Blausee and Oeschinensee- A Day trip to the fairytale Lakes of Bernese Oberland!

(Last Updated On: March 5, 2018)

We have always wondered if the fairies with the magical powers ever inhabited Switzerland years ago. Every place we visit in Switzerland has astonished us and made us wonder if they really exist. Most of the places in Switzerland look like they have been taken right out of some fairytale and the Blausee and Oeschinensee are no exceptions. These gorgeous Switzerland lakes set in picturesque locales are amongst the best places to visit in Switzerland.

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Kandersteg

Kandersteg is a small pretty village in Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The main attraction of the village of Kandersteg are the two gorgeous lakes Blausee and Oeschinensee. Kandersteg Village is surrounded by mountains which endows it with beautiful Alpine landscapes and numerous hiking trails making it paradise for adventurers and hikers.

Zurich to Blausee? or Bern to Blausee?

People keep asking us that question but surprisingly we were based in Geneva and we visited the lakes on a day trip from Geneva. Geneva to Blausee is close to 4 hours, which does not make it a day trip practically but we did it.

Zurich or the Swiss City Bern would make for a perfect base to visit the lakes of Kandersteg. With a travel time of little more than an hour from Bern and a couple of hours from Zurich makes visiting Blausee and Oeschenensee an easy day trip.

How to get to Blausee?

We boarded a train from Geneva to Bern where we had to take a train to Spiez and then from Spiez to Kandersteg. From Geneva it was two train changes it is much easier from Switzerland capital Bern as there are direct trains from Bern to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg Bahnhof (bus station) we took a bus towards Kandergrund to get down at the Blausee stop. From the bus stop, it is just 5 minutes walk to the entrance of Blausee National Park.

Blausee or the Blue Lake

Our first stop was the beautiful Blausee popularly known as Blausee Lake though Blau means Blue and See means Lake which gets its name from the deep blue color of the water. Blausee is a deep blue lake in the Kander valley of Bernese Oberland.

At the entrance is a small souvenir shop where one can buy the tickets to the lake. The path to the lake winds through lush forest area amidst the chirping of the birds. The walk to the lake itself isn’t more than 10 minutes. There were many tourists and families heading towards the lake. Though we enjoyed the nature walk we grew restless for the glimpse of the lake.

The first glimpse of the lake was absolutely stunning and left us in complete awe of the beauty. We stood spellbound for several minutes and could not just believe if this was all for real. A crystal clear calm lake, so clear that the logs and the fishes in the lake were clearly visible and the towering pines with a dash of hues in yellow-orange shades marking the enchanting season of fall everything seemed so otherworldly.

There is a legend that the lake color changed to an intense deep blue shade of the eyes of the young woman who drowned in the lake while mourning for her lost love. There is a statue of the young woman in the lake carved by sculptor Raphael Fuchs in her memory.

You can take a walk around the lake through the paved paths, rocks, and the bridges or take a ride on the glass-bottom boat included in the entry ticket for an enthralling experience of the mesmerizing lake and the surrounding forest.

On the other end of the lake is a large playground with swings and slides where Chhavi had her share of fun.

The Lake sits in a breathtaking backdrop of the pine forest is an ideal picnic spot for families and hasn’t yet fallen on the tourist radar. It is also a perfect picnic spot with several tables and the barbecue grills with wood provided in the park. We had forgotten to unload our bag of the eggs we bought from grocery shopping the previous day. This struck an idea to experiment with cooking eggs on the grill.

It was great fun and they even turned out to be delicious. Many intrigued onlookers would turn up every now and then and check if the eggs were cooked and how they tasted. Am sure they are going to give it a try next time.

There is also a restaurant in the park for the ones not interested in the barbecue option.

Oeschinensee or Oeschinen Lake

Oeschinensee or the Oeschinen Lake is a mountain lake located in Oeschinen valley in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland in at an elevation of 1,578meters. Oeschinensee is the largest lake in the valley and the most popular destination for locals as well as tourists.

How to get to Oeschinensee?

After our Blausee adventure, we next headed to Oeschinen Lake. We took the same bus heading towards Kandergrund from Blausee stop and continued our journey to Oeschinen Cable car station.

From the bus stop, we had to walk some 5-10 minutes towards the cable car station. The route to the cable car station passed through green meadows and lovely chalets surrounded by rocky cliffs.

A bunch of colorful paragliders sailed above us. We even found a beautiful church which looked very old dominating the lush green landscape.

There is a sled run with a 750m long track next to the gondola station, which is great fun for kids. Walk through the pastures and pine forests for around 20 minutes or alternatively, take the minibus. The small road to the lake is stroller accessible. The first view of the lake was a sheer bliss and we instantly knew it was going to be the best.

Oeschinen Lake is a lake in the Oeschinen valley of the Bernese Oberland. High mountains surround the Lake on all sides. The lake is generally frozen during winter months. There is an option for row boating in the lake. The boat accommodating four people at a time is a great way to spend some delightful time on calm waters amidst the soaring mountains. There is a restaurant with food and stay options available.

