Family Camping in the Bernese Oberland

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This summer we finally tackled something we I have been wanting to do for a while now…a family camping trip!  My husband loves to hike, but does not relish the idea of sleeping out in nature…however, he was a trooper and wound up having a great time.  We went with another family, which made it even more fun and the kids were soooo excited!

Earlier in the summer we had hiked at the gorgeous Oeschinen Lake and loved it.  We knew our friends needed to see this beautiful place so we stayed at a great little campsite they found in Kandersteg, right at the bottom of the cable car station.  Since we had already been to Oeschinensee, we decided to take a different, nearby cable car and hike there instead.

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We drove to the Sunnbuel cable car and made our way up on a chilly, cloudy morning, but lucky for us about 15 minutes into the hike, the sun came out and the skies cleared for some beautiful views.  We did the Arveenseli hike, which is an easy 2 hour loop with not too much uphill-perfect for kiddos.  The hike goes by 3 small lakes and a farm where you can stop for a drink or to buy some cheese (which we did and it was great!).

 

The hike wound up taking a while with our farm stop, photo stops, and little legs keeping up, but it was fun!  And so picturesque.

After taking the cable car back down the mountain, the kids were beyond excited to meet up with their friends and get the camping party started!  After some stressful tent assembly, we were all set and ready for dinner on the grill and s’mores.

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So funny that the boys had their first s’mores experience in Switzerland! 😉

Camping was a big success and we were so happy to go with friends and have some grown up conversations after the kids went to bed…unfortunately it wasn’t around the campfire since campfires weren’t allowed (and it got CHILLY!) but still fun nonetheless.

We woke early (of course) and decided to spend the morning at Blausee, a nearby lake that is a big attraction because of it’s stunning blue color.  After reading about it I was afraid it might be a little touristy, but we really had such a peaceful, enjoyable morning here.  It helped that we arrived early, before the crowds and tour buses.  There are plenty of walking paths in this big forest park, a playground, picnic tables, and grills, but the main draw of course is the beautiful lake.  The water was so incredibly blue and is sourced from subterranean springs.  There is a free boat ride that takes you for a spin around the lake while providing information about the lake and surroundings.  If you’re in the area, I’d definitely recommend making a stop here.  We also had lunch at the family friendly pizza restaurant off the lake parking lot and it was surprisingly good!

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Now that we’ve had our first successful family camping trip, I think we’re hooked.  Time to plan the next one!

 

 

 

 

13 Comments

  1. Awesome! This is something I’ve been wanting to do as well, but my husband is just like yours and insist we can only go if it’s easy to leave! Meaning we go pack, pitch the tent nearby and there is a bathroom as well- lol! Needless to say, we haven’t gone yet!

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    1. Bloggininpa, then your husband would totally be ok with this trip! Drive in, park pretty close, and bathrooms. Even a restaurant nearby for a morning coffee! We have to ease into these things. 😉

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  2. So exceptionally brave! Amazing job, you’ll be making beautiful memories for your kiddies 🙂 I am tented out… I cycled and camped for six months all around Europe, and the vision of a tent makes me shiver… wonder if I’ll ever brave it again 🙂

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    1. Oh my, Johanna! That sounds intense and camping with kids for one night sounds like a cakewalk in comparison! We did it very easy style…bathrooms, morning coffee at the restaurant, etc. 🙂

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  3. Oh man !! this looks so good that i just want to pack the tent and go! but i dont have a tent as we haven’t done a camping trip yet 😛 but hopefully next year! beautiful kiddies 🙂

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    1. thegirlthatdreamsawake, we borrowed one for our first camping adventure. Wanted to make sure it was a success before making the investment! We’ll be buying one next summer, for sure! And thanks-I think so too, but I’m partial! 😉

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  4. I can’t wait for my little one to be just slightly bigger and we will start to hike too!! my husband is like yours but I just showed him your pictures and he is all up for it hahaha 😀

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  5. I am a sucker for blue sky so I LOVE the pictures you took on your second day. GORGEOUS!
    I only “know” Blausee and Kandersteg because that’s where you take the car shuttle train that takes you to Valais.
    What a wonderful weekend you’ve had with your family and friends 🙂

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  6. I’m definitely going to put this on the list. We’ve camped a couple times, just easing into as our youngest just turned 3 and our last camping trip was a bit stressful for me as we camped directly next to a river. But we will keep going because it is SO much fun for the kids!

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