OESCHINENSEE, Lake Oeschinen, Switzerland
OESCHINEN LAKE had been on our to-do list for a while – so when we noticed the option to even WALK on it, we had to go. From Kandersteg it takes just 10 minutes with the cable car to the mountain station and then a 2 km sligthly downhill walk to the lake (beware of crossing skiers and snowboarders!). At this time of the year the lake is frozen and open for the Ice Walk, a tour of 1,6 or 3,5 km (groomed by machines). Along the route ice fishermen are waiting – and waiting – to, perhaps, catch dinner The Oeschinen Lake is about 56 meters deep, but don’t worry, the Ice Walk is only open when the ice is thick enough and safe. The view from the Ice Walk at the lake is absolutely stunning. The surrounding mountains, sometimes with small but distant avalanches roaring down the steep mountain sides, the snow-covered lake, shining in the sun – is a fabulous experience. After the Ice Walk we had lunch at the Berghotel with a wonderful lake and mountain view before heading back to the cable car. Ice Walking is normally possible to the end of March, but check the link below in advance.