Lake Oeschinen – Heuberg Circular Hike

Short facts

  • start: Top station of the Kandersteg – Lake Oeschinen cable car
  • destination: Top station of the Kandersteg – Lake Oeschinen cable car
  • medium
  • 8,57 km
  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • 415 m
  • 1988 m
  • 1582 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

This circular hike beside and above Lake Oeschinen near Kandersteg is a Bernese Oberland classic. Heuberg enables this beautifully-sited mountain lake to be viewed to best advantage.

This circular hike high above Kandersteg can be relied upon to impress. On a beautiful summer's day in the Bernese Oberland, you can't go wrong with this choice. The immediate views of the glaciated Blüemlisalp Group are breathtaking; the views down across Lake Oeschinen are fascinating. Such visual delights will need to be earned of course, but the climbs are manageable. Surefootedness is a must on this circular walk. The highest vantage point is the Heuberg, from where you will walk down to Lake Oeschinen and pass the Oberbärgli and Underbärgli mountain restaurants en route. In summer you can reward yourself with a refreshing dip, or by stopping off at one of the two mountain restaurants.

General information


Bergstation der Gondelbahn Kandersteg–Oeschinensee (1682 m) – Heuberg (1940 m) – Oberbärgli (1978 m) – Underbärgli (1843 m) – Chüematti (1590 m) – Oeschinensee (1522 m) – Bergstation Gondelbahn.

Safety Guidelines

Circular hike on marked mountain hiking trails. Marked white-red-white. Climb grade: T2.


Normal hiking equipment, in summer take swimwear for a swim in Lake Oeschinen.


Those undertaking the hike with children can reward the younger hikers with some rides on the summer toboggan run at the cable car top station.

Getting there

Drive to Kandersteg. In the town centre, follow the signs for «Oeschinensee» until you reach the bottom station of the cable car.


Car parking is available at the bottom station of the Kandersteg – Lake Oeschinen cable car (CHF 5.– per day).

Public transit

Travel by train to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg station, walk (approx. 15 minutes) or take the local bus (approx. 5 minutes) to the bottom station of the Kandersteg – Lake Oeschinen cable car.


Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 5/2018: Wandern am Wasser. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch 

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 8/2015: Berner Oberland. Rothus Medien, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch 


LK 1:50 000, 254T Jungfrau, 263T Wildstrubel.

Additional Information

TALK (Tourismus Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg) AG, Tourist Center Kandersteg, 3718 Kandersteg, Tel. +41 (0) 33 675 80 80, www.kandersteg.ch

Gondelbahn Kandersteg Oeschinensee, Tel. +41 (0) 33 675 11 18, www.oeschinensee.ch


  • Street (4%)
  • Hiking Trail (33%)
  • Path (62%)


This tour is presented by: Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ, Author: Jochen Ihle

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