Blausee is a scenic lake in the Kander valley in the Bernese Oberland. It’s a gorgeous blue lake with crystal clear water. The color is unusual in that it’s a light blue, with almost no tinge of green or turquoise, unlike most other lakes in Switzerland.
There have been questions about whether Blausee, Switzerland, is worth visiting. If you’re wondering if it’s worth visiting Blausee, I’d say yes. Blausee lake is worth a visit, even if you have to pay an entrance fee. Blausee is special in that it’s a beautiful, magical place that you won’t find anywhere else.
Overview: Blausee Lake
|Kander Valley, Bernese Oberland
|Lake surface area:
|10.1 meters (33 feet)
Why Blausee Is Worth Visiting
The Blausee Experience
Lake Blausee is worth a visit any time of year. Hiking, picnicking, and boating are a couple of things you can do at Blausee. Blausee is a stunning pearl in Kandergrund, one of the most famous lakes in Switzerland. Anyone who wants to relax will get their money’s worth.
You can visit it at any time of the year since it is open all year long. It is owned by Blausee Corporation, which also owns the hotel, restaurant, organic trout farm, and nearby shop. For dining, there is a Gault Millau restaurant that serves fresh trout. Or you can grill your own food.
Guests are provided with a boat ride as part of the fee. There’s no extra charge to ride the boat all the way around the lake.
The area is not suitable for swimming and fishing. Nevertheless, they hold one fishing and one swimming event each year in autumn and winter, respectively.
Kids can play on the playground. Right next to the playground is the Kander river.
Blausee is worth the cost
Blausee Lake is such a beautiful lake with crystal clear water. Set in a forest, it’s so peaceful and serene. I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it is. The water is full of trout. The water is so clear and looks so fresh. In fact, we don’t even notice the entire lake is filled with new water within 48 hours. That’s how fresh it is! All year round, it maintains a constant temperature of 6 to 8 degrees.
Besides that, you don’t have to pay a lot. In the rest of the country, you can see other lakes for free, but they don’t evoke the same feeling as Blausee, nor can you take as nice pictures as here.
Without the entry fee, I’m pretty sure this place would be extremely overrun by tourists. And that would ruin everything.
Despite being a popular destination, the number of guests is still manageable. Blausee and the surrounding area have a lot to offer. Inside is a mystic nature park with walkways, fireplaces, and picnic tables.
Blausee Entrance Fee
As mentioned above, there is an entrance fee to Blausee.
To enter Blausee, you will have to shell out CHF 10 on weekdays and CHF 12 on weekends (for adults). Tickets are cheaper for students and younger children. Kids until 5 years old can get in free. Local guests carrying a guest card also get a discounted rate.
The ticket covers the following:
- Free boat ride on the lake
- Organic trout farm visit
- Usage of the playgrounds
- Usage of the grill areas
Blausee, Switzerland in Kander Valley
Like I said earlier, Blausee is in Kander Valley (Kandertal). It’s in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. It’s crossed by the Kander river above Kandergrund. It is in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental municipality.
There’s a story that was created by a landslide from Fisistock. The Kandersteg Glacier dropped huge ice slabs in the valley, lowering the land. When the ice melted, it created Blausee.
It’s said that the blue color of the lake comes from a combination of light reflection, trees, and the sky. A picturesque Blausee lake nestled in an enchanting forest is perfect for a day trip. Because it’s open all year, you can visit it whenever you want.
Due to its protected status, swimming and bathing in the lake are prohibited.
The Blausee Nature Park is open the whole year round starting 9:00 AM.
How to Get to Blausee Lake
|Blausee BE (Bus stop)
Things to Do in Blausee Lake
Blausee Nature Park
There is nothing quite like the Blausee Lake Nature Park. The park has a total area of 20 hectares. As the buses and cars are parked outside, everyone inside goes on foot.
There are several romantic pathways that wind through an enchanting forest within the nature park. Before reaching the lake, you must pass through the walkways. Walking to the lake isn’t that far from outside.
It is relatively easy to follow the path to the lake. And Blausee Lake itself can be reached in only 5 minutes from the entrance. However, good shoes are preferred as the road is not always paved.
There is a short boat trip (around 10 minutes) included in the ticket price. The boat has a glass bottom so you can see the fish swimming under while in the boat.
Blausee Park has a restaurant in the nature park that serves fresh fish. If you do not want to eat there, there are areas where you could hold a picnic or grill with firewood.
Near the restaurant is a playground for children. There are also toilets near the playground.
Alpine Trout Farm
There are currently 80 tons of trout produced at the Alpine trout farm each year, and 45% of them remain onsite. In the restaurant, these are served either as fish sticks or as a specialty fish dish. There is a percentage sold at Blausee Lake Shop. Those remaining are sold to big supermarket chains such as Coop.
They also have an alpine trout farm, which is open to guests and free to visit.
Final Thoughts: Is Blausee Worth Visiting?
My recommendations in case you decide to visit Blausee would be the following:
- Put on some good shoes. You’ll have to pass through the forest to get to the lake. The path isn’t flat or well-paved, and neither is it a beach.
- Don’t hesitate to ride the boat. It’s already included in the ticket price.
- Be respectful of nature. Clean up your trash and don’t throw anything in the water.
- Come earlier instead of later. The later you get there, the longer the lines can be.
- It’s best to take public transportation here. Parking can be a pain at busy times.
- Bring your own food if you don’t plan to eat at the restaurant. You can have a picnic or grill your own food.
- Relax and enjoy the scenery. Take lots of photos! You’ll love it!
- Schmed, Patrick. Untertauchen am Blausee. Jungfrau Zeitung. Accessed on 20 August 2021. https://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/179940/
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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.
Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.