#Unique

Ice Walk

Recharge your batteries, feel nature.

Welcome to the unique winter hike on the Oeschinensee. Exceptional because the Oeschinensee rarely freezes over and is only accessible when it gets freezing cold and snow covers the ice. A natural spectacle with rarity value! Enjoyment guaranteed, including culinary delights. The sun terrace of the mountain restaurant is an oasis of relaxation - and warming up is guaranteed.

Operating status

Enter Oeschinensee: Danger level 3 - No trespassing

 

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Key Facts

If the ice is thick enough (30-50 cm) and there is sufficient snow covering the ice, an "Ice Walk" is prepared on the lake. This is open to all pedestrians. Good, warm winter walking boots are mandatory.

During the "Ice Walk", it is important to observe the clearance of the frozen lake and the avalanche bulletin, see the current operating status on our website, info screens and information boards in the area.

It's worth dressing warmly. The temperatures drop noticeably as soon as you enter the lake basin.

You will definitely remember the magical peace and space that you were able to experience at Oeschinensee .

Current information AND status

Cable car Kandersteg - Oeschinen

Cable car Kandersteg-Oeschinensee closed due to revision - start of summer season: 09.05.2024. The Oeschinensee is only accessible on foot.

Ski lifts
Bire ski lift closed - end of season 17.03.2024
Wittenen ski lift closed - end of season 17.03.2024

Free skiing for children and beginners
Oeschiland children's skiing closed - end of season 17.03.2024

sledge run closed in Oeschiland - end of season 17.03.2024

Schatthaus T-bar lift - Oeschiland Park - closed - end of season 17.03.2024

Slopes

Piste 1 valley descent (red) - closed, the road is closed, no hiking trail, please use the official hiking trail.
Piste 2 Bire (blue) closed - end of season 17.03.2024
Piste Wittenen 3 (red) closed - end of season 17.03.2024
Piste 4 mountain station-Bire (blue) closed - end of season 17.03.2024

Piste Läger 5 (blue) - closed

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country ski slope Oeschinensee - The cross-country ski slope is closed - end of season 17.03.2024


Simply sledge run to Oeschinensee

sledge run 6 Mountain station closed at Oeschinensee - end of season 17.03.2024

Oeschinensee
Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain station / Oeschiland
Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain station / mountain coaster
Webcam Oeschinensee

Mountain station - Oeschinensee: 80 vertical meters

Mountain station -Oeschinensee, winter hiking trail 7 direct - closed
Mountain station - Oeschinensee Winter hiking trail 8 via Läger - closed
Trail 9, along the lake - winter hiking trail along Oeschinensee (Restaurant - Chüematti) open

Ice Walk - closed

Kandersteg - Oeschinensee: 500 vertical meters

Hike Kandersteg to Oeschinensee - hiking trail to Oeschinensee open, no baby carriages

Restaurant Oeschinensee - closed - start of the summer season 09.05.2024

Restaurant Bergstübli (mountain station) - closed - start of the summer season 09.05.2024

Cafebar at Oeschinensee - open daily

General information: The summer season starts on 09.05.2024. Oeschinensee is accessible on foot. There may still be snow in places and at higher altitudes.


Hiking tip: The Oeschinensee can only be reached on foot 60-90 min. Good footwear required / no baby carriages.


Info restaurants: Cafébar at Oeschinensee open

SOS: Piste rescue service 0041 79 481 01 12
SOS off-piste: 1414

 

Guest service : daily from 08:30-17h for you under 0041 33 675 11 18 Cable car@oeschinensee.ch and accessible.

Lockers and ski storage

Lockers at the valley station - open from 08:00 to 18:00
Mountain station lockers - in operation
Lockers Large, medium and small lockers are available at the valley and mountain stations. Ski depots are located at the valley and mountain stations. Ski equipment can be put on in the heated changing room (valley station). Payment by card, cash or cell phone possible.
Subscriptions can be purchased at the cash desk (7 days, 14 days, season)Lockers price list:
Ski stand
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 2.00
Locker M
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 5.00
Locker S
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 2.00
Locker L
15 min / free of charge
24h / Fr. 8.00


Picnic area

Picnic room mountain station 1st floor

At the mountain station on the 1st floor (take the path around the house). Open 10-15h. Cannot be reserved, capacity max. 40 people.

Ice fishing info: The lake may no longer be entered, ice fishing is no longer possible this season.

Ice Walk - closed




Enter Oeschinensee: Danger level 3 - No trespassing

Recharge your batteries, feel nature.

FAQ

What you should know 

Can I buy my day ticket online?

Day tickets are easy to purchase via our webshop. Load the day pass onto a key card or your SwissPass. Alternatively, day tickets can also be purchased easily and conveniently at our ticket machines or at the ticket office in front of the valley station and at the ticket counter at the valley station.

Is it possible to enter Oeschinensee in winter?

If the ice is thick enough and there is sufficient snow, an "Ice Walk" is prepared on the lake. This is open to all pedestrians. Good, warm winter walking boots are required. During the "Ice Walk", it is important to observe the clearance of the frozen lake and the avalanche bulletin, see current operating status website, info screens and information boards.

General opening hours in winter?

Winter season: 22.12.2023 to 17.03.2024, 09.00 to 17.00 (last ascent: 16.50).

Where can I find toilets in the Oeschinensee area?

The public toilets are located at the mountain and valley stations and at the Berghotel am See. There are more toilets in the Oeschinensee area (see map). Going to the toilet in nature should be avoided. However, if you do need to use the "natural toilet", please do not leave any paper, tissues or wet wipes behind.

Can I hire sledges somewhere?

Yes, sledges can be hired at the mountain station Oeschinensee in Kandersteg. Wooden sledges for CHF 20.00.

Is it possible to snowshoe in the Oeschinensee area?

Yes, a snowshoe trail leads from the valley station to Oeschinensee. Duration of the hike: approx. 1.5 hours. Depending on the weather conditions, the snowshoe trail is only suitable for experienced snowshoers. You can also snowshoe from the mountain station on the official winter hiking trails. Good, warm winter hiking boots are required. Please note the operating times of Cable car !

Is it possible to go winter hiking in the Oeschinensee area?

Yes, you can take a beautiful winter hike from the mountain station to Oeschinensee . We recommend the route via Läger to the viewpoint and then the direct route from the lake back to the mountain station. When open, the Ice Walk on the lake also offers a beautiful winter hike. Good, warm winter hiking boots are required. Please note the operating times of Cable car !

What outdoor guidelines must be observed in wildlife rest areas and protected areas?

Do not enter wildlife rest areas, plant protection areas and restricted zones. Signposts mark the protected areas where special rules apply. Never leave the marked paths and tracks and always follow the signs. Plants may not be dug up, picked or trampled. Let the plants bloom for other guests too!

What outdoor guidelines apply to waste collection and separation?

Dispose of waste in the official waste separation stations. Waste separation stations are located at the mountain and valley stations, at the mountain hotel by the lake, at the restaurants and along the main hiking trails. Respect nature and take everything - even the smallest bits and pieces, tissues, leftover food and cigarette butts - back down to the valley or separate the waste and dispose of it in the waste separation stations provided.

Which outdoor guidelines should be observed when providing first aid?

Everyone is obliged to provide first aid. In an emergency, call the rescue service immediately on 1414 and inform the ranger or patrolman (ski season) on 079 481 01 12. The SOS rooms and 2 defibrillators (at the toilets of the valley station and at the exit of the mountain station) are marked on the map of Lake Oeschinen.

We provide unique and unforgettable moments in the imposing mountain world in front of the Blüemlisalp massif.