Interesting facts 

Direct route through the mountain

Crossing mountains takes time and people are exposed to risks. It is easier and quicker through the underground: since the 19th  century people have had the technical means to open up passages through the mountains. By building the railway tunnel from Kandersteg to Goppenstein the engineers and miners overcame the Lötschberg as an hindrance when travelling south. 

 

The construction of the Lötschberg tunnel in the years 1906–1913 brought great change to Kandersteg. Around 2000 tunnel workers and around 1000 family members lived and worked in the village with 500 inhabitants for many years. This was a determinative experience for the locals. Everything changed once more after the tunnel was opened: from one moment to the next the mountain region was connected to the international railway system resulting in encounters with new and expanded guest segments. 

What remained in Kandersteg from the building of the tunnel was an enormous mountain of excavation material. On initiative of the founder of the scouts movement, Lord Baden Powell, an association was founded in 1923 which took over the rubble deposit. The members planted the area and made it available for the international scout movement. Since then a visit to the camp in Kandersteg is a highlight for every scout.