Interesting facts 

Disasters in prehistoric times

During the last Ice Age the Kandertal was ground by glaciers and surrounded by high rock faces – as the Lauterbrunnen Valley is today. As the glacier drew back the pressure was released which resulted in massive rock falls.


The largest rockfall happened at the Fisistöcken, the sliding surface is clearly visible. Huge rocks fell into the valley of Kan- dersteg and collided like a tidal wave into the rock face on the opposite side of the valley. Traces of the collision can still be seen in the region of Risete today, many millennia later. Through the Fisi rock fall the valley was filled with rubble up to 400 metres high.

After the last Ice Age a further large rock fall buried the Öschisbach valley and lead to the formation of a new lake – the Oeschinen lake. Further rock falls deposited rubble until Frutigen, leading to the formation of the Blausee.

Even today the Kandertal is full of extreme contrasts. There are no less than 20 glaciers in the district of Kandersteg. In contrast to the sparse ice desert are the fruitful, densely vegetated valleys. They are home to many plants including 30 different types of orchids.