Here at KISC, we try to be as inclusive as possible to all guests who stay with us. Much of our facilities in the past have been constructed without wheelchair access in mind. Over the years, we have adapted the Centre to give access to people that may have limited mobility.
Wheelchair Access and Limited Mobility
The group house Sunneblick has a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the ground floor; however, no way to access the upper floors. If your group were booking in the Sunneblick, we would look to accommodate anyone with physical access needs in the Old Chalet or Kanderlodge instead.
The Tower is currently not wheelchair accessible due to a lack of wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. It may be suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, as our campsite is a vehicle-free site, please take this into consideration.
The New Chalet does not have any access for people with limited mobility due to a set of stairs to the 1st floor and no option for lift access.
The Old Chalet has several points of access for guests with limited mobility. To access the ground floor, we have a chair lift in front of the Old Chalet. On this floor, there is also one wheelchair-accessible bathroom near the common rooms and another bathroom suitable for limited mobility in the Coffee Bar.
We also have a lift which provides access to the 1st-floor bedrooms, including the accessible bedrooms. On this floor, there is also a lockable wet room. We do not have baths available, but showers with shower stools are available.
An option for more privacy is the Kanderlodge. Whilst this is still not completely wheelchair accessible, the bedrooms are accessible via ramp access from the Roverglande. There is also access to the lounge and kitchen via the Gasterntal Meeting room. The showers are not currently wheelchair accessible. Guests who stay in the Kanderlodge may also use the wheelchair-accessible bathroom on Old Chalet 1st floor if they find it more comfortable.
Our campsite is somewhat accessible, we have a wheelchair-accessible toilet in our main toilet block, and the sites around there are accessible for wheelchairs with all-terrain tyres. However, please note that the campsite is prone to holes in the ground, is not flat and has many hills, therefore please take this into consideration for your mobility needs before booking!
The main campfire circle, where our Jamboree Campfire is held, is wheelchair accessible by going through some of our campsites.
Other Accessibility Considerations at KISC
We have fridges to store medication or medical devices across our site. Please let us know if you would like to use these during your stay. The safety of items left in the communal fridges cannot be guaranteed. However, items left in lockable areas would only be accessible outside of Duty hours (7:00-22:00) in event of an emergency.
Fridges can be found in the following locations:
- In the Old Chalet (on the floors with the bedrooms and inside a locked First Aid room).
- On the campsite (in the communal fridges on both the Roveglande and Main Campsite, as well as in the locked Campsite Office).
- In the Kanderlodge or group houses in the communal kitchens.
- Electricity is not available on our campsite; therefore, we recommend guests book a room in our indoor accommodation if needing electricity at night to power CPAP machines or similar.
- If electrical devices need charging overnight, please get in touch, as we can make arrangements for these to be left charging. Please note that this would be at the guest’s risk.
- Most of our bathrooms are gendered; however, we have gender-neutral bathrooms across the site if preferred. Please let us know prior to arrival, as some gender-neutral bathrooms require a key to access.
- Assistance dogs are more than welcome at KISC! We do prefer that you let us know in advance if you will be bringing an assistant dog, as we aim to keep some of our rooms pet-free for future guests who may have allergies.
Switzerland has tried very hard to update their public transport options to allow all passengers to have easy access to transport.
If you are coming via car, information about parking and Blue Badges can be found on this site here.
- Swiss trains are typically highly accessible for reduced mobility. All trains are wheelchair accessible. Assistance for boarding and departing can be booked through their website.
- Many Swiss trains will offer information in German, French and, usually, English. Additionally, there are often screens which display the whole route and stops. There are also often staff on the platform to assist with catching the correct train, many of whom speak English. If you are on a train which will split, the staff checking your ticket will inform you if you need to switch carriages.
- SBB provide a free app called ‘SBB Inclusive’ to help support passengers who are visually impaired or would otherwise prefer more detailed information on their phone.
- The local Kandersteg bus is wheelchair accessible, along with most others in Switzerland.
- For assistance with boarding and departing, it is best to get in touch with the company, AFA, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +41 (0)33 673 74 74
- Wheelchair users can access the main deck (second class) on all our cruise boats. The boats also feature wheelchair-friendly toilets. On the boats MS Stadt Thun and MS Berner Oberland, the upper deck (first class) is also accessible via a lift (no electric wheelchairs).
- Airports in Switzerland are similarly very accessible, with assistance varying by the transport company you are booked with.
- The coaches we use for airport transfers and activities are with the company AFA. If you require wheelchair access, please contact us at email@example.com.
Accessibility in Switzerland and Kandersteg Village
Kandersteg is a small village in the Swiss Alps, but many places have worked hard to ensure their attractions are accessible. Although a small village, the roads in Kandersteg are well maintained and cleared of snow during the winter.
- This picturesque lake can be accessed via a gondola from the village, a shuttle bus, or a short walk from the top station. There is accessible parking at the base station, and the gondola itself can be stopped for limited mobility, with a ramp placed to allow for wheelchair access.
- At the top, there is an E-shuttle bus which runs during the summer season and can carry one wheelchair per trip. More information about this can be found on their website here!
- Blausee is a pristine nature park with a world-famous lake and crystal-clear waters in the most beautiful shades of blue.
- Blausee can be accessed by a 1-hour hike, car, or bus journey from the centre of Kandersteg.
- There is a 200m path directly to the lake, which is accessible via wheelchair. There are further paths in the forest surrounding the lake; however, these may not all be accessible.
Summer Weekly Jamboree Activities
These activities are run on-site by our Programme team. With advanced notice, most activities can be adapted to be accessible. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what adaptations may need to be made!
Similar to the Weekly Activities, these are run by our volunteers and can be made accessible with prior notification. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss what adaptations may need to be made!
Many of the external activities around Kandersteg are, unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible due to their physical nature. However, they may be accessible to people with limited mobility or other accessibility requirements. If you have questions about a specific activity, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more tailored advice!
Some of the wheelchair-accessible activities nearby include Jungfraujoch day tour, Cailler factory (as part of the chocolate and cheese tour), Kandersteg swimming pool, day trips to local towns such as Berne or Thun, Brigerbad thermal baths.