Lake Oeschine is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and is 1.6km long, 1km wide and is arguably one of the most beautiful mountain lakes to SUP in Switzerland and one of its best kept secrets! It is typically frozen for five months from December to May, so it’s an ideal place to paddle board in the warmer summer months.
Situated high in the mountains and accessible only by cable car or hiking, the lake is secluded and allows some much-needed peace from day-to-day life. You can truly lose yourself in the nature and take your time to explore this beautiful corner of Switzerland.
The Oeschinen Lake is nestled in the dramatic mountain scenery of the surrounding peaks of Blüemlisalp, Oeschinenhorn, Fründenhorn and Doldenhorn. It is a perfect location to take an inflatable paddle board and pump it up at the water’s edge.
Once on the water, head away from the crowds towards the waterfalls cascading over the mountain edge. From here you can seek out hidden caves and take your time to soak up the simply stunning scenery around you.
Keep your eyes peeled for fish swimming below and if you love your outdoor swimming then this is the perfect place to hop in for a refreshing dip – the water here can warm up to 20 Celsius during the summer months.
- .Follow signs to Kandersteg onto the lower station of the Oeschinensee cable car. Here board the cable car with your SUP in tow. (Note, sports equipment will only be transported during the first and last hour of the working day.)
- .It's approximately a 25 minute walk to the lake. This is suitable for children, strollers and most importantly inflatable paddle boards in their wheeled bags!
- .Soak up the lakes beauty and inflate your board on the waters edge - Paddle out in search of waterfalls.
The lake is only accessible by cable car so it is not advisable to drive your vehicle.
There are plenty of easy places to launch.
If you tackle the panoramic hike there are little huts situated along mountainside for drinks and refreshments.
Down at the Lakeside there are restaraunts and cafes available. The best advice would be to avoid the crowds and bring a picnic. Pack-up your cool bag with some tasty treats and after your SUP find a good spot up the mountain overlooking the picturesque lake and snowy mountain tops.
EAT DRINK SUP:
Stay up the mountain and after a day of SUP enjoy the lake all to yourself after the rest of the tourists leave.
Camping – the central location of the camp site is perfect if you want to the to explore the area it’s located close Lake Thun, Lake Oeschine and Blausee – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Things to know
- The lake freezes during the winter months and is only accessible from May 10th for the summer season