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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 was created by a giant landslide and 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.

As of summer 2021, a circumnavigation of Lake Oeschinen is not possible. The reason for this is the danger of an imminent rockfall on the south shore, which is why paths are closed there.
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  • Cable car ride from Kandersteg An easy walk of about an hour to an observation point above the lake, and a descent to the lake (a few more minutes...) and that's it You can sit, breathe the pleasant.....  more
    Cable car ride from Kandersteg An easy walk of about an hour to an observation point above the lake, and a descent to the lake (a few more minutes...) and that's it You can sit, breathe the pleasant.....  more »
  • Great place for day trip with small kids. Bit of fun, a bit more hiking (4 & 6yrs old boys + baby), and swimming in cold lake. Pure Nature. We just loved it 
    Great place for day trip with small kids. Bit of fun, a bit more hiking (4 & 6yrs old boys + baby), and swimming in cold lake. Pure Nature. We just loved it  more »
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  • If you ask my opinion, this is a must visit in Swiss. Appropriately considered by many to the most beautiful mountain lake in the Alps, it’s a Unesco World Heritage. The water is turquoise blue with a impressive mountain scenery. It will take you 30 mins to reach Lake Oeschinen from the gondola station. There is also an E shuttle bus that runs daily from 11:30 am till 17 hrs. There are multiple hiking paths around. You can take the long mountain roads or also take the mountain path to go to the lake. I recommend going early in the summer months so that you can enjoy most of the day. Toilets and restaurants available. If you choose the hiking path, I highly recommend water, sunscreen and good shoes. Keep a swim suit in your back pack or you can as well take a quick shower in the waterfall. The lake is absolutely breathtaking and picturesque.
  • I took us 8 hours about 16.5 KMs from down the car park up to the,hiked up in the mountainsback to to the lake , chilling, relaxing , stops, photos all of that was included , every meter you step you will new fascinating view! This place is incredible, the path going up is not hard and doable without hiking poles. Oeschinen Lake is a lake in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 4 kilometres east of Kandersteg in the Oeschinen valley. At an elevation of 1,578 metres, it has a surface area of 1.1147 square kilometres. Its maximum depth is 56 metres. Oeschinen Lake is a lake in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 4 kilometres east of Kandersteg in the Oeschinen valley. At an elevation of 1,578 metres, it has a surface area of 1.1147 square kilometres. Its maximum depth is 56 metres.

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