A few years ago I saw a picture of Blausee (Blue Lake in German) and put it in my bucket list because I found the colour unusual and I needed to see that place.
Well, as I mentioned in my previous post, we went on a trip to Switzerland this summer (2019), and of course, this lake could not be out of our itinerary.
Blausee is one of the most popular lakes in the country and is located in a 20-hectare natural park, between the towns of Frutigen and Kandersteg in the Kander Valley, region of the Bern Canton.
Besides the lake, the park has hiking trails, picnic areas and a playground for children. The play area is on the right side of the lake, and behind it, there is the Kander River.
At the park, there is also a hotel and spa, a restaurant, an organic trout hatchery and a souvenir shop.
Legend has it that a young woman used to come to the lake with her boyfriend, but after he died very suddenly, she was unable to cope with the loss, continuing to go there and after a while was found dead in the lake. They say the lake has this colour because of her tears…
To honour this girl, Raphael Fuchs carved a statue and placed it in the lake near the bridge on the left side.
The lake is quite small, and it takes you about 30 minutes to walk around it (picture below). Maybe a little longer because of the hundreds of photos that you will want to take it. I think in total, in one hour you can see everything.
Now, I’ll say something that may be a little controversial!
If you are in this area, with limited time and ought to choose between Lake Blausee or Oeschinensee, have no doubt, go to the second.
Why? Well, in my opinion, although Blausee is very beautiful, Oeschinensee is gorgeous. There is no comparison!
Yes, Blausee is more “photogenic” so to speak, but Oeschinensee takes your breath away.
Also, Blausee is geared towards tourism, with surrounding sidewalks and a whole infrastructure for visitors. As the Oeschinensee is more “rustic”, more natural, I don’t know…
But bear in mind that to visit Oeschinensee, you will need at least 3-4 hours. Here I’ve written all the info you need to make the most of your visit there.
Although neither will disappoint you. After all, we are talking about Switzerland, right?
The park is open all year round, from 9am to 9pm.
Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, adults pay CHF 8 and children (6 to 15 years) pay CHF 4.
After 17h to 21h – Adults pay CHF 5 and Children – CHF 2.
On Saturdays and Sundays, between 9am and 5pm, the value for Adults is CHF 10 and children (6 to 15 years) – CHF 5.
And after 5 pm until 9 pm, adults pay CHF 6 and children CFH 2.50.
Children under 5 are free any time or day.
Admission includes a visit to the nature park, a glass-bottom boat trip (until 5 pm) and the organic trout farm.
How to get there?
You can go by car, and the car parking costs CHF 3 for 4 hours or CHF 5 for 24 hours. Address: Blausee 222, 3717 Blausee, Switzerland
The lake is 6km from Kandersteg or 7.3km from Frutigen, and you can take the 230 bus both ways.
Coming from Bern, you take the train that goes to Spiez, change to Frutigen and then take the bus mentioned above.
So that’s it guys. Enjoy your holiday and tell me if you liked Blausee or liked it a lot.
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