Egelsee Bern

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Egelsee – Secret oasis

Egelsee or Egelmösli, which is how the locals call it affectionately, is a small lake in the east of town. It is a bit hidden because it is situated in the middle of a residential area, and you can’t see it from the road.
Once you get there, you discover it is a very idyllic place to unwind and observe nature or read a book on one of the many benches. It also offers also a great picnic spot on the shore. There were plans to open a bar, but they didn’t get through, so the area keeps its tranquil atmosphere.
If you understand German, the street names around the lake will make you smile. They were created by Swiss artist Paul Klee and are poetic and funny at the same time. If you are into painting and art, I highly recommend you combine a visit to the Zentrum Paul Klee with a stroll around the lake.
The lake is reachable with bus 12 (stop Tavelweg, direction Paul Klee Zentrum). Alternatively, you could walk about 15 minutes uphill from Bärengraben.
I recommend you bring some water and food or get refreshments at the gas shop or supermarket nearby, as there is no such infrastructure by the lake.
Fun fact: During very cold winters, the lake even freezes completely and ice skating is possible (the authorities have to give green light beforehand).

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Egelmösli, Bern

Opening Times

24 hours daily
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)