Tschentenalp

Tschentenalp - the best sights and activities

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Tschentenalp reaches 1950 m above sea level at the mountain station of the circulating cable car. It is the local mountain of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland. A hiking area with more than 30 km of hiking trails attracts locals and tourists alike to Tschentenalp in summer. The hike to Schwandfeldspitz takes only 20 minutes from the mountain station. The very popular tobogganing area of Tschentenalp is 14 km long and consists of six toboggan runs. Twice a week there is also night-time sledging here.

Find out more about Tschentenalp

Tschentenalp is known as a year-round hiker's paradise with great views, beautiful mountain lakes and ice-cold streams

7 Highlights Tschentenalp

  • Tschentenalp is located at 1950 m above sea level in the Bernese Oberland and offers a great view of the Engstligen valley all the way to the Wildhorn.
  • Tschentenalp is Adelboden's local mountain and can be reached from there in five minutes by cable car
  • Opposite the summit restaurant rise the three-thousand-meter peaks: the Lohnermassiv, the Tschingellochtighorn and the Wildstrubel.
  • A hike from the TschentenAlp to the Choleren Gorge is an easy hike suitable for the whole family and shows the thundering Tschentenbach as a highlight close up.
  • A six-kilometer-long sledding tour leads from Tschentenalp on a particularly wide slope down into the valley. Night sledding is also very popular here.
  • The giant swing Giant Swing is considered a special photo point on Tschentenalp.
  • The large iron sculpture "Mondsäge I" on the alp was created by the artist Hans Bernhard Luginbühl.

The "mountain of views" is accessed by a gondola lift which, as a group circulating lift, takes its guests to the top in 5 minutes. The Tschentenalp is therefore a very popular excursion destination and recreation area.

Restaurant Terasse (Foto: Tschentenbahnen)Restaurant Terasse (Foto: Tschentenbahnen)
Tschentenalp (Foto: Tschentenbahnen)Tschentenalp (Foto: Tschentenbahnen)

Giant Swing and other sights on Tschentenalp

Tschentenalp offers wonderful viewpoints. From the mountain restaurant, but also from various vantage points on the mountain, you can see into the Engstligental, to the Wildstrubel and up to the Wildhorn.

A special viewpoint is located about 400m southwest of the top station of the cable car. Another nice photo point is the place where a big swing has been built Giant Swing is the name of the swing on the slope of Tschentenalp, which gives the feeling of floating through the air. It is a hanging seat swing, which is also called Rytiplampi in the Bernese Oberland. The swing stands at 1950 m above sea level and lets visitors swing back and forth on a 5m long rope. The view is directly directed to the Lohnermassiv on the opposite side.

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Giant Swing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Giant Swing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Giant Swing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Giant Swing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

The use of the Giant Swing is possible all year round and free of charge. The swing is located about 200 meters northeast of the cable car station above the children's ski lift.

A children's playground with a slide and various climbing facilities awaits children near the top station of the gondola lift. The climbing equipment is largely made of wood and ropes. They have been integrated into the terrain in such a way that they ensure the best play experiences for the children. The playground is located directly at the mountain restaurant. In bad weather, children can also climb and slide indoors.

The metal sculpture at the top of Tschentenalp is by Hans Bernhard Luginbühl (* 1929 in Bern; † 2011 in Langnau im Emmental). This sculpture has the name "Mondsäge I". Many of his famous iron sculptures are in public spaces.

Children's playground (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Children's playground (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Children's slide (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Children's slide (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Mountain railroads to Tschentenalp

The gondola lift type UK-15 was built in 1991 and overcomes on a length of 1,257 meters about 590 meters of altitude between Adelboden and Tschentenalp.

Facts about the Adelboden - Tschentenalp gondola lift

The gondola lift is a 15-seater group circulating lift.

  • 1267 m length
  • 580 meters altitude
  • 1950 m above sea level top station
  • 1370 m above sea level bottom station
  • Travel time 4 min. 40 sec.
  • 5 m per second
  • 810 persons per hour

In addition, a chair lift operates between Möser (1641 m above sea level) and Tschentenegg (1945 m above sea level).

