Blausee - An Alpine Oasis

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Switzerland is a country full of exceptional natural beauty. And Bernese Oberland is a prime example of the wide green valleys and snowy mountain peaks that are so often postcard perfect. Hidden in the Kandergrund Valley lies Blausee (Blue Lake is the literal translation), a vibrant blue lake teaming with trout. Accessible by bus from Kandersteg or Frutigen, Blausee is a spectacle not to be missed.

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The entrance to the hidden lake is a well laid concreted path, providing easy access for all. Surrounded by a green forest and giant boulders that tower above you as you weave toward to lake, you will smell the fresh air of the forest ignite you.

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Allow yourself an hour or two to indulge in the peace that the lake offers. Watch the trout, or picnic on the grass hill backed by rocky mountain outcrops. The ring path around the lake will only take you 20 minutes or so to complete, but if you're anything like me it will take you triple that as you capture photos from every angle! 

Visiting in early spring gives rise to the possibility of snow still skirting the edges of the forest floor. Visiting in mid-late winter will offer a beautiful contrast of the Turquoise lake  fringed by powdery white snow. However long periods of sub-zero temperatures do cause the lake to freeze over, reducing it's vibrant hue. 

Basing yourself in Interlaken, a major town at the foothills of the Bernese Alps, or Kandersteg, a ski village higher in the alps will provide you the easiest access to Blausee, and is worthy of a daytrip.

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More information about Blausee, including entry fees, dining and accommodation can be found here.