Lenk Rustic Swiss Mountain Village

Winter Skiing Family on Chairlift - Swiss Holiday The holiday resort of Lenk lies at the end of the Simmen valley in a wide opening. The Wildstrubel massif forms one of the most beautiful valley endings in the Alps, and the perfect setting for the varied Bernese Oberland walking and winter sports paradise with its many natural attractions.

lenk-logo Lenk is composed of two German words that mean long nook, and that’s exactly the shape and function the town has at the top of the long, Simme River valley. Nestled up against the Wilstrubel’s steep face, the locals simply state that they are in the nook (an der Lenk)!

Traditional Bernese Oberland

lenk lake and snowy mountains

Lenk, at an altitude of 1,068m, is one the Swiss holiday resorts that has been awarded the Families Welcome quality mark and offers a wide and varied programme of children’s ac­tivities.

If it wasn’t framed by the Alps, Lenk would be a simple, small and rustic farming village in the Swiss countryside. The village is nice, small and the main area is just a few cobbled streets that can be walked in ski boots and is worth taking time to explore because it’s so quaint. There are horse pulled sleighs that will take you through this small town, a thick blanket wrapped around their waists and legs to keep them warm and cosy. It really is the place you think of when someone asks you to picture a Swiss ski village.

snowy village of lenk switzerland

Eating Out

Lenk can offer a lively nightlife with a good choice of nightclubs and bars and an informal, fun atmosphere. There are discotheques that favour younger people while the Taverns appeals to all ages.

Après Ski

Typical Swiss Raclettes and fondues are available in nearly all the restaurants and for something a little different to the traditional there are a lot of Italian restaurants, specialising in good pizzas! In some Tavern bars there are live bands and some of the restaurants have traditional Swiss music.

First Class Lift System 210km

The villages of Lenk and Adelboden are located in two different valleys and are thus closely connected only by pistes. The main network of lifts are accessed from the Rothenbach Cable car and up into the Adelboden-Lenk ski area.

The area is split in 5 mini areas all connected by a first class lift system making this one of the largest and most attractive ski areas in Switzerland. You’ll find over 170km of slopes fed by over 55 lifts. Starting at an altitude of 1,053m and going up to 2,375m, the slopes are predominantly north-facing and therefore ensure good snow coverage throughout the season.

The Runs

lenk piste map Live: Open Lifts

Good nursery slopes can be found in the village, taking the Mauren lift up, whilst the Hahnenmoos area provides a wider area for the better skiers. Adelboden is ideal for intermediates, as a large proportion of the skiing area can be explored by red runs. The skiing is divided into five sectors, including Geils, which offers long, traversing runs across the mountains. There are a few black runs down from the Geils area and some off piste trails leading back down to Adelboden and Lenk as well as the FIS Ski World Cup Adelboden-Piste at Chuenisbärgli. Only big names like Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark and Austria’s Hermann Maier have made it onto the medals podium here.

This ski pass covers all the lifts in Adelboden, Lenk & Kandersteg – 210km of pistes

Ski Rental Equipment

There are a number of excellent rental shops in Lenk and we can put you in contact with them for you to rent the best equipment

Ski rental equipment is of a very good standard.

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport
Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that
suits you.

Travelling to Lenk
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 3hr 20min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 2hr 20min
Train Transfer Time from Geneva: 3hr 50min
Train Transfer Time from Zürich: 3hr 10min
Driving Distance from Calais: 545 miles

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 5 star, apartments and hotels

Chalets and Apartments (Self-catered):

We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 10-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the ski lifts and free village ski bus.

All our chalets and apartments are fully ABTA protected.


Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In some resorts we can even 5 star hotels.


OTP Holidays – Lenk Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple, LOW & HIGH season. We have Youth
prices for up to 20yrs old, discounts for children up to the age of 16yrs and
even bigger savings for Children under the age of 6yrs!

Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices above include…

  • Massive choice of high standard and spacious apartment or hotel
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on
    Swiss Rail
  • Services of our very own 24hr on-call experienced representatives
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges

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