Operating times of the gondola lift

During the seasonal periods from about mid-December to about mid-March and early July to about mid-October, the gondola runs every quarter-hour between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily

Cable CarMid December to mid MarchEarly July to late October
09:00 - 17:00 hevery 15 minutesevery 15 minutes
16:45 hlast ascentlast ascent
17:00 hlast descentlast descent

In the mid-season May-June and the end of October it does not run daily, but mostly on weekends. Precondition is nice weather

Summer orbit (Photo: Tschentenbahn)Summer orbit (Photo: Tschentenbahn)
Winter orbit (Photo: Tschentenbahn)Winter orbit (Photo: Tschentenbahn)

Prices on the TschentenAlp 2022/23

In summer, combination tickets can be purchased as EnjoyPlus. They include the train ride and an additional credit of CHF 20 for the restaurant.

  • Combi with train one way 31 CHF
  • Combi with train return 36 CHF

Swiss Activities offers:

Summer prices of the cable car (CHF)

Single travelerAdultsChildren
single22.0011.00
retour32.0016.00
Halbtax, GAadultschildren
simple11.0011.00
retour16.0016.0
family cardat least 1 adult + 1 childeach additional child
single17.001st child free
return25.005.00 for each additional child

For bike transport you pay an additional CHF 10 per day.

A last minute ticket is available from 15:30:

  • Adults 10 CHF
  • Children 5 CHF

Winter prices ski and snowboard incl. gondola lift (CHF)

A day ticket for a family (2 adults, 2 children) costs 120 CHF.

Ski pass incl. cable carAdultsChildrenYouthSeniors
1 day55,0028,0048,00
4 hours48,0023,0042,00
2 hours38,0020,0034,00
conveyor belt/day30.0018.00

Winter prices sledging and night sledging incl. gondola lift (CHF)

Sledding pass and cable carAdults/Seniors/YouthChildrenFamilies (with own children)
1 day45,0026,0099,00
4 hours40,0021,0088,00
2 hours32,0016,0072,00
night sledding36,0018,0080,00
rent for sledgesadults/seniors/youngsterschildren
4 hours to 1 day15,00
2 hours10,0010,00
night sledding15,0015,00

Day tickets for ski passes Tschenten and Adelboden-Link are valid without surcharge for night sledging.

View (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)View (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Nature with swing Giant Swing(Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Nature with swing Giant Swing(Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Activities on the Tschentenalp

The TschentenAlp is not only a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers in summer. hikes, for example, over the Schermtanne to Adelboden or to the Höreli are also very pleasant and easily accomplished in winter. Paragliders also find very favorable conditions here. The winter season on TschentenAlp starts around mid-December and ends around mid-March. **All facilities are closed between the end of the mid-season at the beginning of December and the beginning of the winter season

Among the most popular activities are:

  • Hiking, also winter hiking and snowshoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Sledding and night sledding
  • Ski & Snowboard, Snowfarming
  • Snowbiking

Hikes to and from Tschentenalp

For hiking, there are shorter and longer hikes, most of which are classified as easy to moderately difficult. Especially inexperienced hikers can take the gondola up to TschentenAlp in five minutes and hike downhill on pleasant trails. Many of these paths are passable all year round. Dangerous fixed rope routes are not on the way here. The special mountain panorama can already be enjoyed from the terrace of the mountain restaurant.

For snowshoe hikes the path via the mountain station of TschentenAlp, Tschentenegg and Möser to the valley station of the chair lift is used. The hiking time is 1.5 hours.

Various hiking trails are designated on the TschentenAlp and are marked accordingly. These include various paths downhill to the village of Adelboden, which can also be walked uphill in the opposite direction.

Among the most popular hikes are these destinations:

  • Höreli Alpine Garden on the Lower Hörnli Trail
  • Upper Hörnliweg
  • The Choleren gorge with the Tschentenbach waterfall
  • The deep rock funnel of the Pochtenkessel, where the Engstlige and Otterebach rivers meet
  • Upper Fluhweide with a view of the Wildstrubel massif
  • The Schermtanne with restaurant and hotel and the view of the Stiegelschwand
  • The Schwandfeldspitz (2025 m)
Hiking trails (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Hiking trails (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Hiking trails (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Hiking trails (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Mountain biking at Tschentenalp

Mountain bikes are transported free of charge by gondola to TschentenAlp. The descent from the mountain is on hard trails, which are partly tarred between Ausserschwand via Möser to Tschentenegg.

The descent towards Schermtanne, which is often used by mountain bikers, is popular with hikers and must therefore be ridden with particular care. E- mountain bikers can easily manage the way to Tschentenalp without the gondola lift.

