• Badi
  • The Lake – Oeschinensee Day Tour

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki

    ~12 km ~ ascent 900m ~descent 400m ~ 4h ~

    What can I say except that this is the best lake I’ve ever seen and dipped into. Oeschinensee in 1578m above the town of Kandersteg, in the Canton of Bern in the Swiss Alps, is kind of an Instagram celebrity by now, and definitely worth the hype.

    Just look at that colour!

    The area around the lake belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jungfrau Aletsch and offers many options for day tours as well as multiday hut tours, hochtours and few hotel and hut options to sleep in as well, during the summer season from June to September.  And it’s family friendly as well (like I’d really know anything about it, but I’ve seen many happy kids there).

    My hiking day tour (or solo hike) suggestion of the day, for the Oeschinen lake, would be to hike up from Kandersteg train station to the Oeschinensee, past Grüenewald and Östhibach. From the lake, after a picnic and maybe a dip I’d continue, the lake on the right, to the Underbärgli and Oberbärgli, from where I’d turn to the upper path leading back to Kandersteg, leaving the lake to the left side now.

    Finally, I’d take the gondola down from the upper station of the Oeschinen gondola (and maybe consider giving the rodelbahn a try too) to save my knees, before catching the train back from wherever I was going to.

    Good tour, and don’t forget your swiss suit!

    (Of course, you can always skinny dip, but I’m not sure about the Swiss laws so can’t recommend and also remember the instafame – might end up naked there. Or maybe that’s exactly your thoughts, who knows? Everything for the likes 😉 )

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Oeschinensee, Kandersteg, Switzerland (map)

  • Badi
  • Cheap Luxury In Zürich

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    I have a Switzerland secret which I wanna share with you – in summer, it’s easy to spend a cheap but awesome day in Zürich. Yes, you heard right. Cheap but good Zürich is possible. Because good life is luxury and Zürich has it a lot.

    And these are the simple Zürich budget tips:

    First, buy a cheap beer or two (Quöllfrish/Calanda/Rugenbräu) and/or a bottle of cooled down wine (colour according to taste) and some snacks from the Coop in Hauptbahnhof, or similar. Then, wander along the Limmat -river and sit down somewhere there, to enjoy your drink and the views. Third, when in need of a good architecture and excellent free toilet (all that beer, I know), visit Landesmuseum.

    Finally, end the sweaty afternoon (alternatively you may also start the day this way) in one of the free badis in town, i.e. my favorite the Oberer Letten Flussbad (psst. if you want to look like a local there, take a fouta with you). And when talking of the badis, CNN just listed Zürich as the second best swimming city in the world, right after Copenhagen, which in other words makes Zürich the best freshwater swimming city in the world. Yay!

    More of my Zürich tips (includes the more pricey drinks, shopping and bath options as well), you can find in my Zürich -guide in here, and in the category Zürich, obviously.


    Where: Limmatquai & Landesmuseum, Zürich

  • Badi
  • Badiseason Is On – Badhütte Rorschach

    Tiina Kivelä

    Opened my badiseason today, on Monday, at Badhütte Rorschach.  Just because I can, and because my St. Gallen home office is getting way too hot for work during the midday. And because this is still one the best things one can do with 5CHF (admission + locked garderobe for an adult) in Switzerland, in the summer. If and when the muscles are too tired for more intense activities and if and when one doesn’t need to spend her day in a different kind of office, that is.

    Today’s location, a traditional wooden bathhouse from 1924 (the only remaining structure of its kind on the Swiss side of Lake Constance/Bodensee), can be found in Rorschach, appr. 15min train ride away from St. Gallen. If you’re lucky, it comes with the zeppelin, and it gets extra points for plants like this cute little olive tree, excellent looking wine list, and occasional cultural events.


    Where: Badhütte Rorschach


    Ps. From now on, you’ll find all the swimming and lake/river bath posts in the menu under the activities category badi. And I’ve also re-categorized my Switzerland posts according to cantons, which you may find in the menu section Switzerland.