Oeschinen Lake, Kandersteg

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Oeschinen Lake is a lake in Bernese Oberland the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 4km east of Kandersteg in the Oeschinen valley. At an elevation of 1578m, it has a surface area of 1.1147km2. Its maximum depth is 56m.The lake is fed through a series of mountain creeks and drains underground. The water then re-surfaces as the Oeschibach. Part of it is captured for electricity production and as water supply for Kandersteg.In observations from 1931 to 1965, the elevation of the lake surface varied between 1566.09m and 1581.9m. The average seasonal variation was 12.2m .The lake is generally frozen during five months, from December to May. From time to time ice skating is possible on ice.Fish in the lake include Arctic char, lake trout, rainbow trout . From January to March, ice fishing is popular.A gondola lift from Kandersteg leads to Oeschinen, 25 minutes by foot from the lake.Since 2007 the lake is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site.<gallery class="center"> Image:Oeschinensee 01.jpg Image:Blausee 02.jpg Image:Blausee 03.jpg File:Berghaus am oeschinensee.jpg
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  • Beautiful lake in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy a refreshing (well, cold) dip in this lake with a beautiful view of the mountains around you. Beware the cows and goats - they are not shy, and I saw a cow...  more »
  • Unique setting, mountain lake surrounded by steep cliffs and high mountains in the heart of the Alps. Walking trails a bit rough, steep in places. Starting point for hike to Griesalp via Hohtuerli...  more »
  • Super beautiful lake. One of my most favourite places in Swiss.
  • Amazing place. We walk for about 5 kilometers from Kendersteg to the lake. It’s a difficult and memorable experience but we came back using the cable car.
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