When traveling in Switzerland, it’s not only the spectacular snow-capped mountains, scenic train rides, and Swiss cheese you can find. Exploring the cities like Thun, you may stumble upon little gems like Wocher Panorama, a.k.a. Thun Panorama—the oldest known surviving panorama in the world.
Thun Panorama is a cyclorama of the Thun Old Town, depicting daily life in the city way back in the early 19th century (1809 and 1814) when Marquard Wocher painted it. Although Thun Panorama didn’t gather as much fame as the artworks in Florence and Paris, I think it is still an interesting masterpiece. It is a beautiful discovery one can find in Thun.
In this post, you’ll see what Thun Panorama looks like, know some reasons to visit Thun Panorama, see where it is exactly, and know what you can expect to see if you decide to visit Thun Panorama. Let’s get started!
When I was younger, I loved traveling because it allowed me to escape life. I had a very stressful job, and traveling was my happy pill. However, I did not quickly notice that I was doing vanity travel, too.
I traveled for the ‘gram (Instagram). Aside from traveling for an escape, I wanted to travel because I liked to impress the people around me—even the ones I barely knew.
Years later, I grew up and realized that it was not the proper motivation for traveling.
So, I promised myself that if I travel again, it must be meaningful and valuable as much as possible. If it is not about making memorable moments with the people I love, it should be about learning and self-improvement.
If that’s also your goal for traveling, you now have a reason to see Thun Panorama. It’s where the essence of visiting Thun Panorama comes in.
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The Reason To Visit Thun Panorama
Aside from the fact that visiting or seeing some of the world’s most incredible places or things gives a sense of pride and accomplishment, Thun Panorama is actually a source of inspiration and creativity.
Thun Panorama is an impressive artwork, notable for its size (7.5 meters by 38 meters), level of detail, and accuracy. I was fascinated to see the part of the panorama where even the residents of Thun were depicted peeking out the windows of their houses.
At the same time, discovering new art, such as the Thun Panorama, when traveling can be a way to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture and history of a place.
I think it’s an opportunity to gain a more meaningful and enriched travel experience.
By looking at Thun Panorama, your visit to Thun will no longer only be physical travel. You will be transported back in time! You’ll get a glimpse of the lives of the early residents of Thun.
Where Is Thun Panorama?
If I have convinced you to visit Thun Panorama, let me now guide you to visit it. Let’s begin with the question, where actually is Thun Panorama?
Thun Panorama is located in Schadau Park—the park beside the point where River Aare and Lake Thun meet. This artwork is near the little forest of the park, a few steps away from the Schadau Castle.
Here’s the location of Thun Panorama as shown in Schadau Park Map:
Let’s say you are from Thun Train station, then you have two options to reach Thun Panorama or Schadau Park. You can either go for a 15-minute walk or a 3-minute bus ride.
If you prefer walking from Thun train station to Thun Panorama, you can walk along Seestrasse. It’s the road beside the Thun Ship Canal, and it has a sidewalk with a tree cover and lovely views of the canal. It’s a pleasant stroll if the weather’s great!
Alternatively, to get to Thun Panorama/Schadau Park, you hop on bus no. 1 from the train station and alight at Scherzligen/Schadau bus stop. The bus stop is near Scherzligen Kirche (church), only a few steps from Schaudau Park.
What Is Inside Thun Panorama?
Thun Panorama is an outstanding piece of art, both in terms of its size and the time period it was created. It is one of the most exceptional panoramas you can find in Switzerland. Another is called the Bourbaki Panorama, which is one of the best things to do in Lucerne for a 3-day trip.
The amount of patience and dedication shown by Wocher is truly admirable and inspiring. Did you know, Wocher created Thun Panorama while sitting on the roof of a house in Old Town Thun?
Here’s the result of his dedication:
You can view Thun Panorama on a multi-level circular platform. Sitting on the top level can make you feel that you’re Wocher in the early 19th century, overlooking Thun as he paints his masterpiece.
Below are more close-up shots of Thun Panorama.
Let’s have a little fun! I challenge you to spot them, too, when you visit Thun Panorama.
Exploring Old Town Thun first and visiting Thun Panorama next, you will realize that some of the buildings in Thun, painted by Wocher, still exist even today! It’s one of the things that I admire about European cities—the commitment to preserving their heritage.
If you want to know more about Thun Panorama, visiting the artwork in its cylindrical brick home won’t leave you empty-handed with new knowledge.
You can borrow audio guides from the reception area (available in multiple languages), or you may just check the historical information boards and interactive screens on the viewing platforms. The educational materials inside the Thun Panorama also discuss the story of how authorities restored the artwork after it was discovered in the 1950s.
How Long To Visit Thun Panorama?
Depending on how fast you check things out, your visit to Thun Panorama can last for a few minutes to an hour. That includes seeing the entire panorama and learning the history of Thun Panorama using videos and audio guides.
Thun Panorama also has a bistro with a wide range of drinks and snacks. Its bistro has indoor and alfresco seating (available depending on the weather) with lovely views of Schadau Park. Eating and chillin’ after seeing the panorama may lengthen your stay.
Are you looking for ways to visit Thun? Do you want to know how much time you must spend? My posts below can help.
Thun Panorama Visiting Information
The last time I checked, Thun Panorama is only open during non-winter months (usually first week of March until last week of November or the first week of December). During those months, you can only enter Thun Panorama from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday.
The admission fee is 9 CHF per adult.
However, suppose you want to visit Thun Panorama and other tourist attractions in Thun, i.e., Thun Castle and Kunstmuseum Thun (art museum). In that case, you might like to purchase a combined ticket:
- 15 CHF = Kunstmuseum Thun + Thun Panorama
- 13 CHF = Schloss Thun + Thun Panorama
Note: You have free access to Thun Panorama, Thun Castle, and Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) Thun if you have a Swiss Travel Pass. You can see all the visiting information from the Official website of Thun Panorama, linked at the end of this post.
See more tourist attractions in Thun!
Previously, I mentioned Thun Castle. It’s the primary tourist attraction in Thun, and it is unmissable if you’re visiting Thun. If you want to know more about it you can check this out: Thun Castle: View Points, What To Expect & How To Visit
Thun Castle is located in Thun Old Town. Before you visit Thun Castle, make sure you see at least two or three of the most beautiful scenes in Thun Old Town. Check this out: Old Town Thun: 5 Picturesque Places Worth Seeing
Discover the most beautiful castle in Lake Thun: Oberhofen Castle: Why You Should Visit & How To Visit
Is Thun Panorama Worth Seeing?
Thun Panorama is a unique and interesting artwork that offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past with a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and its surrounding landscapes. However, the admission fee of 9 CHF is slightly expensive for a quick visit to see one artwork.
I recommend that you only visit Thun Panorama if you already have a Swiss Travel Pass, as it allows you to enter the panorama for free. Visiting Thun Panorama is a great way to make the most of your Swiss Travel Pass. Take advantage of this opportunity!
And if you don’t have a Swiss Travel Pass, you might still want to visit Thun Panorama, especially if you plan to enter the Thun art museum or Thun Castle. You can get so much value for a day well spent in Thun for only a small bump in price.
Do you need more ideas where to go in Thun? I can help you with that! You can try reading: Is Lake Thun Worth Visiting: 10 Beautiful Places To Visit. (Links open in a new tab)
Sources: Thun Panorama
Do you want to learn more about Thun Panorama? You can check this link to Thun Panorama’s official website. From it, you can check the latest visiting hours and know whether there is another exhibition inside the Thun Panorama.
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