By the time, it was late afternoon weather started getting colder and the lake was completely covered by clouds hence, we decided to head back before the weather turned worse.

We returned back home and as always browsed through the pictures taken from the trip accompanied by a hot cup of evening tea.

Have you been to these fairy tale lakes? Share with us your memories of such stunning lakes.

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64 thoughts on “Blausee and Oeschinensee- A Day trip to the fairytale Lakes of Bernese Oberland!

  • April 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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    Such a lovely place that I never heard of before. I love going to mountains and just free my mind. It’s great for taking photos also.

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    • mm
      April 12, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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      True David. These lakes look like taken right out of fairy tale and a great place for some laid back experience.

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  • April 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm
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    Wow what amazing destinations to visit! Your photos look great. I’d love to travel to these places one day.

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    • mm
      April 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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      Thanks Adina. Glad you liked them. Keep us updated if you plan to visit them 🙂

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  • April 12, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    I have never been to these lakes before but they look so beautiful! I love your photos because I felt like I was there with you. Now the eggs – that is something I have never tried! 🙂

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    • mm
      April 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm
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      Thank you so much Alison. Glad we could make justice to the beauty of the lakes and you liked them. Yeah, Eggs was a kind of fun. Do try and let us know if you liked them 😉

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  • April 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    I think that is the most stunning lake I have ever seen and what a fascinating legend to discover that they believed it was because a young woman with same colour eyes drowned.

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    • mm
      April 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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      Agree with you Ana, the intriguing legend makes the lake more compelling and stunning. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  • April 12, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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    My goodness, that destination looks amazing. I love the water, and how it’s clear!
    Beautiful photographs as well!

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    • mm
      April 13, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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      Thanks Jenn, Its amazing indeed 🙂

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  • April 13, 2016 at 12:07 am
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    Wow this is amazing. I like the how clear the water. I can really see the fish. Wish I could go here with my daughter and wife.

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    • mm
      April 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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      True! Its incredibly stunning. You should definitely visit these lakes with your family. They are going to have an awesome time 🙂

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  • April 13, 2016 at 6:37 am
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    OMG the color of that lake! Plus the legend , plus the landscape … I need to go there see with my own eyes. Thank you for sharing your awesome experience

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    • mm
      April 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm
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      Sure Denisa. Everything about these lakes is awesome. You will for definitely love it. Do plan a visit and keep us updated.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 8:17 am
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    Been to switzerland so many times ! How come I never heard of this place ? when I saw the picture of the lac, I was speechless ! You guys are lucky 🙁

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    • mm
      April 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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      True Maryam, Switzerland has so many hidden gems and its impossible to visit each and every place. We were lucky to spot this lake and make a visit to it.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 9:49 am
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    Great destinations and landscapes! This lake is stunning! I love all pictures, and could only imagine it’s beauty in real life!

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    • mm
      April 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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      Thank you so much. Lakes are stunning indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 10:01 am
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    Oh my gosh this is so stunning I so want to go here now! The blue of those lakes! Such a beautiful place x

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    • mm
      April 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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      True Charlotte. The lakes are amazing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    So picture esque and fantastic photography! Looks like you had a great time!!

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    • mm
      April 14, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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      Yes Kerry we had a great time. Thanks!

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  • April 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm
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    Blausee looks like a lake from the fairytale! Switzerland is definitely on my traveliing bucket list

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    • mm
      April 14, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      Switzerland itself is a fairytale country and there is no dearth for magic here. 🙂

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  • April 15, 2016 at 10:09 am
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    Never heard of seen this place. Looks amazing and worth visiting. Bucket list ✈️

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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      Switzerland has lot of such hidden gems and this is no exception.

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  • April 15, 2016 at 10:54 am
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    There is a similar place in germany, called Königsee. You guys must visit that. Such a mesmerising place.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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      We have not been able to do much of Germany but your suggestion noted to be done someday in future. Thanks Varun!

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  • April 15, 2016 at 11:04 am
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    is that lake REAL? it looks like crystal made, like the South Europe and Italy sea! 🙂
    The pics are all amazing but I mainly fell in love with that azure water!

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm
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      It is real Sabrina 😉 Yes it does looks incredible and amazing. Thanks!

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  • June 14, 2016 at 4:53 am
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    Absolutely plucked right out of a fairytale. The pics are divine, but I’m still in awe about the first pic and the lake pics. STUNNING!

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    • mm
      August 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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      Thank you so much Johnson. These lakes are indeed dreamy 🙂

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  • August 3, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    I read your story! I was searching for the day trips from Zurich to lakes such as oeschinensee and blausee and google directly brought me to your travel blog and I am lucky that it did! Amazing description! And I actually wanted to listen to stories from people already visited there and took some pictures than some marketing websites and photoshopped pictures! My husband and I are planning to to to Zurich next week and hopefully will visit these two lakes in a day. I got some other places to visit too. I have a question please, which month of the year you visited there as you were wearing coats and winter clothes, I am going there in mid August, so any suggestions on clothes, weather condition or any kind info would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

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    • mm
      August 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      Thank you so much for your kind words. You can easily visit these two lakes in a day. August is the best season to visit. You probably wont need any coats but carry some light jackets. During our visit probably early November it was, Oeschinensee got a bit windy in the evening till then it was nice sunny 🙂 Happy travelling!

