UNESCO Region of Oeschinensee Switzerland: Hiking and Mountain Coaster

If you are planning a trip to Switzerland and you don’t really know what to do for a day, I have a great tip for you: Oeschinensee. It is an Unesco lake region near Kandersteg where you can spend a whole day hiking, walking, picnicking, cow watching and enjoying the view.

I went early August with my family, and our dog Djuli, on a short caravan trip and we stayed 4 days in Switzerland. I saw on youtube a mountain coaster video from this place and I had to visit!

How to get there

You will have to get to Kandersteg first. You can either drive or take the train there.

This is a very lovely, typical Swiss town. There you will find signs to drive to the parking lot at the foot of the Oeschinensee area. After a short drive, you will have to park the car here as the are is not accessible for cars.

The best way to get to the cable car station is with this GPS Address: Oeschistrasse 50, 3718 Kandersteg 

 

Gondelbahn ~ Cable car

So now you can take the cable car. You have to pay attention of the opening hours. Especially if you don’t want to stay up there. I listed it here below for you:

13 May – 16 June: 9:00 to 17:00
17 June – 10 September: 8:00 to 18:00
11 September – 22 October: 9:00 to 17:00

The cable car isn’t free, so keep that in mind. In fact it isn’t even that cheap, like most things in Switzerland. The best is to check the rates at the moment on their site.

As you can also hike all the way from the parking lot up to the cable car, you can choose to have it one way or return. We paid for a return ticket per adult 26 Swiss franc, which is about 22 euros.

Hiking trails

The region has several walking and hiking paths. Of course the better time to do them will be Spring or Summer. Here under is a map they provide of the hikes around the Oeschinensee.

We first took the cable car and then followed number 2 all the way down the lake and took the number 1 back to the cable car. The easiest one is the number 1, they also provide a little bus shuttle on this road for elderly or whoever is tired.

If you love to hike and have the time, you can take the big route in the forest/mountains number 7.

 

Our walk in pictures

I just want to show you guys some pictures we took along the way and how AMAZING the view is over there. As usual the pictures on my blog aren’t edited! I prefer it this way, showing you how it really is. Best view is clicking and enlarging in full size!

We also encountered many cows! Swiss cows are so cool, you can hear them from afar with the huge bells around their necks. Just be careful not to get too close, some may be a bit offensive.

P.s. : meet my family. My mother Mara, my little brother Anton, my stepdad Piet, my boyfriend Sung and our dog Djuli!

 

Arrived at the Oeschinensee

The last hike down on number 2 was  a bit tricky and steep, so be careful. But when we arrived there, the lake felt so unreal. A perfect place to relax for a while.

So there are some restaurants there if you would like to eat and boat/kayak rentals if you want to get on the lake. They also have winter activities and accommodations options. if you are interested you can always check their site here.

 

Rodelbahn ~ Mountain Coaster

 

TUM TUMMM… the thing that got me to visit the Oeschinensee in the first place: the mountain coaster! I have made a video of the ride. so do check it out below!

It is located just next to the cable car station on top. And it is open on:
13 may – 16 june
09.30 till 16.30
17 june – 10 september
09.30 till 17.15
11 september – 22 october
09.30 till 16.30

Tickets for adults costs CHF 5 for one ride, CHF 20 for 5 rides, CHF 35 for 10 rides. Children till 15 pays a bit less.

The ride, that kind of looks like a bob sledge, is about 5 minutes in a little cart. You can control the speed with the handle. If you push it forward you go faster and if you push it back it breaks a bit. It is no rocket science, which makes it so simple and fun. And to do it in this beautiful mountain view spot is just too cool to not try it.

It isn’t scary, and everyone should do it in my opinion!

 

 

Final thoughts and tips

I have to say… I never seen such a pretty lake and region in my life as Oeschinensee. Switzerland really amazed me. The only downside is that everything is so expensive.

So the best tip I can give you is: Bring enough water/drinks/snacks and food for on the way  as the restaurants offer pricey dishes and drinks. You can always grab an ice cream if you really want to, but I wouldn’t waste money eating there.  You will enjoy this gorgeous view better anyway having a picnic with your hiking mates.

Also: wear comfy shoes! and a hat/cap/sunglasses. It can get really sunny there, so depending on the temperature that day, don’t forget sunscreen.

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16 Comments

  1. September 23, 2017 / 09:40

    I love places like this! They’re so busy in the winter and then during the summer you get to have them almost to yourself! The Swiss Alps are so beautiful – definitely taking a note of this for future trips!
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    • jessikat
      September 23, 2017 / 09:45

      Yes! It wasn’t as busy as I would think, which is much nicer… and I can’t skii anyway so I prefer summer hikes

  2. September 23, 2017 / 09:53

    Wow, the mountaincoaster sounds so cool! Did Djuli try it?
    The cable car though I´m really afraid of! =/

    • jessikat
      September 23, 2017 / 09:57

      HAHAH I wanted to take her! She would love it, but dogs aren’t allowed on them

  3. September 23, 2017 / 09:56

    All that fresh air and sunshine – what a lovely area to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  4. September 23, 2017 / 10:59

    Pinned this to my bucket list board on pinterest because I’m yet to see Switzerland. I think this post is so useful for someone visiting oeschinensee, the fact that you have even included the GPS coordinates. Great tips for a day trip especially letting people know to bring snacks. As a budget traveller I’m always looking for tips like this. P.S love the little dog. Is it a jack russell? I have a little Jack Russell named Arnie. Thanks for sharing your experience and great photos.

    • jessikat
      September 23, 2017 / 11:17

      Thank you so much! Well it is a boerenfox, how we call in dutch.. it has jack russel mix in her. She just have longer legs hahah. I rather not waste money either on things that you can enjoy on the cheap as well haha.

    • jessikat
      September 23, 2017 / 12:09

      The cows are an extra charm to the region haha ! Thank you so much

  5. September 23, 2017 / 13:22

    This place looks stunning! I too have seen so many videos of this ride. Switzerland is absolutely beautiful. But when I go there, I plan to go for the ziplining in Grindelwald too.

    • jessikat
      September 23, 2017 / 17:33

      That looks so cool to! I will be back to try it, right now I didnt have enough time

  6. September 23, 2017 / 21:13

    Love the picture of your flying dog! That mountain coaster looks like a lot of fun, think I’d enjoy that. Looks like a beautiful area although must admit Switzerland hasn’t been high on my bucket list because it’s so famous for being expensive… :/

    • jessikat
      September 23, 2017 / 21:22

      Yeah..same here.. we only stayed 4 days there! And we went with caravan and stayed in campings.. still paid alot for food and stuff :/ I will return if I have more money hahahaha

  7. September 23, 2017 / 21:50

    What a beautiful scenery! I’ve seen just a bit of Switzerland a few years ago and I keep thinking of going back and discovering more! This looks like a good place to start 😀

  8. September 24, 2017 / 02:26

    It looks amazing!! I’ve always wanted to visit Switzerland but never got a chance to. Although I heard it’s really expensive :/ but you look like you had a great time and would love to visit one day!

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