This "Blue Lake" (Blausee means Blue Lake) is perhaps the one that best deserves its name! The nature park, which is closed to traffic, where romantic paths alternate with picnic and children's playgrounds, is unique. There is, among other things, a hotel-restaurant serving gourmet cuisine every evening, but also a pizzeria and a shop specializing in organic trout from the lake. And the Blausee also offers countless possibilities for walks and leisure and is worth a short walk from Kandersteg (about one hour and a half)
The lake is located at an altitude of more than 800 metres, in the Bernese Oberland region in the south of the Canton of Berne. Blausee is situated in a 20 hectare natural forest park with walking paths, picnic areas and fireplaces. Because the lake is fed by underground springs, the water is crystal clear with a colour ranging from blue-green to deep blue. The tree trunks and rocks, which are up to 12 m under water, seem to be just below the surface.
As the water absorbs long-wave (red) light more than short-wave (blue) light, it appears deep blue and blue-green. According to a legend, the blue color comes from the blue eyes of a young girl who went into the water out of mourning for the death of her lover. Since then the lake has worn the blue colour as a reminder of the unfortunate. The sculpture in the lake by Glattfeld artist Raffael Fuchs from 1998 is also reminiscent of the legend.
The Blausee was formed 15,000 years ago following a landslide. A Zurich merchant bought it and the surrounding land in the 19th century while visiting the region. In the 20th century, the valley developed through the Lötschberg tunnel and the construction of the road network, and the lake became a popular tourist destination.
Once you arrive on site, the entrance fee is 8 CHF. This ticket gives us access to the park, where we can take a boat trip, use the children playground and the barbecue area. Once in the park, you can walk around the lake to see it from different angles and observe large the large trouts in the water.