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      • August 4, 2016 at 8:30 am
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        Thank you so much for your reply! That was helpful! Keep writing about your travelling! I love to write about my travelling too, but i mostly write them through pictures and my native language! All the best to your future travel plans!

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        • mm
          August 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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          Thank you so much Kasana. Glad it helped you 🙂 Have a great and memorable trip!

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  • August 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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    We’re going to Oeschinsee in a of days…Can we swim in the lake? Also, we would love to BBQ – what are the options? Are there grills there? Fuels etc?
    Thanks for any help anyone!!!

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    • mm
      August 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm
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      You cannot swim in either of the lakes. Group boating is available in Blausee and you can take rowing boat on your own in Oeschinensee. But BBQ with fuel and grill stand is available only in Blausee. Let us know if you need any other information. Thanks for visiting our blog 🙂

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      • June 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm
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        Of course you can swim in Oeschinen Lake during the warmer months. I did swam in it yesterday and was so refreshing after a few hours of hiking. 🙂

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        • mm
          June 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm
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          Good to know. We were informed that swimming in the lakes is forbidden. Better to check with the authorities first and then dive in 🙂

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  • November 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm
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    This is one place which is high on my wishlist. Plz don’t laugh when I tell you why. Its because I saw something extremely close to this in my dream! And that also long before I knew something like this existed in reality.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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    The lakes in the Alps are always stunning..loved your pictures! Switzerland is on my bucketlist and I will go here for sure. seeing the fish makes it evident how clear the water is!

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  • November 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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    I have never been to Switzerland but it has always been a place I have wanted to go because of its magical scenery and architecture. That lake looks like a scene from a disney movie, how gorgeous! The mountains around Oeschinensee look like something from Frozen – I need to go now!

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  • November 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    Switzerland is my FAVORITE and I never see a post about it that I don’t want to hop right into. The legend about the girl with the blue eyes drowning in the lake is crazy! Wonder if that’s true… Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm
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    These photos indeed make Switzerland look like from a fairy tale! That lake is so incredibly clear! I love the photo of you all in a boat and you can see the fish swimming under you! This sounds like a great weekend trip to take one day! Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 3:09 am
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    I love Switzerland. I have enjoyed my travels there and must agree that it feels like a fairy tale! The Blausee lake is amazing! The clarity of the water is unlike anything I have seen! Your image shows the fish so clearly beneath the boat! Unreal!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 3:47 am
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    My kids would love to take a trip to the fairytale Lakes of Bernese Oberland. I visited Switzerland briefly when I was studying abroad in France, but I had never heard about these lakes. Your photo of the lake and surrounding forest looks magical!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 8:01 am
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    That rock looks heavy. You guys must be strong! Jokes aside, Switzerland is breathtakingly beautiful and the Bernese Oberland looks particularly special. Lovely photos guys.

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    • mm
      June 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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      Thanks, Christina, Yes Switzerland is beautiful and there is so much to explore in Bernese Oberland.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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    I have been to places similar to this (Austria and Germany) but I was not aware of Blausee in Switzerland. Definitely on my list now for my next visit!

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  • March 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    We haven’t visited Switzerland yet and definitely will add it to our travel list now. You have been super helpful with guidance about getting there and how long so have pinned this post so I do not lose it. What a beautiful colour of the lake, and love the story that goes with it (even if it is very sad)

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  • March 5, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    I haven’t been to Switzerland! I have always wanted to visit though. You made it look even better than I already thought. I am going to have to book myself a vacation super soon!

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  • March 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm
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    That lake is stunning!! Everything about this town is stunning! Looks like you had an amazing adventure, so glad to have gotten to read about it!

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  • March 6, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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    The lake in the first pic definitely looks like a fairy tail. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful moment with us. Great post

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  • March 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm
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    This place looks magical! I cannot wait to take my family to Switzerland! Loved your photos!!

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  • March 6, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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    Blausee and Oeschinensee wow I have never heard of before but you were on an amazing trip. You were absolutely correct it all seemed like a fairytale adventure. The lake was totally stunning and breathtaking. Such a beautiful place. I would love to visit there.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 1:28 am
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    Wow, these pictures are stunning! I’ve never been to Switzerland- never really thought about it, but you are enticing me to add it to the bucket list.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 2:26 am
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    Wow, what a gorgeous location! I’d love to visit here someday.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 8:15 am
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    Beautiful location, gateways in a wild nature are the best and Switzerland has plenty of of it.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm
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    I’ve never seen lakes with such a pretty color and so clear before. I would really enjoy boating on the lake and go on nature trail hikes. I’d probably never want to leave.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 11:47 pm
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    That is so very beautiful. The water is pretty. I love it even more that I can see the fish.

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  • March 9, 2018 at 3:08 am
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    The photos are gorgeous! The lake looks lovely and peaceful. Thank you for this complete guide.

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