Oeschinensee (Lake Oeschinen in English). The name of this lake is a little hard to remember and pronounce but it’s so beautiful and worth it that I’ve been here twice already in one year.
It sits up high in the Alps – you’ll notice in the fall that there aren’t too many golden trees because it’s mostly surrounded by evergreens. You can hike up or take a gondola there (I, I’m ashamed to admit, took the transport both times. I know, I really should use those hiking boots properly. I’m working on it). Once you reach the top, you’re greeted by a stunning view immediately (see below).
Razor sharp mountains on the horizon and a lot of earthy fall colors on a warm October day. Here is me realizing that I’m dressed just like the mountain:
After a short and easy hike (about 20 minutes), you begin to descend down to the lake. There are several paths to take (they are well labeled) and I’ve taken two of them. The first left leads to a bench overlooking the lake (like in the photo above), the other is a little longer and slopes more gently towards a restaurant right on the lake shore. Both are beautiful and give you a different perspective. You can always walk down one way and walk up the other.
This is the view that will greet you down there:
How gorgeous is that water?
As you walk around the lake, this turquoise color peeks through between the trees and it almost looks unreal.
How to get there?
We took a train from Zurich to Bern, and then Bern to Kandersteg. The train separates into two at Spiez so make sure you are in the right wagon. From the Kandersteg train station, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the gondola station. (note: gondola not included in the daypass if you have one, but you do get a discount with a Halbtax card).
What to do at Oeschinensee?
Enjoy that view! Breathe that air! Have lunch at the restaurant or bring your own picnic. Take a boat across the lake. Lay in the sun. Hike around the area. And, for those who are still kids on the inside, like me, there is a super fun activity and it will only cost you 5 francs: the Oescheninensee toboggan aka Alpine Slide 🙂 You can go as fast or a slow as you want, but don’t be a rebel like me and take pictures – enjoy the ride and the views instead 🙂
Good to know:
Oeschinensee has seasonal opening dates, so make sure to check before you go: https://www.oeschinensee.ch/en/info/ .
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.