Hiking & nature

Hike from Kandersteg to Lake Oeschinen

Discover Lake Oeschinen: one of the finest mountain lakes in the Alps.

Starting from Kandersteg, you reach Lake Oeschinen after approximately 1.5 hours of walking. To make things even easier, you can replace the walk up by a trip on the gondola cableway. From the mountain station, it’s then only around a 20-minute stroll to the Alpine lake.

However, you then miss out on the picturesque high-altitude mountain trail and the breath-taking view of the deep-blue Lake Oeschinen. The trail leads through a splendid nature reserve along glaciers, rocks and lakes to the foot of the Blüemlisalp. 

Lake Oeschinen is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is regarded by many as the most beautiful mountain lake in the Alps. Cosy mountain restaurants and comfortable spots are perfect for a relaxing break. If the water is too cold for a swim, you can hire a rowing boat and explore the lake that way. Or continue your walk on one of the many available routes.

Hiking trail

Mountain hike from Kandersteg to Lake Oeschinen

The hike begins at Kandersteg Railway Station. Walk out of the valley towards the Blümlisalp and cross the Oeschibach brook. Near the station of the gondola lift, the trail then leads steeply upwards to the Alp Oeschinen and onwards through Bergwald to Mount Heuberg. Here the deep-blue Lake Oeschinen literally lies at your feet. Take a break and drink in the beautiful views. The walk now continues over the Oberbärgli before descending via Alpine meadows and rocky ledges to Unterbärgli. From here, it’s just a short walk to the shores of Lake Oeschinen.

Key figures

Hiking route Kandersteg–Heuberg–Oberbärgli–Unterbärgli–Lake Oeschinen
Distance 3 km
Elevation difference 382 m
Walking time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty level Medium

Availability Today (Thursday) open

Hiking trail

The route can be followed every day that the Oeschinensee gondola cableway runs.

Gondola cableway

8 May to 11 June 2021 from 08.30 to 17.00 hours
12 June to 27 September 2021 from 08.30 to 18.00 hours
28 September to 24 October 2021 from 08.30 to 17.00 hours
25 October to 18 December 2021: closed

Sports equipment (such as bicycles) will only be carried during the first and last hours of operation.


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

MagicBlue Kandersteg

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)
  • MagicBlue + From just 3 overnight stays, enjoy MagicBlue experiences for free.

BLS suggestion Picnic baskets / Barbecue kit

Picnic Basket, Grill Bag To Go or Fondue 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 picnic basket filled with all kinds of delicacies at the Oeschinensee mountain restaurant.

Prices per person, available from 2 pers.

  • CHF 33.00 Standard picnic basket
  • CHF 49.00 Deluxe picnic basket
  • CHF 35.00 Barbecue


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


Swimming, fishing, a turn at the oars on a rowing boat – Lake Oeschinen offers everything for a perfect summer excursion.

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. The circular hike starts directly at the mountain station. Follow the signs to "Heuberg".

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