Oeschinensee

Welcome to the UNESCO region of Oeschinensee!

The summer in Oeschinensee offers you variety. The toboggan run and the rowboats help families get their money’s worth. Various hiking and walking paths of all levels of difficulty offer something for everyone. You can experience warm, sunny days and cool, restful nights here at 1600 m. Spending the night in the fresh mountain air is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Opening hours

Cable car
7 May – 17 June: 9:00 to 17:00
18 June – 11 September: 8:00 to 18:00
12 September – 23 October: 9:00 to 17:00

Mountain coaster
7 May – 17 June: 9:30 to 16:30
18 June – 11 September: 9:30 to 17:15
12 September – 23 October: 9:30 to 16:30

Fun with toboggans

Right next to the top station of the cable cars. The mountain coaster run is a circular course which must be accessed by cable car.

Arrival

Kandersteg is reachable by car or by train. There is a large parking area for those taking the cable car. More information.

Sleeping

The special experience: Sleep in fresh mountain air directly next to the Oeschinensee with a view of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You cannot get there by car.

Boat rental

Rowboats on the Oeschinensee — not to be missed for more than 100 years.

Stress-free Picnic

We’ll pack a picnic lunch for you — just order in advance and pick it up. No stress and nothing to drag around... also available as a gift certificate. Do you want more?

Electromobile

Seniors and those who are tired out can enjoy the environmentally friendly Electromobile. It operates daily, travelling from the top station to the Oeschinensee. More information

Lunch on the Oeschinensee

Fresh, homemade delicacies wait to be eaten! We also offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten- and lactose-free dishes. Bon appétit!

 

Hiking

Relaxing walking trails and beautiful hiking routes on the Oeschinensee.

Kandersteg

The beautiful, authentic mountain village of Kandersteg offers a lot. www.kandersteg.ch

Webcam Oeschinensee

Webcam Oeschinensee

Webcam Mountain coaster

Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain coaster

Tickets

Buy your tickets on site. Reservations are not possible.

 1 trip5 trips
10 trips
AdultsCHF 4CHF 18CHF 30
Children (6–16 years)CHF 3CHF 12CHF 22

7 May – 17 June
9:30 to 16:30


18 June – 11 September
9:30 to 17:15


12 September – 23 October
9:30 to 16:30

From November until the beginning of May, the toboggan run is closed because of snow.

How to get here

Location
The toboggan run is found at the top station of the Oeschinensee cable cars. To get here, take the cable railway (around 8 minutes) from Kandersteg to Oeschinen. Alternatively, the toboggan run can be accessed using the hiking trail. The hike will last 1.5 hours.

From the airport by train
From the Zurich airport going towards Bern, change trains in the direction of Kandersteg.
From the Geneva airport going towards Brig, change trains in the direction of Kandersteg.

From the Kandersteg train station by foot, follow the signs to the Oeschinensee.

By car
Directions from Bern, Spiez, Kandersteg. Exit Kandersteg, then follow the signs to the lower station of the Oeschinensee cable car. The entrance road to the Oeschinensee is closed to cars.

Train schedule
www.sbb.ch/fahrplan

GPS
Latitude: 46.497548 | longitude: 7.682728

Contact
Gondelbahn Kandersteg Oeschinensee AG
Oeschistrasse 50
3718 Kandersteg
Tel. +41 33 675 11 18
gondelbahn@oeschinensee.ch

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Oeschinensee Cable car

The eight-person cable car from Kandersteg toward Oeschinensee brings all our guests. Strollers and wheelchairs can be loaded into it easily. Older guests will especially appreciate entering and exiting the car, since its floor is level with that of the landing. The cable cars run continuously and the wait time is short.

 

 

Timetable for summer 2016

7 May – 17 June
from 9:00 to 16:50* / 17:00**


18 June – 11 September
from 8:00 to 17:50* / 18:00**


12 September – 23 October
from 9:00 to 16:50* / 17:00**

Prices

Adults  One- wayCHF 18
Adults  BackCHF 26
Children (6–16 years) /
Half-fare travelcard /
GA travelcard
One- wayCHF 9
Children (6–16 years) /
Half-fare travelcard /
GA travelcard
  BackCHF 13

Buy your tickets on site. Reservations are not possible.

