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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 train travel from Bern directly to Kandersteg. You can reach Lake Oeschinen from the mountain station of the Oeschinensee gondola lift on foot in 25 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 (Thursday) open

Rowing boats

9 May to 27 October 2024
Boats available during the operating times of the gondola cableway and only in fair weather.

Gondola cableway

9 May to 14 June 2024 from 08.30 to 18.00 hours
15 June to 15 September 2024 from 08.30 to 18.00 hours
16 September to 27 October 2024 from 08.30 to 17.00 hours

Sports equipment (bicycles, etc.) is not transported.


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

Subject to change without prior notice


Gondola cableway fares

  • CHF 24.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 32.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 12.00 Children (6–15.99 years) / Half-Fare / GA, one-way
  • CHF 16.00 Children (6–15.99 years) / Half-Fare / GA, return
The Junior Travelcard is valid on gondola lift rides when accompanied by a parent. Please present/exchange at the ticket office.

Rowing boat rental

  • CHF 29.00 Rowing boat 1 hour
  • CHF 18.00 Rowing boat 30 minutes
  • CHF 40.00 Fishing boat 1/2 day
  • CHF 80.00 Fishing boat 1/1 day

A maximum of 4 people are allowed per rowing boat.

The fishing boats have a fish box and anchor. For a half-day rental, you can choose between morning 08.00-12.00 or afternoon 15.00-18.00. A full day rental is from 08.00-18.00.

You can reserve the boats at the following telephone number:

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 Lakes, 3 Cable cars

Visit the three most popular excursion destinations in the Kandersteg region with the MagicBlue Pass and benefit from an attractive price reduction.

  • Lake Oeschinen
  • Arvenseeli on Sunnbüel
  • Allmenalp
  • MagicBlue-Pass 1 Pass, 2 Lakes, 3 Cable cars (Oeschinensee, Sunnbüel, Allmenalp)

BLS suggestion

You can reach the deep blue Lake Oeschinen from the mountain station in about 25 minutes on foot or in 10 minutes by electric scooter.

Grill Bag To Go

Without planning, thinking, packing and lugging... Why not leave your rucksack at home for a change and order your takeaway meal conveniently while you're on the move? All you have to do is pick up your grill bag filled with all kinds of delicacies at the Oeschinensee mountain restaurant.

Prices per person

  • CHF 37.00 Barbecue

Included in the price:

  • Firewood / eco grill bag
  • Bernese Oberland Bratwurst (veal/pork) or veggie sausage
  • Homemade bread
  • Mixed salad
  • Chips, tomatoes, mustard, etc.
  • Oeschi water

Order your barbecue on the day of arrival by 10.30 a.m. at the latest directly on site at Berghotel Oeschinensee or at


Prices are subject to change


Take the UNESCO electric bus to the Oeschinensee mountain lake

The environmentally friendly electric bus takes you comfortably to Oeschinen Lake and back again.


9 May to 27 October 2024
from 11.00 to 16.30 hours (17.30 hours in high season)
Departures every 30 minutes

First trip from gondola cableway mountain station 11.00 hours
First trip from Berghotel Oeschinensee 11.30 hours

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 25 minutes on foot or in 10 minutes by electric bus.

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