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 tips

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

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 rout Oeschinen mountain station –Oberbärgli–Unterbärgli–Oeschinen mountain station
Distance 8.4 km
Elevation difference 492 hm
Walking time 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty level Medium


Hiking trails

The routes can be followed every day from May to October.

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

MagicBlue Kandersteg

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

What's more, the mountain railways in Kandersteg are included for stays of three nights or more on site.

BLS suggestion Picnic baskets / Barbecue kit

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 35.00 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


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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