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Travel Guide

Stunning alpine scenery, two castles and a historic old center await you at this charming town on the shore of Lake Thun.

With a lakeside setting, gorgeous mountain views and a castle, the city of Thun is a scenic delight. This gateway to the Bernese Alps is a great place to stop before heading up to the ski resorts and mountain passes. There’s history, scenery and adventures on the water.

About a 10-minute walk from the shore is Thun’s old town, at the center of which is Thun Castle. This stately fortress has stood over the city and surrounding area since the 12th century, and has long been considered the iconic symbol of the canton of Bern. Explore the castle museum, which covers thousands of years of regional history, then climb up the corner towers for impressive views. The castle’s well-preserved Knights’ Hall frequently hosts concerts and plays.

After your visit to the castle, wander through the narrow, winding streets of the old town to see what charming cafés and local shops you can discover. Walk over one of Thun’s renowned wooden sluice bridges, designed to restrict water flow on the Aare River and beautifully adorned with flowers.

There is superb scenery at almost every turn. One of the nicest spots to spend some time is Schadaupark. This beautiful public garden sits right on the shore of Lake Thun with the snowy peaks of the Bernese Alps in the distance. Step into the round building that houses a huge panoramic painting and relax by the waterfront. Schloss Schadau, located in the heart of the park, looks like something out of a fairy tale. Visit the 19th-century castle for its gourmet restaurant and the Swiss Gastronomy Museum. Check the park’s website to find out when the its miniature steam train runs.

Spend some of your vacation time around Lake Thun. During the summer, travel across the water in the restored historic paddle steamer. On a clear day you can see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. The peaks are popular with climbers and winter sports enthusiasts. Tour the ancient Romanesque churches and small vineyards that are dotted around the lake’s coastline.

Thun is situated at the lower end of Lake Thun and is easily reached by car, bus, train or boat. The much larger city of Interlaken sits at the other end of the lake, and from here you can connect to many other Swiss destinations.

Where to stay in Thun

Top Hotels in Thun

Boutique Hotel Schlossberg
Boutique Hotel Schlossberg
3.5 out of 5
Schlossberg 2, Thun, BE
The price is NT$5,770 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in Thun, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Thun Art Museum (Kunstmuseum Thun) and Thun Castle. Lake Thun is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Thun Station ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
sehr zu empfehlen!

"- spontan zwei Gläser Proseccos für den Geburtstag erhalten! :-) - allgemein sehr aufmerksam und zuvorkommend - Wellnessbereich wegen Corona eingeschränkt; pro Stunde darf nur ein Zimmer den Bereich nutzen (Vorteil ist aber, dass man alleine ist) - sehr gute (und auch schöne) Lage"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/15

Boutique Hotel Schlossberg
Congress Hotel Seepark
Congress Hotel Seepark
4.5 out of 5
Seestrasse 47, Postfach, Thun, BE
The price is NT$8,788 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Dürrenast, this luxury hotel is steps from Thun-Panorama and Lake Thun. Thun Castle is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Thun Station is 16 minutes by foot.

4.4/5Excellent! (30 reviews)
Wonderful hotel! Thank you very much!

"I truly enjoyed my stay at your hotel. Wonderful room, nice view. The lady at the reception was fast in finding another pillow and a topper for our bed. The breakfast is simply fabulous. Excellent location, fantastic landscape. The staff was great."…"

Reviewed on 2019/4/15

Congress Hotel Seepark
Hotel Emmental
Hotel Emmental
3.5 out of 5
2 Bernstrasse, Thun
The price is NT$4,638 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Situated in Thun, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Thun Art Museum (Kunstmuseum Thun) and Thun Castle. Lake Thun is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Thun Station is ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (78 reviews)
Gorgeous swiss/ american style chalet hotel!

"Absolutely lovely hotel in a fantastic location next to old town Thun. My room had a perfect view of Thun castle which made a beautiful view to wake up to. Room was large, clean and nicely decorated. The on site restaurant was an American western theme, with a great fresh yoing vibe to it. The bar ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/19

Hotel Emmental
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Vacation Rentals in Thun

Thunersee Bedroom
Thunersee Bedroom
117 Gwattstrasse, Thun, BE

Located in Gwatt, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Culture and Convention Center Thun and Lake Thun. Thun Castle is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

Thunersee Bedroom
Hapimag Resort Interlaken
Hapimag Resort Interlaken
3.5 out of 5
Höheweg 95, Interlaken
The price is NT$5,178 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Located in Central Interlaken, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Interlaken Casino and Mystery Rooms. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are also within 3 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (97 reviews)
Not for families

"Hotel is not very family friendly. Most of the patrons are in the 65+ age group and are intolerant of families. My children were just talking in the hotel restaurant and a couple were giving us horrible looks. My daughter was scared of the "nasty old lady staring at her". They also did not like our ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/7

Hapimag Resort Interlaken
400 Year Old Swiss Chalet
400 Year Old Swiss Chalet
3 out of 5
Schwarzenmatt 414, Boltigen, Bern

Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out chalet in Boltigen is within 9 mi (15 km) of Zweisimmen Gondola and Gastlosen and close to winter sports such as ...

2/5 (2 reviews)

"Please don’t ever book this place first we had place in interlaken that was booked in April for our July trip mid June Expedia sent me a message saying your booking was cancelled because owner of the property booked the place to the group by than all my options in interlaken was sold out , Story ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/7/24

400 Year Old Swiss Chalet
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Feb 24, 2019

It’s a perfect town to visit!!

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