I know, I know…we live in Switzerland, the land of crystal clear Alpine lakes, so “Prettiest Lake in Switzerland” is a bold statement to make. Nonetheless I’m staking my claim for Blausee (literally Blue Lake), a lake in the Bernese Oberland, as one of the prettiest lakes in Switzerland simply because of the color of that gorgeous water. It’s a small lake, more of a pond in fact, and it’s enclosed in a private nature park with walking paths, a playground, barbecue pits, and even an onsite hotel. The lake is fed by underground streams and it never freezes since it maintains a year round steady cool temperature. Turns out to be ideal conditions for trout, so you will also get to see lots of these fish swimming around when you visit. You can also sample them at the hotel restaurant!
We enjoyed visiting Blausee in the summer, when you can take a tour around the lake on a sweet little wooden boat and learn a bit about the lake. But after seeing some beautiful snowy winter pictures of the lake, I decided we needed a winter trip to compare! We got lucky and arrived late in the afternoon when entry was free, visitors were few, and a light snow was falling. Simply magical.
Legend has it that the lake turned this stunning blue color when a heartbroken maiden with eyes the same color blue drowned in the depths of the lake after her lover died. There’s even an underwater statue in tribute to the maiden. If science is more your thing, the reality is that this lake was formed by a rockslide thousands of years ago. Either way, it does feel like a mystical place…especially when there are few visitors and you get the place mostly to yourself!
In addition to the barbecue pit and onsite hotel and restaurant, there’s also a small, casual restaurant outside of the park. It’s on the edge of the parking lot and actually has quite good pizzas. There is also tons to do in the area including the nearby Kandersteg where you can take a cable car up to Oeschinensee (another stunningly gorgeous lake in the mountains), or head in the other direction to Adelboden where there are also lots of mountain options.
Have you been to Blausee? What’s your favorite lake in Switzerland? Let us know so we can add it to our bucket list!!! 😉 We never get tired of beautiful mountain lake views!