Oeschinensee hike above Kandersteg is another must do when visiting the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.
Experience an unforgettable Swiss mountain lake hike with kids to one of the most renowned and stunning mountain lakes in Switzerland. Situated above the town of Kandersteg in the Canton of Bern, lying within powerful dramatic mountains – some covered with the eternal snow- you will find this magical mountain lake the Oeschinensee.
The lake and its surroundings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jungfrau Region for a good reason.
Numerous hikes with incredible vistas, adapted to your children’s and family ability, will make the Oeschinensee hike a Swiss mountain lake hike with kids an absolute must when visiting this area.
Oeschinensee lake calls to be discovered!
Hike through unspoiled nature on one of the many family friendly hiking trails at the Oeschinensee. Experience incredible 360° views as you would expect to view on high-altitude mountaineering routes. Already when you arrive at the bottom of the cable car in Kandersteg some of the most impressive mountain sceneries are presented in front of you.
Switzerland’s Most Beautiful & Easy Hike with Kids – Oeschinensee.
Which route is best to see the Oeschinensee & pushchair-friendly
When you get your tickets at the cable car station grab a trail map. I strongly suggest you take hike number two via Läger and then head down to the lake. Otherwise if you go only to the lakeshore you will miss the stunning view point which is featured in this blog. And this would be such a shame.
The trail is more or less flat and pushchair friendly. Apart from a slight uphill at the beginning in the forest you should not have any trouble on this Oeschinensee hike. We hiked during the month of October, which meant colourful trees and clear views. In numerous locations we saw dried-out streams. I can imagine if you hike this during the late spring or summer, you will experience waterfalls and streams along the path and are able to drink some of the purest mountain ice cold water.
After around 40 minutes, walking with kids, you arrive at the viewpoint. Be prepared for one of the most impressive Swiss mountain lake views you can imagine.
The area has a restaurant, with a children’s playground. But this view is so mesmerising and unique that you will probably find yourself sitting at the edge overlooking the lake and telling the kids that the playground is out of order today.
Next to the restaurant is the path down to the lake shore. A great area where you can make a fire if the weather is permitting, grill your Swiss sausage, have a swim, oh yes you can go for a brave, fresh mountain water swim, or just as in so many places in Switzerland enjoy the peace and tranquility this place has to offer.
You will also find a restaurant at the lakeshore, if making your own fire and getting the smoky smell in your nose is not your favourite way of enjoying lunch.
How to get back from the Oeschinensee?
If you spend too long enjoying the views and incredible scenery by the lake you can take the ride back to the cablecar station with the electric bus. It is a chf 8.- fee per person or you can walk the 30-40 min back on trail number one. It is slightly uphill all the way back and no problems with the pushchair.
The area of the Oeschinensee offers many other hikes including a high above the lake panoramic trail. But for us with our 3-year-old twins’, trail number two and back on number one, was simply perfect. It gives a roundtrip of 3.4km in total with a 110m altitude change in both directions. But should you be hiking with older kids here is a full description of the beautiful panorama hike in details.
Summer sledding run at Oeschinensee
A must is the summer sledding run at the station. You can simply not depart the mountain with at least having done one run. The younger kids can ride with you and it is absolutely safe as you are the pilot. Our two enjoyed it so much we had to go twice. The sled area is right next to the cable car station, very conveniently placed. You can leave your bags next to the ticket office without any problem, so there is really no excuse. A perfect mountain family activity to end the day.
Alternatives at the Oeschinensee
If you do not want to hike at all to the best viewpoint at the Oeschinensee, you can take the electric bus already from the top cable car station to the lake shore of the Oeschinensee and back.
For the very sporty ones, you can hike up the 400m altitude change from Kandersteg to the lake find out more about the different hikes.
Travel advice to visit the Oeschinensee lake
Although this hike is in the Canton of Bern it is very much possible to pencil it in even if your holiday base is in the Canton of Valais. There is a car-train from Goppenstein – Valais which will bring you through the mountain and out in Kandersteg. Just check when the last train leaves Kandersteg to Goppenstein.
As always bring warm jackets as the weather can turn quickly in the mountains. For this trip you may want to bring your swimming suits J. Check out the cable car timetable so you do not miss the last ride down.
Good to know
- There is the possibility to bring your bike and cycle down for families with older kids.
check with the station for possibilities and prices on bringing your bike
- Many more different hikes just waiting to be discovered by you.
- If you would like a unique experience you can overnight at the lake.
- Discover Lake Oeschinen from a completely new perspective and rent a rowing boat. More information on their local website.
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