The Hidden Pearl of The Alps
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations I have ever been to, this magnificent turquoise lake, tucked away in a forested area and entirely surrounded by sheer mountain cliffs, was an absolute amazing day trip during my stay in Switzerland.
The Lake Oeschinen, or in Swiss German Oeschinensee lies above the town of Kandersteg. It is a pristine mountain lake, fed by the glacial brooks of the three thousand meter peaks of the Swiss Alps and is one of the larger Alpine Lakes
The easiest way to get to the lake is getting a cable car which leads from Kanderstag to a location near the lake. Since the mountain peaks surrounding the lake are immensely high, it takes a while for the sun to come high enough to brighten up the whole lake. Therefore, I waited until late morning to start my trip, hoping that by the time I get there it will be just the perfect time of the day.
After the cable car trip is complete, a half-hour walk is the only thing that separates you from the absolutely magnificent view of this nature pearl. There are several routes you can take and they go through pastures and pine forest to take you to the lake.
During summertime, Oeschinensee is a hikers’ paradise, a place to picnic, boat, swim, fish or simply relax and take in the natural beauty.
Exploring the lake and surrounding forest and meadows is best done by following the walking paths. The hiking trails are relatively flat themselves, and should not be of any problem for elderly people or children.
To appreciate Oeschinensee in all its beauty, it’s best to visit during the summer months. However, having visited in October myself, I could see the amazing potential to be a real white wonderland with all the wonderful nature during winter time too.
Bear in mind that the lake is very likely to be frozen! According to some websites, the lake is frozen about 4 months a year (from December to April).
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