Next up, was the hike to the glorious Oeschinen Lake – Kandersteg's star attraction. The hike is a beautiful one that goes through an alpine forest. The mighty Alps and snow sprinkled all around made it a thoroughly enjoyable walk. If you're unable to walk due to medical reasons, you can avail the shuttle that runs from the Gondola station to the lake.
If you're fit and able, I would suggest you to not miss the experience of taking this walk. I was still recovering from the fantastic views when I spotted a glistening blotch of blue from afar. I wasn't sure of what I had seen until I walked closer, and beheld the stark blue lake with my eyes. The Oeschinen Lake was of the clearest blue I had ever seen. Its water was so translucent that it seemed as if someone had laid out a massive tinted ultramarine glass! To add to the beauty, there were a number of waterfalls plunging into the lake straight from the mighty Alps. A dense forest surrounded the lake as if nature itself was camouflaging this exquisite gem.
We enjoyed a small picnic by the lake. There were a number of tourists from across the world – some fishing, others reading and most soaking in the warm, therapeutic Swiss sun. A boat ride in the lake could definitely not be missed, so we spent a dreamy hour leisurely cruising over the Oeschinen Lake. I really wished I could camp and spend the night there, however, as the sun started to set, it became unbearably cold, which was the only cue that the summer-baby in me needed to call it a day. We decided to chuck the gondola ride, and chose to walk down instead.
In case you're wondering about the costs, here's a breakdown:
1. Train from Interlaken to Kandersteg (roundtrip): CHF 32 onwards i.e. Rs 2286 onward.
2. Gondola Lift (one way): CHF 22 ie. Rs 1,572
3. Mountain Coaster: CHF 6 ie. Rs 427
4. Boat ride: CHF 15 ie. Rs 1,076 for 30 minutes
I was left amazed at how well Kandersteg has been developed as a tourist destination. There were activities for every kind of traveller, whether you're a hiking enthusiast, a water baby who can spend hours lounging by a lake, or a traveller looking for something off-beat to do, Kandersteg has it all! Even though Switzerland has been marketed as essentially, a paradise for romance, I realised that it has so much more on offer for all kinds of travellers! I returned from the Oeschinen Lake, but I think my heart's going to stay there forever.
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