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.

Schadau castle in Thun
Schadau castle in Thun

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

As mentioned before, the city is in Bern canton and is one of the biggest cities in that canton.
The spoken language there is german and the population of the town is a bit over 43 000. In Switzerland that is a middle size city.
Thun
Thun
The name of the city comes even from Celtic times and the term Dunum – meaning the fortified town.
Back in 1819 a military school was established in Thun and now it became to be the main military school in all Switzerland.

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.

Lake Thun
Lake Thun

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.

Thun castle

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.

Thun castle
Thun castle

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.

Thun castle
Thun castle

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.

Thun castle
Thun castle

The ticket price for adult is 10 CHF, but please check all the latest information and ticket prices right here: Thun castle.

Thun oldtown

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.

Thun old town
Thun old town

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.

Thun bridge
Thun bridge

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.

Aare river
Aare river

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.

 

Thun church
Thun church

The church is right next to the castle.

Aare river
Aare river
Overall you can walk through all old town in 30 minutes, but prolong it by visiting local boutiques and restaurants.

Schadau 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.

Schadau park
Schadau park

It is a beautiful castle built in the middle of 19th century with a top notch english garden around it.

Lake Thun
Lake Thun

Even in a grim weather it looks fascinating. The views on a lake are breathtaking.

Lake Thun
Lake Thun

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.

Kunstmuseum Thun

If you wish to see more local art, visit the Kunstmuseum which is situated right next to the Aare river.
The Kunstmuseum Thun exhibits mostly contemporary art in four to five different exhibitions every year. Additionally to thematically and monographically focused exhibitions, a special exhibition is organised every year in the museum, which shows a part of the wide variety of artworks under a specific perspective. Art education has a very important place in the museum.
You can visit their official website to check the current exhibitions, opening times and ticket prices: Thun Kunstmuseum.

Tank museum

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.

Lake Thun
Lake Thun

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.

Thun old town
Thun old town
Thun old town
Thun old town

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.

If you have any questions about top things to do in Thun, please let me know, I will do my best to help you.

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