Popular tours are:

  • Panorama tour Adelboden via Bütschegga, Mösere to Tschentenalp and via Blachti and Allebach back to Adelboden
  • Bikeroute 20 Engstligen to Loop: More than 2000 meters of altitude are covered up and down in about 6.5 hours of riding time. However, the ride can be broken off at some points beforehand, as it goes around Adelboden. There are also eight places to stop for refreshments along the route.
  • Bikeroute 11 Adelboden to Tschentenalp and via Schermtanne back to Adelboden
  • Adelboden to Tschenten and via Hahnemoos and Chuenis to Tschenten: this tour includes 2800 vertical meters and two gondola rides.
Biking at Tschentenalp (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Biking at Tschentenalp (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Biking at Tschentenalp (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Biking at Tschentenalp (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Paragliding from Tschentenalp

Paragliding from TschentenAlp is a very popular sport. The jump is made from the Schwandfälspitz.

From the top station of the gondola lift, the path leads southeast for about ten minutes to the large take-off area at Schwandfälspitz. Even in January, climb rates of 2-3 meters per second are not uncommon here. In the Oey near the cemetery is the paragliding landing site.

If you don't like to fly yourself, watch the paragliders as they spread out their paragliders on the meadow (or on the snow), secure harnesses and jump into the air after a few steps.

Tandem flight (Photo: Paragliding Interlaken)Tandem flight (Photo: Paragliding Interlaken)
Paragliding (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Paragliding (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Sledding and night sledding at Tschentenalp

At TschentenAlp there are various trails suitable for sledding. The toboggan runs are generally separated from the ski runs, there is only one crossing point.

Offer Swiss Activities:

With the purchase of the tobogganing ticket, the desired sports equipment can be rented if necessary: Skibock, Skigibel, Balancer, Airboard (air cushion sled) or classic Davos sled are available.

The sledding trail network from Tschentenalp has a total length of 14 kilometers and is divided into six routes:

  • Möser easy: 2.2 km, return trip with chairlift

  • Möser medium and Möser (airboard): 2.0 km, return trip with chairlift

  • Möser medium: 1,5 km, return trip with chair lift

  • Möser difficult: 1,0 km, return trip with chair lift

The toboggan runs start next to the top station of the chair lift. From here they lead down over the Tschentenegg and end after about 300 meters of descent at the latest at the valley station of the chair lift. After a 3.5 minute ride, you are back at the top station.

  • Valley: 6.0 km, combined sledding/hiking (by bus to the mountain railroad or walking time 45 minutes)

  • Valley (Skibock slope) difficult: 1.5 km

Every Wednesday and Saturday evening the toboggan runs are illuminated between 6 pm and 9 pm for night tobogganing. The restaurants serve hot mulled wine or a fondue. The last descent of the gondola group gondola is at 10 pm.

The operating times for sledging and night sledging in the winter season

operating hoursfrom - to
sledging09:00 to 16:30
night sledging18:00 to 21:00 on Saturdays and Wednesdays
cable car for night sledgingfrom 18:00 every 30 minutes
last ascent night sledging8 p.m.
last descent night sledging10 pm
Sledding (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Sledding (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Night sledding (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Night sledding (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Ski & Snowboard

For skiing and snowboarding, the area around Tschentenalp has 7.5 kilometers of slopes that invite carving because of their width.

The slopes are composed of 1.5 kilometers of blue run and 6 kilometers of red run. In addition, there are about 2.5 kilometers of freeride. Blue slopes are suitable for beginners, as they have little gradient. Red slopes are for advanced skiers.

For children there is a children's ski lift. The youngest practice in the Tschenten practice fun park

The operating hours of the lifts in the winter season

Operating hoursfrom - toweekdays
chair lift09:00 to 16:30daily
ski lift09:00 to 16:30weekends
Skilift during school vacations09:00 to 16:30daily

Snowfarming

Snowfarming has been a tradition on Tschentenalp for several years. At the end of winter, snow is gathered by the snow groomers, well packed with ten-centimeter-thick insulation boards, fleece and plastic film.

The snow is saved to be used again in October as the first snow of the season. It is mainly used by junior racers for practice from mid-October, but private individuals can also use the race slope from Fridays to Sundays from November.

 Skiing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen) Skiing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)
Freeride skiing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)Freeride skiing (Photo: Tschentenbahnen)

Snowbiking

Snowbiking, or snow biking, is a young sport that is increasingly practiced in Switzerland. A snowbike is a mixture of a motocross and a snowmobile. There is a standard dirtbike frame and the engine and suspension are also retained. Instead of wheels, skis are attached and often there is even a track mounted on the back like on a snowmobile.

Snow biking is allowed on the slopes at certain times. The route used is the slopes up to the valley station of the chairlift. The ride continues via Ausserschwand and the main road back to the valley station of the Tschenten gondola.

