Thun

Bernese Oberland

The city of Thun, which is located at the lower end of Lake Thun, is the gate to the Bernese Oberland. The historic Old Town is situated about one kilometer from the shore of the lake, on the river Aare. There is a castle in the center of the Old Town that dates back to the 12th century and boasts a museum.

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City guide Thun

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A perfect weekend in Thun

For the first time in Thun

The first settlement arose on today's site of the city as early as 2,500 BC. The mighty castle was constructed by the Dukes of Zähringen. It has a fortification tower built between 1180 and 1190. The halls of the tower house a historical museum that exhibits artifacts from prehistory and early history as well as medieval objects, weapons and uniforms from the 18th and 19th century, a ceramic collection and a toy exhibition. The castle's most splendid exhibit is the restored Knights Hall, dating to the 12th century.

Further sights in the Old Town include the town church with its tower dating back to about 1330, the town hall from the 16th century, the Old Town itself and the numerous restaurants and cafés along the Aare River.

Summer

The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rise majestically across Lake Thun, over which glides a historic paddle steamer. The castle and city church proudly dominate the late-medieval Old Town.

Highlights

  • 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.

1 Comments

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    avathi

    I hate your new look website. Earlier it was much better to get information and very user friendly. May be you have taken help of Brits to modify your website. Now I cant find the cam link which made you feel like you were there with all the mapping of streets.

    Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 7:03 PM

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