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Fun on the water – Oeschinen Lake

Swimming, fishing, a turn at the oars on a rowing boat – Oeschinen Lake has everything you need for a perfect summer excursion

Rent a rowing boat and explore the lake as a romantic outing, or to send out a fishing line. Maybe you’ll be lucky and land a fish. Discover the untouched nature around Oeschinen Lake while swimming, fishing and boating. Let your soul unwind and enjoy the stunning views of the Blüemlisalp massif.

With the RegioExpress Lötschberger you travel from Bern directly to Kandersteg. You can reach Lake Oeschinen from the mountain station of the Oeschinensee gondola lift on foot in 20 minutes or by electric minibus in 10 minutes.


Boat rental

Let your soul unwind out on the lake.

People have been taking romantic rowing boat rides on the lake for some 120 years. And to this day, time stands still on a boat trip on Oeschinen Lake. Sit down, cast off and forget the world.


Fishing on the mountain lake

Fishing is a year-round activity out on picturesque Oeschinen Lake. Practice (and patience) makes perfect, as mountain lake fishing is a discipline all of its own. The time of day and the weather are critical to your success.

Try your luck! Day and weekly passes can be purchased from the restaurants on Oeschinen Lake, and fishing boats can be rented from the Berghaus Arva Oeschinensee. Just remember that you will need to bring equipment such as grubs, worms, hooks and rods with you. The Mountain Lakes Fishing Law of the Canton of Bern applies when fishing on Oeschinen Lake.


Swimming in the lake

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the clear mountain lake. The water is very clean, but very cold throughout most of the year. In high summer, however, the water temperature can reach 20°C, making it a very popular place to swim. Simple bathing areas with pebble beaches can be found on the western banks of the lake. Infrastructure such as changing huts is not available.

Availability Today (Friday) open

Rowing boats

14 May to 23 October 2022
Boats available during the operating times of the gondola cableway and only in fair weather.

Gondola cableway

14 May to 10 June 2022 from 08.30 to 17.00 hours
11 June to 18 September 2022 from 08.30 to 18.00 hours
19 September to 23 October 2022 from 08.30 to 17.00 hours


The restaurants are open during the operating times of the gondola cableway.


Subject to change without prior notice


Gondola cableway fares − July to November

  • CHF 22.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 30.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 11.00 Children (6-15.99 years ) / Half-Fare / GA, one-way
  • CHF 15.00 Children (6-15.99 years ) / Half-Fare / GA, , return

Rowing boat rental

  • CHF 28.00 Rowing boat 1 hour
  • CHF 17.00 Rowing boat 30 minutes
  • CHF 37.00 Fishing boat 1/2 day
  • CHF 71.00 Fishing boat 1/1 day

Fishing patents

  • CHF 32.00 Adults
  • CHF 20.00 Children up to 15.99 years


Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

MagicBlue Kandersteg Aktion: 1 Pass, 2 Seen, 3 Bahnen

Deep-blue Lake Oeschinen lying in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hidden Arven lakes on Sunnbüel, and the inviting Allmenalp above its four waterfalls. It’s not only the MagicBlue Pass that raises the curtain on these three natural stages in Kandersteg. Because hotel guests can now also enjoy excursions to the magic of the Alps without any worries – from three overnight stays in Kandersteg, mountain transport is included in the price. 

  • MagicBlue-Pass 1 PASS, 2 LAKES, 3 CABLE CARS (Oeschinensee, Sunnbüel, Allmenalp)

How to get there

Travel by train to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg station you can take the local bus or walk (15 minutes) to the Oeschinensee cable car station. From the mountain station you will reach Lake Oeschinen in about 20 minutes on foot or in 10 minutes by electric bus.

Weather & webcam Today: fair weather 8/18°

Today fair weather 8/18°
Tomorrow light showers 8/12°
Sunday light showers 5/15°
Monday light showers 5/16°
Oeschinensee: Rodelbahn
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