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- Winter in SwitzerlandFebruary 28, 2021
- Winter in Switzerland
Lake Oeschinen, probably the most beautiful alpine lake
This often photographed lake at an altitude of nearly 1,600 m, is well known as the perfect alpine setting. Lake Oeschinen is surrounded by the well over 3’000 metre peaks of the Bluemlisalp, Fruendenhorn and Doldenhorn. Their impressive rock walls rise almost vertically from the lake. One reaches the lake after a short ride with a gondola followed by a 25 minute walk leading to the shore.
Ancient landslides from the slopes of the Doldenhorn caused the creation of the lake. Recently smaller landslides have lead to a partial closure of the southern shore, but the remainder is accessible and safe to visit. Several hikes are possible. A loop up to the Heuberg and on to the Alp Oberbaergli offers spectacular views of the lake, however one needs to be free of vertigo. Alternatively, one can hike down to Kandersteg.
Since 2007 the lake is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The first view of the lake, when you arrive at one of the viewpoints is the highlight. For most people, this is a true “wow-experience”.
Since 1892 the hotel and restaurant on the western shore of the lake, offers fine local dishes. The huge terrace invites you for a morning coffee, lunch or an afternoon drink after your hike.
In summer one can make an excursion by rowing boat. In early winter the lake freezes over and when no snow has covered the ice, ice skating is possible. At the summit station of the gondola, the 750 meter alpine slide offers a thrilling experience for young and old.
Included is some time at the restaurant for drinks or a meal. For a hike add additional time according the length.
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