The town of Thun located on the lake of the same name is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland and an ideal starting point for excursions to the nearby Alpine foothills and Alps. The impressive castle and historic old town, bathing beaches, promenades and Alps in the background provide a picturesque setting for Switzerland’s tenth-biggest town.
The small town of Thun is beautifully situated at the western end of the lake of the same name and offers views of the snow-covered Alps. The impressive castle towers above the late-medieval town: the Romanesque residential tower with its four angle towers is a popular photo subject. The high pavements in the main street of Thun where businesses and restaurants are arranged on two levels are also well worth seeing. The pedestrian-friendly “Bälliz” street is great for shopping.
A walk along the shores of the River Aare to the Schadau Park with a view of the lake is a refreshing experience. Schloss Schadau, Thun’s second castle which is built in the style of the French Loire Castles, houses a restaurant as well as a gastronomy museum.
It goes without saying that water sports are very popular in Thun. Thun is home to the oldest sailing school in Switzerland. A beautiful bathing beach attracts a great many bathers in summer. And there is an extensive route network for cyclists and bike riders catering for all abilities.
There are interesting castles and ancient Romanesque churches to visit all around Lake Thun. The railway station, bus station and boat embarkation point are located right next to each other in Thun, making it easy to combine the various modes of transport to explore the region. The town is an ideal starting point for excursions by train and boat, whether to Spiez, Interlaken or the many famous holiday resorts, such as Gstaad, Adelboden, Lenk etc, in the Bernese Oberland. And day trips, for example to the world-famous Jungfraujoch, are possible too. The surrounding hiking and ski regions are just a short distance away with the nearest ones being the Stockhorn in the lower Simmen Valley and the Niederhorn near Beatenberg.
- Old town with castle – shopping and culture combined at close proximity.
- Wocher Panorama – the 7.5-metre high and 38-metre long 360° circular painting in the Schadau Park depicts the town of Thun at about 1810.
- Stockhorn, Niesen, Niederhorn – accessible by mountain transport facilities, they are fantastic vantage points in the immediate vicinity.
- Cruising on Lake Thun – motor- and paddle-powered ships sail to Interlaken regularly (in winter motor ships only).
- Water sports by and in Lake Thun – the clean water of the lake is perfect for bathing, sailing, surfing, diving etc.
- Thun Fasnacht (Carnival) (February/March).
- Literature Festival (March).
- Swiss Performers’ Fair (Künstlerbörse) (April).
- Swiss Economic Forum (May).
- International Festival of Itinerant Entertainers (May).
- Thun Castle Concerts (May/June).
- Thun Festival of Musicals (July/August).
- Fulehung (shooting and youth festival) (September/October).