For our last day in Switzerland, we wanted to get any last-minute adventures in as we headed back north to Zurich. After discussing a couple options with Martina, we chose Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg, near Adelboden.
The lake is well-known among the locals of the Bernese Oberland, but less known among tourists. It’s also part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site. At an elevation of 5,177 ft, the alpine lake is fed by glacier waters and the Swiss Alps surround the area.
Hike to Oeschinen Lake
From the top of the gondola station, you take the path on the right that directs you to the lake. The walk down to the lake took about 15-20 minutes.
If you’re unsure, follow the yellow signs to direct you on the right path. You can also skip the gondola and have a hike up to the top which takes significantly more time, but would be great for a day-hike!
Since we wanted to make the most of our last day in Switzerland, we did a quick trip up to the lake. Once we walked around admiring the color and waiting for the clouds pass (no clouds/blue sky = better color of the lake), we hiked back up to the gondola station. (By the way, this was Hike 19/52!)
Alpine Slide (Rodelbahn Oeschinensee)
There was a sign for an alpine slide, and checked the pricing for one ride— 5 CHF, what a steal! We jumped into line and got out the 360 camera. Check out our viedo of the ride here! It was a simple fun ride while we enjoyed the view of the mountains. One note is that it is closed during any type of wet weather.
After we finished our alpine slide, we rode the gondola down with our round trip (return) ticket and returned to our car. We jumped in the car and headed towards the Aare Gorge, just outside Interlaken.