Ice fishing with a cool breeze

Be inspired on the seemingly eternal ice on Lake Oeschinen to catch a new glimpse of the region.

Roam the three-thousand-metre peaks while ice fishing with a special angle and let the frozen lake inspire you to create something new and give your soul space to dangle during the quiet time of waiting and before the fish rush to the surface.

A little insight for those interested:
Fish from the ice hole - it doesn't get fresher than this
By Nico Morawitz, Olivia Sasse and Christian Thumshirn



Opening hours 9.00-17.00

Danger level lake access: closed

Pay attention to the signs at the valley station, the mountain station and the Oeschinensee restaurant! They indicate the corresponding avalanche situation.

Infoline 033 552 18 04

Entering Lake Oeschinen

Lake Oeschinen is a cantonal water body. Entering the lake at any time is at your own risk. An individual assessment of the situation must be made before entering the ice. Please note the thickness of the ice as well as the avalanche bulletin. A recommendation about the avalanche situation is given by avalanche and ice specialists of the municipality of Kandersteg.

Ice thickness and times

Ice fishing is possible from 1 January until mid-March. The average ice thickness is 30 to 50 cm. At 5 p.m. is the last descent and slope check. All ice fishermen must then go down to the valley.

Fishing articles and ice drills

No equipment such as drills or rods are rented or sold at Lake Oeschinen - please bring all the necessary utensils with you. Drills and rods can be rented in Kandersteg:

Bernhard Lauber, Innere Dorfstrasse 88, 3718 Kandersteg
Tel.: +41 79 282 14 67 (evenings 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.)

Reservation mandatory!


Sale of day passes at the Alphüsi Food Truck at the Berghotel Oeschinensee or at the Tourist Center Kandersteg.

  • Adults: CHF 32.00
  • Youths up to 16 years: CHF 20.00
  • Trainees 17 to 25 years: 26.00
  • Two fishing rods are allowed per person.

Further information on fishing ponds can be found here.


Fishing is subject to the Bernese-Cantonal Fisheries Act.
Further information: Website

Hiking trails

Please keep a minimum distance of 50 metres from the hiking trail. Water can get onto the ice through the drilled holes, this makes it difficult to machine the winter hiking trails on Lake Oeschinen. Thank you!