Events on the Tschentenalp

Motorskicross is as Tschentencross a fun event on the TschentenAlp. Both ski cup races and motocross races have always been held here. From both sports, a race has now been created in which a skier and a motorcyclist form a team.

Every year at the beginning of March, the Swiss Championships in Skibock driving take place at TschentenAlp. A skibock is an intermediate between a ski and a toboggan.

Dr Gälb Cup with JO animation giant slalom traditionally takes place at the end of March in the training center on the snowfarming slope of Tschentenalp.

For the New Year's Eve with 5 courses in the mountain restaurant TschentenAlp from 18:30 - 23:55, seats must be reserved in advance. Mountain rides 0:30 o'clock, 1:00 o'clock and 1:30 o'clock.

In July there is the Tschentenjutz on the Schnarihubl with the Yodel Club Adelboden and the Örgeli-Trio Furggiblick, followed by the Chilbi in the TschentenAlp restaurant.

In summer there are occasional concerts on the terrace of the mountain restaurant, for example with Nils Burri. On Sundays, either TschentenGrill or brunch takes place at the mountain restaurant.

Mountain Restaurant, Tschenten Chalet and Tschenten Drom on Tschentenalp

In total there are three houses on Tschenten, the mountain restaurant, the Tschenten Chalet and the Tschenten Drom.

Mountain restaurant on Tschentenalp

As a self-service restaurant, the mountain restaurant on TschentenAlp offers warm cuisine with soups of the day and fried sausages until 3 pm. Cold snacks, salads and cakes are also available.

The restaurant can be booked for celebrations with family, company or club. For this purpose, banquet proposals are available, which are customized. Raclette evenings are regularly held here between 18:00 and 22:00. The last gondola descends on these evenings at 22:00.

Wedding aperitifs for wedding guests and their guests at the top of the mountain are an exceptional crowning of the most beautiful day and, with the mountains in the background, provide the backdrop for unforgettable experiences and beautiful wedding photos.

The Enjoyment Plus promotion offers inexpensive mountain or uphill and downhill rides combined with a CHF 20 voucher in the mountain restaurant.

The opening hours of the mountain restaurant are coordinated with the operating hours of the gondola lift.

Restaurant (Photo: Chentenbahnen)Restaurant (Photo: Chentenbahnen)
Restaurant (Photo: Chentenbahnen)Restaurant (Photo: Chentenbahnen)

Tschentendrom

The Tschentendrom is an après-ski bar inside a glass sphere right at the top station of the cable car. It is heated and offers hunter's tea, mulled wine and other drinks with pleasant music. Around the Drom are benches, tables and loungers

During the night sledging the Tschentendrom is also open. The opening hours of the Tschentendrom are coordinated with the operating hours of the gondola.

Tschentenchalet

The Tschentenchalet is a hostel for up to 20 people. It can be rented completely by groups, companies or families. Besides a double room there is an eight-bed room and a ten-bed room. In addition to a bathroom with shower and toilet, there is WLAN. Overnight guests receive breakfast and 6 pm dinner: Cheese fondue, 2-course or 3-course dinner.

BreakFree is a promotion in the summer (around mid-June to the end of October), where overnight guests are allowed to use the mountain railroads free of charge. In addition to the cable car to TschentenAlp, this also includes the cable cars to Engstligenalp, Silleren-Hahnenmoos and Elsigenalp.

Climate and weather on Tschentenalp

Tschentenalp is situated at an altitude of just under 2000 m. The weather here tends to be cool, similar to the Tundren climate. This means that also the summer months are rather cool with 7 to 17°Celsius in July and August. The average annual temperature is 7°Celsius. The greatest amounts of precipitation fall between May and August and December and January. Since snow cannot be safely expected in the months of October and November, snow is provided by means of snowfarming

For hiking you should be prepared for heavy downpours. The weather in the mountains is often unpredictable and can change in a very short time.

Tschentenalp: Location and approach

Tschentenalp is located above Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland. It is reached by the gondola Adelboden - Tschentenalp.

The valley station of the cable car is located in the center of Adelboden. From Bern you can get to Adelboden in about 90 minutes by public transport:

  • Bern - Spiez IC 6 SBB and Spiez - Frutigen BLS or directly Bern - Frutigen (RE direction Domodossola)

  • Frutigen - Adelboden Post with bus B 230

By car Adelboden is reached via the A6 in about one hour. From the parking garage to the Tschentenbahn station Adelboden it is about five minutes walk