding terraces are the best.
A classic not to be missed: a ship outing on the gleaming turquoise waters of Lake Brienz from Interlaken to the misty Giessbach Falls. The sight enchanted Haller, Rousseau and later Goethe when they travelled through Switzerland during its touristic beginnings. You will also be delighted by an outing on the impressive Blüemlisalp, the restored historic steamship on Lake Thun.
Ballenberg create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by with more than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events.
The Trummer family has mastered the skills of wood carving since 1945 and passes it on from generation to generation. Melchior Trummer now represents the third generation at work. During a visit to the workshop you can peer over the carvers' shoulders and of course also purchase a souvenir. The workshop is in the Blatti (Blattiweg 11), very close to the Cholerenschlucht. It is accessible by 1 hour walk or by car. Open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please register ahead for groups of more than six people: 033 673 43 06.
In the Mountain Olympics children and adolescents can try their hand at typical farming tasks. The unusual and entertaining games include cow milking, horseshoe throwing, hay bale throwing, bell-ringing, cheese rolling and nail hammering.
Bowling is less a sport than a game. This is why the Adelboden bowling alley has a massive bar – the new meeting point in town. For fans of the game, six lanes for three to six players are available. The point of the game's 10 frames is to knock over the greatest number of pins possible, that is to say all ten. Bowling alley: Open daily from 2 pm to 00:30 am. Reservations Tel.: 033 673 17 77.