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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 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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  • The view is absolutely beautiful with the turquoise water. I would highly recommend hiring a rowing boat to explore the lake further. There is also a nearby restaurant and a place that sells amazing.....  more »
  • Check the weather first. The restaurant was very good, and reasonably priced , There is a shuttle bus for those with limited mobility 8chf but money well spent check the weather before you go. In...  more »
  • Easily accessible for families with small children. The lake can be reached after a 30min walk or in 5min via a small electric bus (8CHF each way). The views are breathtaking and there is a nice...  more »
  • 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.
  • Wonderful Magical lake. Peaceful, go for Walk bring a picnic. Take in all the fresh air and the mountains around you!
  • Beautiful alpine lake and waterfalls. Good swimming, stunning scenery and you can hire a row-boat to cross the lake.
  • Wow beautiful scenery and nice blue lake with clean water you can swim in and there is also boating and amazing waterfalls

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