No matter how far from civilization we thought we were, we always managed to come across some art! Most of it made from nature. Carvings from wood, rock formations, twigs bent into a fashion, etc. So here we were walking over a cute little bridge above the lake, I look down, and see a mermaid! Or do I see legs? (Doubt my husband got past looking at the two turrets facing northward.)
There were lots of paths around and leading off of the lake. We noticed that the paths (and lake too) had lots and lots of lighting. It must be really cool to be here at night when the wooded paths and the lake are all lit up.
If I ever come back (hope to!), I would consider spending one night here, enjoying a fresh trout dinner at the restaurant, followed by a beautiful nighttime walk around the lake, and above the restaurant there is a hotel where a cozy room awaits...
You can walk around the whole lake--it's really quite small. (Think pond more than lake.)
At the half-way point is this great set-up. There are picnic tables, grills for a cookout, but the best part is the playground! They had rides I'd never seen before. In this picture my daughter is on a merry-go-round that goes really fast and bobs up and down too. (I confess to riding this-hey! I had to even out the weight.) Besides these other two women (20 ish) were on this large disc thing-ee that balance on a giant ball. Hard to explain. There was a rock climbing wall that rotated on a belt. (took francs to make it move though) Also a lot of slides, one that ended in a pond of water. This would be a great place to picnic for the afternoon if you have little kids. (and maybe not-so-little-ones too)
If you only want to hike to or from Blausee in one direction, no problem. Right outside the entrance is a bus stop. (free riding with your Swiss Pass). The bus comes hourly. The schedule is posted at the stop. Take a peek at it before going into Blausee so you know the times the bus comes by. Usually it's at the same time every hour. In this case, I think it always came on the 26's. It is about a 20 minute ride back to Kandersteg, stopping at every little village along the way. Usually to pick up or drop of elderly folks or young mothers with toddlers out running shopping errands.
It is a 1 hour 20 minute walk to Blausee from Kandersteg. Very level grade or sometimes gentle slopes down. I would suggest for an easy walk go Kantersteg to Blausee. For more of a workout go Blausee to Kandersteg. The walk often follows the river and sometimes veers off to cut through farm fields. The trail is very wide. A stroller made for trails would work easily here. (For those of you with toddlers) This trail is also popular with bicyclists. It is also kept clear in the winter, a Winterwanderweg.
Small little shop with local wines and unique crafts.
What to buy: Way too late into our vacation I found a nice little guide for identifying Alpine flowers.
by Alfred Pohler
It would have been smarter of me to have bought this guide before or earlier on.