Oeschinen Lake, Kandersteg

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Oeschinen Lake (German: Oeschinensee) is a lake in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of Kandersteg in the Oeschinen valley. At an elevation of 1,578 metres (5,177 ft), it has a surface area of 1.1147 square kilometres (0.4304 sq mi). Its maximum depth is 56 metres (184 ft).

The lake is fed through a series of mountain creeks and drains underground. The water then resurfaces as the Oeschibach. Part of it is captured for electricity production and as water supply for Kandersteg.

In observations from 1931 to 1965, the elevation of the lake surface varied between 1,566.09 metres (5,138.1 ft) and 1,581.9 metres (5,190 ft). The average seasonal variation was 12.2 metres (40 ft) (September/April).

The lake is generally frozen during five months, from December to May. From time to time ice skating is possible on the ice.

Fish in the lake include Arctic char (Seesaibling), lake trout (Kanadische Seeforelle), rainbow trout (Regenbogenforelle). From January to March, ice fishing is popular.

A gondola lift from Kandersteg leads to Oeschinen, 25 minutes by foot from the lake.

Since 2007 the lake is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • My Great-Uncle (84), his friend (77) and I (57) walked up to this beautiful lake and spent the afternoon exploring the surrounding areas walking to a waterfall and just enjoying the beauty of the...  more »
  • We went there with one small child (14months) on the slide. We did the first tour that took us around 40min with some stops, taking photos, etc. The lake was frozen, it was so nice to see that and to....  more »
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  • Super beautiful lake. One of my most favourite places in Swiss.
  • Amazing place. We walk for about 5 kilometers from Kendersteg to the lake. It’s a difficult and memorable experience but we came back using the cable car.

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