Route: Oeschinensee (Lake Oeschinen)

Area: Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Date of walk:  15th June 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.6 miles

Ascent: 450 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some sunny spells, light rain near the end

Oeschinensee is a famous lake above the village of Kandersteg, our base for the first 3 nights of a walking holiday in the Bernese Oberland. The area above the village is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the lake is included in the designation

Having walked to the Uschene Valley in the morning, there remained time for a short walk in the afternoon and this gave us the opportunity to visit the lake. We walked from our hotel in Kandersteg to the base station of the cable car and bought 2 return tickets

An enjoyable ride, with spectacular views along the way, brought us up to the Bergstation at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level. We set off along the waymarked path to the lake. There were quite a few other folk around, as this is a popular tourist destination, but we were able to leave them as they followed the main path to the lake, while we diverted to the left. The diversion took us along a higher path, recommended by our hotel. We were grateful for the good advice, as the view over Oeschinensee was spectacular, despite the fact that the tops of the surrounding mountains were shrouded in cloud

Having drunk our fill of the view, we followed a waymarked track to the foot of the lake, where there is a hotel and a restaurant, and in consequence it’s rather busy. It was tempting to walk back down to Kandersteg, which would have added an hour to the itinerary, but rain was forecast (accurately as it turned out), and so we simply followed the main track back to the Bergstation and caught the cable car down into the valley

I realised during the course of the walk that this would be the 1,000th walk to appear on this site since I started it in 2013. The spectacular scenery which we’d witnessed made this a fitting way to mark the milestone

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