EACH JANUARY, the Alpine resort village of Kandersteg, in the heart of Switzerland’s Bernese Overland, recreates a touch of magic and history in the form of Belle Epoque Week. Locals dress as their great-grandparents in period costume, and enjoy musical performances, tea dances, balls and candlelit dinners. There are also winter sports to take part in from a bygone era, including open-air curling and vintage sledge racing. The event has been held annually since 2009, and is growing in popularity, so make sure you book early for next year. Two of Inntravel’s (www.inntravel.co.uk) relevant winter holidays to Kandersteg include www.inntravel.co.uk/holidays/winter-snow-breaks/Switzerland/Hotel-Victoria and www.inntravel.co.uk/holidays/winter-snow-breaks/Switzerland/Belle-Epoque-Week-at-Hotel-Victoria

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