One of the most beautiful and perhaps most impressive mountain lakes can be reached by gondola from Kandersteg. The gondola also carries walkers looking to hike over the Hohtürli pass into the Kiental valley.
For 60 years, people sat sideways in the open two-seater chair lift, enjoying direct views of the Doldenhorn as they were carried up towards Lake Oeschinen. Today, guests are whisked up the mountain in modern, colourful eight-seater gondola cabins. From the upper station you can enjoy wonderful views of the Lake Oeschinen valley basin and across the valley from Kandersteg to the Wildstrubel and Lohner.
It is a 25-minute stroll to the lake, or you can take an electric taxi. Lake Oeschinen marks the western gateway to the Jungfrau Aletsch Unesco World Heritage site.
A thrilling summer toboggan run is located right next to the upper station – quite the change of pace after the tranquillity of the mountain lake. Further information
Altitude: 1,682 metres
How to get there:
Lötschberger train from Bern/Thun/Spiez directly to Kandersteg, then gondola to the Oeschinen upper station
Views: From the upper station: Lake Oeschinen valley basin with the Blüemlisalphorn, Fründenhorn and Dolderhorn; across the valley from Kandersteg to the Wildstrubel and Lohner
Attractions: Summer toboggan run next to the upper gondola station, rowing on Lake Oeschinen, downhill mountain biking to Kandersteg
Food and drink: Restaurant Bergstübli (upper station), Restaurant Oeschinensee (lamb stew, fruit cakes), Berghaus Oeschinensee mountain inn (grilled cheese sandwiches, barbecue area)
Accommodation: Hotel Oeschinensee: 30 beds in rustic rooms, 20 sleeping spaces in dormitories
Mountain inn: Single, double and multi-bed rooms
Groups: By arrangement in the mountain inns
Winter: Small winter sports area, winter hikes to the lake, ice fishing
Special comments: Lake Oeschinen is the western gateway to the Jungfrau Aletsch Unesco World Heritage site.
May - October
2 to 4 hours (half day)
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6 to 9 years, 10 to 13 years, 14+ years
Children, Families, Groups, Individual, Couples
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