Blausee: Everything You Need to Know
Updated: Dec 3, 2019
Blausee - literally translated as “Blue Lake”- is located in the Bernese-Oberland region of Switzerland, and is easily one of the most instagrammable spots in the country.
It was via this infamous platform that I discovered Blausee, and the reason I became completely enchanted with the idea of visiting Switzerland. It might have its downfalls, but I have been inspired by so many regions around the world because of instagram.
Anyway, enough about my instagram obsession.
Also known as Nature Park Blausee, this is definitely a spot you don’t want to miss out on if you’re in the area - you could spend as little as half an hour here if you wanted, or spend the whole day lounging around by the lake. This article tells you everything you need to know about accessing and entering the park.
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Admission and Cost
The park is open from 9am to 9pm every day, and entry fees vary based on the time of day and time of year. While I would highly recommend getting there when the park opens to avoid the crowds, Blausee offer reduced rate tickets after 5pm. This might be okay in the summer, but I knew I wanted to see the lake glisten in the summer sunshine during my visit!
March - November opening hours and prices
Weekend entry fee: 10CHF (or 6CHF after 5pm)
Weekday entry fee: 8CHF (or 5CHF after 5pm)
November - March opening hours and prices
Entry fee: 5CHF (or free after 5pm)
Occasionally the park closes early to accommodate special events, so it’s worth checking their website before you go.
Boat trips on the lake continue until 5pm daily.
Having trawled Tripadvisor and other reviews of Blausee in my research for this article, a lot of people - particularly those who visited during the summer - complained about the crowds. I visited relatively early in the day - probably around 10-11am - on a sunny day in the middle of June, and I certainly wasn’t overwhelmed by the number of visitors there.
How to Get There
Coming from Thun, the nearest city to Blausee (and the city from which I visited the park), I would recommend using trains and buses to get there.
I recently discovered Rome2Rio which is my new favourite travel planning app/website (#notspon), and I’d recommend using that to plan your journey to Blausee.
This is the route I took, but could be applied to most train journeys coming from the north.
Catch the train from Thun to Spiez (9 mins)
Change at Spiez (10 mins)
Catch the train from Spiez to Kandersteg (28 mins)
Exit the station to catch the 230 bus (to Adelboden) to Blausee (8 mins) - this bus runs hourly
If coming from the south, you can travel directly to Kandersteg from Brig by train (38 mins).
Note: different train operators charge different prices for tickets - i.e. this can range from £8 to £25! I was more focused on the time of the train than its cost, but you could decide on which train to catch based on price instead.
If coming from elsewhere in the region, or somewhere without train services, hiring a car might be necessary to avoid long and expensive train or taxi journeys!
This peaceful park gave me exactly the morning I needed before a very stressful afternoon where I nearly missed my flight home! You can relax on the edges of the lake, in the sun or in the shade, take walks through the forest within the park, or enjoy a ride in a glass-bottom rowing boat across the lake.
There are two restaurants on site (which I didn’t visit in an attempt to be frugal), a children’s playground, a trout farm, and an alpaca enclosure which I came across by accident!
While I enjoyed Blausee in the sunshine, the lake would still be beautiful on an overcast day, so don’t let a cloudy forecast put you off!
You could also incorporate a visit to Blausee into an all-day hike. Oeschinen Lake is a popular hiking spot, and is accessible from Kandersteg via gondola - Blausee would be the perfect place to relax after a tiring day if you’re in the area!
Thank you for checking out my guide to visiting Blausee! If you're considering a trip to Switzerland, take a look at my Swiss highlights post for some more inspiration, or check out my Switzerland section here!
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