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Cliffs overgrown with moss, a wonderful view of the Bernese Alps and crystal clear water: the Oeschinensee near Kandersteg is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. The Engstligen Falls near Adelboden take care of the ahs and ohs
Switzerland would not be Switzerland if one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Alps couldn’t be reached easily by cable car. From the pretty village of Kandersteg, it takes ten minutes to get up to the Alp plateau. There the scenery is determined by the huge, heavily glaciated Blüemlisalphorn. We save the rapid summer toboggan run at the mountain station for later, because the Oeschinensee is only a walk away.
Like a giant eye that lets the sun shine deep blue, then turquoise again, the lake is embedded at 1,578 meters in a semicircle of steep rock walls. A tour in a rowboat feels like floating when the paddles dive into the crystal clear water. In order to keep an overview while having a picnic, we climb a little up the panorama path towards the Blüemlisalphütte.
High feelings in the Bernese Oberland
On the wide alpine meadows above the magic lake you are very close to heaven – and in the company of fat marmots. The pug-cute mountain dwellers are happy about the first warm days of spring. They enjoy the first green stalks and in between complain with loud whistles about hikers who come too close to their fur.
In the wild Gastern valley nothing can be heard from the rodents, and there is hardly any other noise in the ear. It is a heavenly rest! In contrast to the Oeschinensee, the high valley turns out to be a real insider tip. For six kilometers, the single-lane gravel road winds up through the narrow gorge, whose vertical rock faces are reminiscent of the granite giants in California’s Yosemite Valley.
The road is regulated by a set of traffic lights. But it wouldn’t even be needed on this wonderful autumn morning. Up here you hike almost alone, if you have stamina, to the source of the Kander on the glacier of the same name.
Adelboden: Totally intoxicating
On the way from the valley floor near Adelboden up to Engstligenalp, we are intoxicated by the view and the raging water. The way up leads along the 370 meter high Engstligen Falls, the second highest waterfalls in Switzerland. Once at the top at 1,900 meters, the largest plateau in the Swiss Alps spreads out.
The wide grassy landscape is somewhat reminiscent of Tibet. But instead of yaks, sturdy specimens of Simmental Simmental Simmental cattle tramp up here in the warm season and provide plenty of milk for Bernese alpine cheese. When the summer is over, the 500 cows and other cattle have to go back down into the valley, then the most spectacular alpine drive in Switzerland can be observed at the waterfalls.
Sillerenbühl: swinging towards the valley
The best panoramic views are also guaranteed on the Tschentenalp just above Adelboden. Numerous hiking trails start from the mountain station of the cable car. If that still doesn’t have enough swing, you should sit on the giant swing on the Scharihubel.
The Sillerenbühl, on the other hand, is known for a literally crazy attraction. With 45 kilometers of marked runs, the mountain is Switzerland’s scooter hotspot until late autumn. Scooters were in vogue in the country long before there were high-tech mountain bikes that could scare marmots with full suspension.
And since the Swiss love their traditions at least as much as their mountains, the two-wheeler is almost a cultural asset today. And it’s so easy: Just put it on and drive off. The longest descent takes us more than half an hour. Makes you want to more!
Oeschinensee: The mountain lake above Kandersteg is an experience in all seasons. In winter you can even hike on it, when ice fishing is also offered. Return ticket for the cable car 26 euros, oeschinensee.ch
Engstligenalp: In addition to an extensive hiking network, the largest alp in the western Swiss Alps also has a golf course to offer. The best way to experience the Alp is on foot. Return ticket 30 euros, engstligenalp.chz
Scooter tours: Adelboden awaits you with 45 kilometers of marked scooter runs from the Sillerenbühl mountain station. Blue routes lead over asphalt, red and black over gravel roads. Scooter day ticket 13 euros, rail day 32 euros, adelboden.ch
Tschentenalp: Above Adelboden, the panoramic plateau offers many opportunities for extensive hiking and mountain bike tours , tschentenalp.ch