Hiking Through the Meadows to Lake Arnensee

Hiking Through the Meadows to Lake Arnensee

There are hikes that remain in your heart, and the trail leading from Col du Pillon to Arnensee (2 1/2 hours) is  one of them. Gorgeous landscape, where the view moves from the glacier to the forest and the lakes. I am wild about nature, and Arnensee remains to me a magic place. As is Switzerland.

Arnensee Cows

Cows Along the Path

Lake Arnensee is one of the most enchanting areas of the Berner Oberland

You can reach Col du Pillon (1,546 m) with a 35 minutes bus ride from Gstaad, going through the nice villages of Feutersoey and Gsteig. From Col du Pillon, the trail leads to Lac Rénaud (25 minutes), a small mountain lake where you can stop for a coffee. The ascent continues, mostly gently, to Col de Voré (1,918 m), the highest point of the trail from where the view on the surrounding valleys is  beautiful.

View Arnensee

Arnensee Lookout

After around 30 minutes descent, you reach Seeberg (1,712 m), a little natural mountain lake and a perfect spot for a picnic or a little rest.  From there down to Arnensee, the trail is simply gorgeous and it is likely to offer its best in mid-June to early July, when rhododendrons – covering the small hills – flower, coloring the hills in large fuchsia sports. After a while, the lake suddenly appears. And while looking at its blue-green water, you start dreaming for a bath!

The descent eventually leads to Arnensee shore, where there is a little beach perfect for a refreshing swim. From there, you can circle the lake either on the left side or on the right one until you reach Restaurant Huus am Arneenseeand its terrace on the lake. There you can taste the fishes caught in the lake – mainly trouts and bass – before starting the last part of the trail, mostly through the forest, down to Feutersoey(1 1/2 hour) to catch the bus to Gstaad.


Thistles along Arnensee Path

Arnensee is a fantastic place also for families with small children and for those who are not willing to hike up and down the mountains. In summer, you can catch one of the buses driving up to the lake from Gstaad and back (3 rides in the morning and 3 in the afternoon).

The walk around the lake is very pleasant and easy and does not take more than 1 1/2 hour, going quietly. Alternatively, you can also rent a boat to cross the lake and just have some fun. If you happen to be in the Gstaad area, don’t miss the place!


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  • Muza-chan
    Posted at 07:31h, 12 June Reply

    Beautiful photos…

  • Calogero Mira
    Posted at 11:53h, 13 December Reply

    Hiking through the Meadows to lake Arnensee, in Switzerland? Nice cows in a photo!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 22:19h, 26 March Reply

    Love Switzerland and your post just added another spot to visit there! Hmm…maybe on my long weekend coming up!

  • ciki
    Posted at 11:00h, 20 May Reply

    wonderful darling simon. Looks like one of my dream holidays!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 17:02h, 20 May Reply

      Then, you just have to come. I’d love to show you Switzerland, and the places where I grew up. And also a piece of Italy…
      I wait for you! Start planning your next holidays… 🙂

  • Bethany
    Posted at 21:40h, 13 May Reply

    found this through TBEX SU site and I love it! This hike looks amazing. I stumbled it for you. 🙂
    .-= Bethany´s last blog ..Peace & Serenity By The Shores Of Southern California =-.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 22:58h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and more thanks for the thumb up, Bethany. Yes, the hike to Arnensee is really awesome. I’ll soon write on more lovely walk, so I hope you’ll stay tuned. Cheers!

  • Donna Hull
    Posted at 04:42h, 13 May Reply

    This is my dream. As a teenager who fell in love with The Sound of Music movie, this is exactly how I pictured a hike in Switzerland.
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    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 09:16h, 13 May Reply

      There are lots of hikes like that, Donna. Why don’t you plan a trip to Switzerland (and Italy) mountains? You would love it! And make your dream becoming true…

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