Hiking

From cosy to challenging: the Oeschinensee region has something for everyone.

1. Up with the cable car, down by foot

Mountain railway with the cable car to Oeschinen. At the top station, there’s a mountain coaster. In 25 minutes you can walk to the Oeschinensee in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, you can hike back to the lower station of the cable car in 1 hour. Duration: 2.5 hours

2. Cable car & walk to the Oeschinensee

Two different walking paths / circular trails lead from the cable car’s upper station to the Oeschinensee. The circular trails are ideal for older guests, families with small children (prams), and gourmets. Many restaurants are located on the path.
This hike is suitable for children and strollers. Every day, the UNESCO Electromobile makes trips every half-hour beginning at 12 noon. This service is offered for guests who only want to make a one-way trip on foot. Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

3. Circular hike Heuberg

This panoramic hike is considered the most beautiful on the Oeschinensee. The view from the lookout point is breathtaking. From up here, all of the Oeschinensee can be seen, in all its majesty. And the flowers in spring and summer are magnificent. On the way, you’ll find various restaurants and Alpine huts where you can get a bite to eat. A cool dip in the Oeschinensee will round out this hike. For this hike, appropriate hiking shoes (and experience!) are recommended. Duration: 3 hours

Romantic boat trip

Forget your troubles on the lake

Time seems to stand still on a romantic boat trip on the Oeschinensee — just as it did 120 years ago. Climb aboard and let yourself go! You can rent a boat directly at the lake. And tickets are sold on site.

Rowboat rental

1 hour

CHF 24

½ hour

CHF 14

Spending the night in the mountain air

Sleep peacefully in one of the rustically renovated rooms.

Our family, the Wandfluhs, built the mountain hotel on the Oeschinensee in 1892. It offers around 20 beds and 20 spots in rooms with multiple beds. The renovated rooms are captivating, with their 130-year-old charm and a love for detail. Relax with us, and leave your cell phone, laptop (and stress) in the world below. We have no WiFi, and poor cell-phone reception.

Unique Hotel

We have been classified as a “Unique Hotel” by Hotelleriesuisse since 2016.

Double room with double beds

Nordic duvets
CHF 160 to 200 per room / night

Budget room with two single beds

Nordic duvets
CHF 140 to 170 per room / night

Single room with one single bed

Nordic duvets         
CHF 80 to 105 per room / night

Multi-bed room for eight people

Nordic duvets              
CHF 400 to 520 per room / night

Multi-bed room for twelve people / camp

Woollen blankets and sleeping bags, toilet / shower in the same room
CHF 500 to 700 (flat-rate) per room / night

Prices

Prices are per room and night, including breakfast, unless specifically stated. The prices are net prices (including sales tax and tourist fees). The prices do not include evening meals unless special arrangements have been made.

Quiet hours

Many of our guests value peace and quiet in the evening and during the night. So we ask you to show mutual respect. We don’t want music and commotion in our house until the morning hours.

Arrival and departure

Our rooms are normally ready for guests starting at 11:30. If you will be arriving earlier, or if your room should not be ready yet, you can obviously store your luggage. On the day of your departure, we ask that you vacate your room before 9:30. Your are free to store your luggage in the meantime.

Cancellations

Cancellations made 5 days or more before arrival incur no charge; for cancellations made up to 4 days before the date of arrival, we invoice 50% of the settled price. For cancellations made within 24 hours of arrival, and for no-shows, the cancellation fee will amount to 100%. If we are able to resell the room, no cancellation costs will be incurred. Longer cancellation periods will apply to large groups.

Luggage

You are free to let the Electromobile transport your luggage. If you would like to take advantage of this service, we ask that you give us a brief message to that effect. This service is free to guests at the Berghotel Oeschinensee.

Inclement weather

The Oeschinensee can also be wonderful in the rain. Naturally, the radius of movement will be smaller during inclement weather than with sunshine, but you can still take walks and go on hikes if you have a good raincoat. You can warm yourself by the fireplaces in the lounge and restaurant. The lounge contains board games, books and a TV. Toys for children are also available.

Food & Drink

Entertaining guests is our passion. We love hearing that our guests are satisfied. We pride ourselves on personal and friendly service. We enjoy working and having fun with our team of many years, and hope our guests can sense this.

