Hiking & nature

Hiking trail to Oeschinensee Lake

Discover Oeschinensee: one of the finest mountain lakes in the Alps.

Starting from Kandersteg, you reach Oeschinensee 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.

Hiking trail

Mountain hike over Mount Heuberg by Lake Oeschinen

This challenging walk begins by Oeschinen mountain station and initially takes you along a steep mountain slope towards Oberbärgli. The path is narrow and hemmed in by several brooks. It is vital to be sure-footed and free from vertigo. Good shoes are crucial. Along the way, there are breathtaking views of the fascinating mountainscape of the Swiss Alps to be enjoyed.

The descent from Oberbärgli to Unterbärgli is a real challenge! A steep path hewn into the mountainside leads down to the lake. The path back to the Oeschinen mountain station is then very comfortable by comparison.

Key figures

Walking route

Oeschinen mountain station –Oberbärgli–Unterbärgli–Oeschinen mountain station


8.4 km

Elevation difference

492 metres of elevation

Walking time

3 hours 30 minutes

Difficulty level


Hiking map with elevation profile 

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    Hiking trail

    Bergwanderung am Oeschinensee über den Heuberg

    Die anspruchsvolle Wanderung beginnt bei der Bergstation Oeschinen und führt zunächst einer steilen Bergflanke entlang in Richtung Oberbärgli. Der Weg ist schmal und wird von zahlreichen kleinen Bächen gesäumt. Man sollte auf jeden Fall schwindelfrei und trittsicher sein. Gutes Schuhwerk ist unerlässlich. Unterwegs bieten sich Ihnen atemberaubende Ausblicke auf die faszinierende Bergwelt der Schweizer Alpen.

    Der Abstieg vom Oberbärgli nach Unterbärgli ist eine echte Herausforderung! Ein steiler, in den Berg gehauener Pfad führt hinunter zum See. Der Rückweg zur Bergstation Oeschinen ist dann wieder sehr gemütlich.


    Wanderstrecke Bergstation Oeschinen–Oberbärgli–Unterbärgli–Bergstation Oeschinen
    Distanz 8.4 km
    Höhendifferenz 492 hm
    Wanderzeit 3 Std. 30 Min.
    Schwierigkeitsgrad mittel
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      Availability Today (Wednesday) 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.
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        BLS suggestion Picnic baskets / Barbecue kit

        Picnic Basket or 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 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


        Baden, fischen oder eine Runde mit dem Ruderboot drehen – der Oeschinensee bietet alles für den perfekten Sommerausflug.

        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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