The Oeschinensee is located in Kandersteg, Switzerland at an altitude of 1.578 meters. The lake is surrounded by the Bluemlisalp, whith the peaks of the Oeschinenhorn, Frundenhorn and the Doldenhorn. These peaks of more than 3.000 meters make for an impressive sight.
The water of the lake has this amazing shade of blue, due to the constant supply of melting water.
There is a lift that leads pretty much right up to the lake, which makes it a popular location. But the Oeschinnensee is also known to be the most beautiful mountain lake of Switzerland.
Hiking around Oeschinensee
Most people will just hike up to the lake, but it is a beautiful area to go for a longer hike. We hiked up to the Oberbargli hut, which is a small hut, where you can get some refreshments, but nothing to eat. Which we actually had counted on.
The hut is located at 1.973 meters. On your way up you will pass the waterfalls that supply the water for the lake.
This hike gives you amazing views over the lake. When you get to the hut, you can either continue to the next hut, the Bluemlisalphutte, where you can also spend the night, or you can hike back from here. You have two options, hike back the same way you came in, or head left along the ridge.
Which is what we did. It will take you up along the trail higher up, which gives you some incredible views over the Oeschinensee.
It is quite a narrow trail and parts of it has rocks on it, where you have to scramble across. But the views are definitely worth it. Half way through you will come to a bench overlooking the lake, from there you have some amazing views.
The total loop was 11 km, but we also hiked back down to Kandersteg. We did take the gondola up to the lake though.
How to get there?
The Oeschinnensee is located in Kandersteg Switzerland.
There is a parking lot at the bottom of the gondola.
Where to stay?
In Kandersteg you will find numerous hotels.
If you are looking for a cheaper option, there is also a campsite at the foot of the gondola. Which is where we stayed. Campsite Rendez-Vous, is a family owned campsite, where you will find all the conveniences you need.