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