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.
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.
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