Thun is a Swiss city in Bern canton situated next to a beautiful lake and within a close reach to the mountains, so let us discover top things to do in Thun.
It is pretty much in the middle of Switzerland, so it is in a very good position to reach other destinations as: Grindelwald, Gantrisch Nature Park, Interlaken and many other places. The city has a very nice and cozy train station, so you can reach pretty much everything from there and you can reach it from pretty much everywhere in Switzerland.
You will definitely love the walks by the river and by the lake, they have even two amazing castles in the city and a charming and vibrant old town.
In this article I am going to look at: how to reach Thun, some facts about Thun and top things to do in Thun.
How to reach Thun
Thun has a very good train station, so you can easily reach it by train. It would take you just 1h 24 minutes by train from Zürich to reach the city. Please check all the latest train connections and fares here: Swiss trains.
If you would like to come by car, there are many parking places next to the old town, I used this one: Parkhaus Burg, address: Hinter der Burg 6, 3600 Thun. Problem was that we could pay just cash there, so have some change. This parking spot is just a minute away from the old town.
Facts about Thun
Top things to do in Thun
The city of Thun has quite a few attractions and as well is very lucky to be in a perfect geographical location: Swiss Alps you can see straight from the city, they have a huge lake Thun right next to the city and as well a rich history of the city makes it a perfect place for a traveller.
When I have visited Thun I didn’t really expect that much to see, but the vibrant old town and the walks by the lake really made my day. I loved it.
Let us explore Thun.
To reach the castle you will have to walk a bit more up as it is on a hilltop where you will get exclusive views to the Swiss Alps and all the city roofs.
The castle was first built in the 12th century and now is a Swiss heritage site.
The castle shape with towers a bit reminds of a small Disney castle version and now has a restaurant and even a boutique hotel inside it. It is a perfect place in Thun to spend a weekend if you will.
As well, you will find even a 6 floor museum inside the castle. It is a modern museum of Thun history and especially kids will love it. And as well, you will get to the towers – the views from there are the best in the city.
The ticket price for adult is 10 CHF, but please check all the latest information and ticket prices right here: Thun castle.
Thun has a very charming old town which a bit reminds me of Aarau city in Switzerland – they have specific roofs with a huge hanging over part.
Most of the old town is situated in an island which is in Aare river. This river is connected with very beautiful bridges which are very similar to the ones you can see in Lucerne.
For this size of the city, I would say that the old town is very alive and full of people each weekend: it is full of shops, restaurants and boutiques.
In the old town you should not miss such places as: Chutziturm, Stadtkirche Thun (the views from the church to the lake and river are marvelous),Schwäbisturm, Rathaus and many others.
The church is right next to the castle.
This castle is probably the most fascinating building around.
It is a bit further from the old town, right on the shore of the lake and has the VIP views to the lake and Swiss Alps.
It is a beautiful castle built in the middle of 19th century with a top notch english garden around it.
Even in a grim weather it looks fascinating. The views on a lake are breathtaking.
What I have never seen in my life – next to the park there is a plan of the park and different parts of it are marked of what you can do there: read a book or play some outdoor games. That is a perfect solution, so people who want to have some calm time, don’t mix with people running around playing frisbee.
As well, in the lake we saw so many swans that I have never seen in my life.
If you wish, you can visit the castle as it was just recently renovated, in 2019, and now it serves as a hotel and a restaurant. It has an open terrace and you pretty much can feel as an english royalty there.
Please visit the Schadau castle website for further information if you want to visit it: Schadau castle.
If you are a history buff, you must visit the tank museum. As I mentioned before, city has the main military school in Switzerland, so it is a perfect place for a tank museum.
In the museum you will not only find the tanks, but as well other military vehicles, military clothes collection, weapons (loads of them) & other war artifacts.
If you are not into the military history, you will be pretty much surprised how many different tanks there are and you will be able to investigate them in close look.
Find all the information about the museum right here: Thun tank museum.
Boat tour on lake Thun
As mentioned before, the city is right on the lake Thun, so it is a perfect place to take a boat tour.
You are going to love being on the lake which is surrounded by the Swiss Alps.
The best destination, in my opinion, on lake Thun is to Spiez. It is another charming village on the lake with a beautiful castle, museums, shops and restaurants.
The boat tour to Spiez will take you 46 minutes and on the way to Spiez you will see many other villages on the shore as well.
Once in Spiez, I highly recommend spending some time there and then take a boat back to Thun.
Check all the time schedules of boats right here: Thun lake boat tours.
Diemtigtal Geschäftsstelle Nature Park
Thuns is all surrounded by nature and mountains, so why not to visit a local nature park which is just minutes away from Thun.
Diemtigtal nature park is a huge 19 kilometers long preserved nature wonder.
There you can find all you need: hiking trails, mountain peaks, bike, ride horses, restaurants, playing parks for kids, hotels and much more for a fellow adventure seeker.
Diemtigtal nature park is just 20 minutes (by car) away from Thun, so you can easily add it to your list of places to visit once you go to Thun.
Please visit their official website, so you can find all the places you wish to visit, eat or spend a night: Diemtigtal nature park.
Top things to do in Thun sum up
Thun is a very nice historic city with many things to offer for a fellow traveler.
If you want to spend the whole day or weekend in the city, I would actually do all the things in the list. You will have a very active and great time.
If you have just couple of hours, visit both castles and Schadau park. You are going to love it. These places are dominant ones in the city.
If you want to spend more time in the nature, please visit the Diemtigtal nature park – huge place full of nature fun.
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