Lake Blausee, between Kandersteg and Frutigen in the Bernese Oberland, is a romantic and beautiful forest lake, named after its intense blue color.

The paved road leads from the souvenir shop at the entrance through the dense forest to the lake. You will immediately see an important blue lake and be struck by its beauty.

The small lake (actually next to a pond) sits in the middle of a beautiful 22-acre nature park that resembles Japanese nature gardens.

It winds through tall pines, dense bushes and moss-covered cliffs. A stone’s throw from the roots that embrace the rocks, cross the bridges and cross the heights by the stairs. If you believe in fairies, this is definitely a place to meet them.

The Legend of the Blue Lake

Once upon a time, this little lake in the Kander Valley looked just like any other alpine lake. A maid lived close by and when she fell in love with a shepherd they started to row out onto the lake to find some alone time in the bright and romantic moonlit nights.

Sometime in the distant past, this little lake in the Kander Valley resembled some other elevated lakes. A servant lived nearby and when she fell madly in love with a shepherd, they took out a boat onto the lake to be together alone in the brilliant and heartfelt twilight evenings.

The Shepherd, one day fell off a cliff and tragedy died. Without fail, the hopeless girl paddled out to the center of the lake to grieve her misfortune. One morning her folks found that she had suffocated and the boat had sunk with her to the lower part of the lake.

On that day the lake had strangely changed its tone to the serious dark blue shade of the eyes of the sadly enchanted maid.

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Blausee or Blue Lake in the Kandertal, Switzerland

For those who prefer facts, the lake was created by a landslide more than 15’000 years ago. The crystal clear water comes from an underground spring that feeds the lake. It is possible to take a tour on a glass bottomed rowboat to appreciate the beauty of the lake and its surroundings from a different angle.

The lake is so clear that one can see tree trunks and rocks at the bottom of the lake even though it’s up to 12 m (39.4 ft.) deep.

Lake Blausee is a charming spot to relax for a few hours and ideal for kids of all ages. The large playground with swings, slides, fire pits (wood provided) and tables is a perfect place for a picnic. The inviting small creek keeps beverages cool and small kids happy.

Visiting Blausee

It’s not exactly an off-the-beaten path. It’s popular for weddings, anniversaries and special celebrations. The Blue Lake is quite close to Interlaken (around 30 by car)  and can get very crowded in July and August. Luckily, we had the place almost to ourselves on a late September day at the end of a hiking day spent in the Kander Valley.

Operating hours

  • Summer: 9am to 5 pm with some exceptions when it closes early for special events;
  • Winter: 10am to 5pm;
  • Admission has to be paid in the gift shop at the entrance;
  • Stroller and wheelchairs accessible
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Getting there

  • By train and bus: 30 minutes from Spiez. 40 minutes from Thun. 1 hour from Bern and 1 hour and 10 minutes from Interlaken Ost Trainstation (East);
  • By Car: There is a large parking area in front of the Blausee entrance;
  • Hiking: After we spent most of the day at Oeschinen Lake, we hiked from the train station Kandersteg to Blausee in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is a scenic hike and marked as “Kulturweg Frutigenland” (Culture trail Frutigenland). It’s mostly downhill with only one short steep section at the beginning going upwards. Although the path was marked as “stroller friendly”, it was not at the time we went. Great for bikers, and the path is accessible in winter too. Although we could have continued the hike to Frutigen, we were too tired and just took the bus that stops right across the street from the Blausee entrance.

Events at Blausee

  • Open-air Movie Theater at the lake with a large screen on the lake and open-air concerts are the highlights in summer.
  • Each year in October a fishing event for three week is held at the Blausee
  • Winter highlights: Christmas magic and market mid-December; Sunday brunch with local products between November and March (reservation necessary);
  • Ayurveda weeks: Early spring and late fall.

Food and Drinks

There are two restaurants – “Pizzeria and Grill Conventino” at the entrance and the main restaurant with a large outdoor dining area at the lake. Blausee is known for natural trout rarities, obviously an assortment of meat and vegan dishes is served as well. Their own incubation facility nearby can be visited.

Staying near Blausee

Blausee is easily visited on a day trip from anywhere in the Bernese Oberland.

However, if you want to spend a special romantic night – the lake is lit from beneath at night – or a spa weekend, the 3star Hotel Blausee has 17 rooms, each one decorated differently. Regular sauna, sanarium (low heat sauna), steam-grotto, hot tub and bathtub garden.