Business hours

Season until October 23, 2016
High season: 8:00 a.m. to 18:00
Low season: 9:00 a.m. to 17:00

Menu

Homemade food tastes great!

We use regional ingredients whenever possible. Our lamb comes from our own organic farm, and we use Swiss meat for our pork and veal dishes. Most of our vegetables come from the Bernese Oberland and Seeland. We really value sustainability and ecology. We bake fresh bread, strudel, fruit tarts and much more every day. For our bread, we use white spelt flour and our 10-grain house mixture. The fruit and chocolate tarts are also made of spelt flour. You can be sure that we make everything ourselves if possible.

Pit stop

Our restaurant is located directly on the hiking trail of the Via Alpina 1 (Alpine Trail 1) and the Bärentreck (Bear Trail). Only a few meters away from the Oeschinensee, our panoramic terrace offers a terrific view into the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Would you like a cold plate with bacon, cheese and homemade bread, along with a glass of Cuvée Oeschinensee...?

Organic farming

In addition to our main occupation of serving and entertaining guests, we work in our organic farm (certified by Bio-Knospe) and in the forest. There are around 40 ewes on our farmyard. Balancing the demands of our hotel and farming work is a challenge, but we really enjoy it.

We sell the wool from our sheep directly by the Oeschinensee. As supplies allow, we offer various organic lamb dishes. We only use lamb meat from our farm.

Stress-free Picnic

An outdoor picnic—what could be better? We do all the work, and will prepare a full picnic basket for you filled with regional specialities. Simply place your order, pick it up, and go!

Cosy by the fire

Take a seat in an area with a view and enjoy the pleasant warmth our fireplaces provide. The wood we use to produce this heat comes exclusively from the Oeschinen Alps. Fireplaces of this type are in all the guest rooms.

For those with allergies

You can find a great number of meatless (vegetarian) dishes on our menu. As well as some which are gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan. We gladly welcome guests with allergies. We will accommodate your wishes if we can.

Localities

We can accommodate more than 150 people in our guest rooms, and the large terrace seats around 350.
We would be glad to pamper you and your guests on the Oeschinensee during your next club outing, class reunion or birthday party. Since we have a very productive kitchen, groups of up to 50 people can dine à la carte. But please be sure to let us know. For larger groups, we have group menus available which we will be happy to deliver if needed. Please contact us and let us help you.

For the sweet tooth...

Every day we bake fruit tarts with homemade pure spelt dough, chocolate tart with pure spelt, or apple strudel. These are accompanied by our homemade vanilla ice cream and authentic “Niidle” (whipped mountain cream). In the summertime you’ll find a selection of soft ice cream coupes and homemade glacé in different aromas... mmmh.

Our Oeschi Team—Our Family

Working is like making music. You have to find the right notes for everything to play a harmonic melody, measure your forces and use them at the right time, always use the proper tone and don’t get behind... We’re very proud of our super team and enjoy working together every day. Most of the employees on our team have worked for us for years—over ten on average. We thank these employees sincerely—we couldn’t do it without them!

Gift certificates

Give some happiness—we offer various gift certificates to the Berghotel and to the cable cars and toboggan run. Whether for an overnight stay, a fine meal or a picnic basket... just order it online and print it at home. More information.

Shop

Small but classy—this is our shop in the Hotel Restaurant Oeschinensee. Besides drinks and snacks, here we sell our sheep’s wool, homemade smoked and dry sausage, Alpine cheese and a large assortment of souvenirs. Have a look inside and take a small present home with you!

Electromobile

Climb aboard, and have fun riding from the upper station of the cable car to the Oeschinensee and back. The environmentally friendly UNESCO Electromobile takes daily trips on the half-hour.

Prices

Adults CHF 8.00 per trip
Children up to 12 CHF 5.00 per trip

Capacity per trip: 12 people

Timetable

11:30 a.m. (leave from Oeschinensee)
12:00 noon (leave from the upper station of the cable car)
until 4:30 p.m., during the high season until 5:30 p.m.

Contact

Gondelbahn Kandersteg Oeschinensee AG
3718 Kandersteg
Tel. +41 33 675 11 18
gondelbahn@oeschinensee.ch