Hiking & nature

Winter walking on the Oeschinen Lake

Unesco Ice Walk and winter walking – the unique experience

Walking on the Oeschinen Lake is a very special adventure. You’ll experience the winter, feel the cold on your skin and view the Jungfrau-Aletsch Unesco World Heritage Site up-close. There are two winter hiking trails of different lengths on the lake. You can also watch ice fishermen do their thing on the lake and then warm up by the fireplace in the Berghotel Oeschinensee. From the Oeschinensee mountain station, you can either hike directly or along the panoramic route to the Oeschinen Lake.

With the RegioExpress you 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.


Circular trail on Oeschinen Lake

  • The circular trail takes 30 to 60 minutes. The length of the trail depends on the conditions on site.

The trail can also be used with snow shoes.

If there is a risk of avalanches or the ice is not thick enough, the circular trail remains closed.

Winter walk

Läger–Oeschinensee tour - winter walking trail with breathtaking views

Experience three-thousand-metre peaks from a new perspective on a winter walk and enjoy the refreshing mountain air on your skin.

Follow the signposted circular trail in the direction of "Läger" until you reach the beautiful Oeschinensee in around 45 minutes. The way back leads through the forest along the two ski slopes to the top station of the Oeschinen gondola lift.

Route description

Walking time 1 hour 20 minutes
Distance 3.8 km 
Altitude difference 105 m 
Level of difficulty easy

Availability Today (Tuesday) open

22 December 2023 to 17 March 2024
09.00–17.00 hours (last ascent 16.50 hours)

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates gondola

Gondola cableway

  • CHF 32.00 Adults return
  • CHF 16.00 Adults Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass return
  • CHF 24.00 Adults simple
  • CHF 12.00 Adults Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass simple
  • CHF 25.60 Groups return
  • CHF 12.80 Groups Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass return
  • CHF 19.20 Groups simple
  • CHF 9.60 Groups Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass simple
  • Oeschinensee gondola cableway fares
  • Buy gondola tickets
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

BLS suggestion


Combine your winter hike with “Fondue2go,” fondue fun of a very special kind: Lots of space, fresh air and a cool alternative to going to a restaurant – that's what the Fondue2go sledges offer.

The fondue set includes our own and home-made fondue mix “Fifty-Fifty”, home-made bread and various spices. Wine, tea, etc. as desired. Also included in the set is a wooden sled for pulling the fondue box, thermo seat cushions and wool blankets.

Simple and straightforward, they can be pre-ordered by 11.00 hours. Simply collect the box from the Bergstübli restaurant at the mountain station and find your favourite spot for your adventure treat.

Please note that the sets should be pre-ordered in the online shop. Numbers are limited. No refunds or cash payments. In case of bad weather, the amount can be credited at the restaurant.

Fondue2go prices

  • CHF 75.00 2 persons
  • CHF 150.00 4 persons
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products are subject to change without notice

How to get there

Travel by train to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg station you can take the local bus or walk (10-15 minutes) to the Oeschinensee cable car station.

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