Oeschinen Lake

This hike has been on my ‘must-hike’ list since last summer, and when I saw Urška writing about recently, it got definitely on my top list of things. The Oeschinen Lake (German: Oeschinensee) is a beautiful lake in the Bernese Overland, Switzerland, east of Kandersteg, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Öschinensee from Heuberge

Oeschinensee view from Heuberg

From Kandersteg we took the cable car up to 1682 m:



Up there the view is already stunning:

Oeschinen Station Panorama

Oeschinen Station Panorama (click to enlarge)

From the station we took the Heuberg and up to the Oberbärgli (1978 m), then back to the lake and up to the cable station back again (hike marked with blue dashes below). The hiking time is around 3 hours, but count in about 1 hours for resting, watching and taking pictures :-):

Oeschinensee Hike

Oeschinensee Hike (Source: Swiss Topo, map.geo.admin.ch)

The first part of the hike is very easy and you see all kind of things tourist probably always expect:





Then leaving the touristic area, going up the mountain:

going up

going up

Water coming down from the overnight raining:



Many creeks are crossing our way:

Crossing Creek

Crossing Creek

Slowly getting up:

View back

View back to the west (click to enlarge)

The trail is exposed and definitely not for someone with Acrophobia:

Exposed hiking trail

Exposed hiking trail

Spectacular views down to the lake:

Öschinensee from Heuberge

Oeschinensee from Heuberge (click to enlarge)

View from the Heuberg (1940 m) (click to enlarge)

View to the Winteregg

Old Tree

Sheep have found a shelter under the water fall (Balme) (click to find them!):

Sheep Shelter

Sheep Shelter

View back on the trail we came from:

View towards the Blüemlisalp and Rothorn:

Heading towards Obergärgli

Heading towards Oberbärgli and Blüemlisalp and Rothorn (click to enlarge)

Nice view with trees:

Lake and Trees

Lake and Trees

View to the Fründenhorn (3369 m) and Doldenhorn (3638 m). Down below on the left the trail back to the lake:

Descending down to the lake:

Going down to Oeschingensee

Going down to Oeschinensee (click to enlarge)

Nice creek and stone art on the last part of the hike:

Creek Art

Creek Art

On the way back along the lake there were several ‘Balmen’: overhanging rock areas providing protection. One with some miniature rock art:

Stone Art

Stone Art, water drops from the waterfall in the background

After that, the trail ended up down at the lake, from where we returned to the cable station to head back to Kandersteg. If you ever are around Kandersteg, then consider this beautiful and stunning hike at the Oeschinen Lake.

Happy Oeschingen 🙂


8 thoughts on “Oeschinen Lake

    • I’m so glad I finally hiked that one. The weather was good for a hike, but not so good for taking pictures. It was raining in the morning, followed by some blue skies, but then everything was covered with clouds. But the view to the lake was stunning in many ways!


  1. Stunning views. Thanks for sharing. I feel so grateful to be living in Swizterland! I have a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Wishing you an energising day! Sam 🙂


    • Yes, I’m so grateful to live in Switzerland too. The thing is that somehow after living in a beautiful area, everything seems to be ‘normal’ that way. That’s why I enjoyed to visit other parts of the world (which are beautiful too!), but this re-opened my eyes about the beauty of the area where I live.


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