Rowing on the OESCHINENSEE

Come to rest, feel nature.

Welcome to Oeschinensee. Here guests can experience magical moments on the impressive mountain lake, with a perfect view of the Blüemlisalp massif. The Oeschinensee area offers you everything you need for a magical stay, your nature experience is guaranteed! 

The mountain restaurant with its sun terrace provides culinary delights - stop in and enjoy regional products.

Status boat rental on Oeschinensee

Boat rental: open - 10.30-17.00, in bad weather on request
Boat rental
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Key Facts

  • The reservation of rowing boats is not possible.
  • In case of dense fog and foehn storm the boat rental will be closed.
  • If fog, foehn storm or a thunderstorm comes up, the boats must return immediately (pay attention to the fog horn).
  • Due to the risk of falling rocks, rowers are required to keep a distance of 100 meters from the rock faces.
  • The shore zone (up to 300 meters) may not be left without life jackets and lifebuoys.
  • Boat rental is at your own risk and responsibility.
  • Further information: Arva - Berghaus am Oeschinensee Tel. +41 33 675 11 66

Prices & opening hours: 

  • Half hour: CHF 20, 1 hour: CHF 32,
    CHF 10 for each additional quarter of an hour or part thereof
  • Opening hours: 10.30-17.00, in bad weather on request

Come to rest, feel nature.


What you should know 

How do I travel by public transport?

From Spiez and Brig you can reach Kandersteg by train (BLS). From Adelboden and Frutigen there is a bus (AFA) to Kandersteg. The walk from the train station takes about 10 minutes. There is a local bus service from the station to the valley station.

What means of payment can I use?

You can pay at the ticket machines and at the ticket office with all major credit and debit cards, except American Express. Cash and REKA are also accepted. Payment with TWINT and REKA is only possible at the ticket counter.

Do children travel free of charge on Cable car?

Yes, children under the age of 6 travel free of charge on Cable car. The Junior Card is valid, please show it at the turnstile.

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.

What outdoor guidelines apply to the "Spitze Stei" exclusion zone?

A large part of the south-eastern bank at Oeschinensee has been declared a restricted area by the canton of Bern due to rockfalls. It is absolutely forbidden to enter here! There is a danger to life! Please also make people who want to enter the area aware of this and/or call the ranger on 079 481 01 12. More information at: www.gemeindekandersteg.ch/spitze-stei

Which outdoor guidelines apply to watercraft and sports equipment on Oeschinensee?

Please note that Cable car Kandersteg-Oeschinensee does not transport summer sports equipment (SUPs, folding boats, foil boards, etc.). You can hire rowing boats on the lake. The noise of motorized vehicles on the lake and on land disturbs wildlife. These vehicles are therefore prohibited. You must carry your own muscle-powered vehicles (SUPs, folding boats, foil boards, etc.) up the mountain on foot. Always observe the rules of conduct on the waters of the Bern cantonal police.

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.

What outdoor guidelines apply to drone flying?

Flying drones and model aircraft is prohibited in the Oeschinensee area. There is a judicial ban, which takes precedence over the national (FOCA) and cantonal area flight zones. In this way, we protect nature and wildlife and do not disturb other guests. As a drone pilot, you are obliged to inform yourself about the applicable area restrictions before every drone flight. Some drone manufacturers have created their own geofencings. The areas shown there are specified solely by the manufacturer and do not necessarily have to comply with the legally prescribed restrictions at Oeschinensee .

What are the outdoor guidelines for camping and bivouacking?

Wild camping and overnight stays in the great outdoors are prohibited. Camping, bivouacking and spending the night in hammocks or similar is prohibited by law. Wild animals must not be disturbed at night. There is a campsite at the valley station in Kandersteg. Unauthorized vehicles have no access to Oeschinensee. The night-time quiet rule applies (from 10.00 pm).

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.