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:
From Kandersteg we took the cable car up to 1682 m:
Up there the view is already stunning:
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 :-):
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:
Water coming down from the overnight raining:
Many creeks are crossing our way:
Slowly getting up:
The trail is exposed and definitely not for someone with Acrophobia:
Spectacular views down to the lake:
Sheep have found a shelter under the water fall (Balme) (click to find them!):
View back on the trail we came from:
View towards the Blüemlisalp and Rothorn:
Nice view with 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:
Nice creek and stone art on the last part of the hike:
On the way back along the lake there were several ‘Balmen’: overhanging rock areas providing protection. One with some miniature rock art:
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 🙂
- Wikipedia: Oeschinen Lake
- Oeschinensee information: http://www.oeschinensee.ch/hiking/
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!
Yay, you’ve made it! I’m happy my writing inspired you to finally visit Oeschinen Lake. Also, love the photos – they took me back to this gorgeous place. 🙂
Thank you so much for all your inspirational posts!
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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.
Yes sometimes you have to mix it up a bit and see different parts to refresh the views! 🙂