Charming cities rich in history and surrounded by natural beauty have never failed to spark my wanderlust. One of these cities in Switzerland is Thun. With a preserved medieval city center and located in Bernese Oberland, you are guaranteed fairytale experiences during your visit to Thun.
In this post, I’ll show you maps of Thun to help you plan your trip to Thun. You will discover not only the location of the tourist attractions in Thun but also the hidden gems and scenic spots you wouldn’t like to miss during your visit.
Not all places of interest in Thun listed on these maps are tagged and can be easily found on Google Maps. With these maps I’ll share with you, researching Thun will be quicker—that’s for sure.
A few words… As a map enthusiast, creating a map that can help other people simply fulfills me. I hope you find my maps really helpful as you plan your Thun trip. So, let’s get started! 😀
A map of Thun on a single scale can be hard to navigate, especially for Thun Old Town, which is packed with charming sights and hidden gems. So, for a better experience, I have split the map into two parts: one focusing on Thun Old Town and another showing the wider area of the city.
I included brief information for each tourist attraction shown on the map. The map coordinates and Google Map links of each tourist attraction in Thun are also available here.
Exploring Thun, I found 15 places you might want to visit. They’re a mix of city landmarks, historical sites, and picture spots. Out of the 15, 10 are in Thun Old Town.
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Thun Old Town Map: 10 Places of Interest & Vantage Points
Compared to other old towns in Switzerland (i.e., Bern or Lucerne), Thun Old Town is undoubtedly smaller and has fewer things to see. Nevertheless, Thun Old Town is unique and charming in its own way. Its tourist attractions should show you.
Here is the map of Thun Old Town with its places of interest and different vantage points.
Below are the map coordinates linked to Google Maps. Click the name of the tourist attractions to learn more about them.
Also, check this out: Old Town Thun: 5 Picturesque Places Worth Seeing
Looking for different ways to travel in Switzerland? Check my itineraries below.
1. Thun Castle
Thun Castle is the primary landmark of Thun, visible in many parts of the city. This imposing structure sitting on a hill overlooking the Old Town has a long history dating back to the late 12th century.
Throughout the ages, it served many purposes, primarily in city administration and administering justice. Today, it has a museum featuring artifacts and items that story-tell the history of the surrounding region.
You can climb to the top of Thun Castle’s tower and behold a stunning view of Stadtkirche Thun with the Bernese Alps in the backdrop. See what it looks like from my post, Thun Castle: Viewpoints, What to Expect & How to Visit.
2. Stadtkirche Thun
Stadtkirche Thun, or the central church of Thun, is another landmark in Thun that dominates the skyline of Thun Old City. It’s an oasis of tranquility, overflowing with simplistic elegance you can observe from its white walls and brown tile roof.
This early 14th-century church (reformed) has some of the quaintest scenes in Town. Under its clock tower, you can find partly faded frescoes that narrate the belief of the residents of Thun for ages. Fascinating.
Kirchtreppe is one of the hidden gems of Thun Old Town. It is a wooden staircase that links the castle grounds (Schlossberg — top of castle hill) and Old Town’s main street (Obere Hauptgasse).
There are several paths to Thun Castle from Thun Old Town, and Kirchtreppe is one of them. You should use it at least once (either going up or down to or from Thun Castle) because it’s another quaint experience in Thun.
Kirchtreppe’s symmetrical gables will inspire you to take photos as you climb up this stairway.
For urban/city explorers, who like discovering and appreciating the hidden gems/off-the-beaten-path of a city, Chutziturm is one of the places in Thun you might be looking for.
It is a 13th-century city fortification, restored by city marksmen and men’s choir in the 1950s. The tower’s quaint appearance is a lovely subject for a photograph. Today, this tower functions as a restaurant and event place, used by locals and companies during special events.
For travelers, it’s a quaint architectural discovery you can find as you explore the city. You can learn more about Chutziturm from their official website, linked in the resources section of this post.
If you are looking for the most beautiful old buildings in Thun, Rathausplatz is the place to be. In Rathausplatz, you can find preserved buildings dating back as early as the 14th century.
As its name suggests, in Rathausplatz, you can find the Town Hall (Rathaus), a 15th-century building with eye-catching historic charm. The oldest building is called Hotel Rathaus, a 14th-century building that is considered the oldest brick house in Thun.
Rathausplatz is also an excellent viewing spot for Thun Castle. The castle dominates the sky view of the square, which looks so magical.
Go back to the map of Thun Old Town to see where Rathausplatz is. Rathausplatz is the centrally located place of interest in Thun Old Thun. From here, you can quickly go to Obere Hauptgasse, Bällizbrücke, Thun Castle, or Chutziturm.
6. Obere Hauptgasse
Obere Hauptgasse is the place in Thun that made me realize that Thun is unique. This street, flanked by houses in an old-world style, has a raised pavement which Thun is famous for.
Here, you’ll see some stores are literally under the raised pavement. It also has arcades to remind you of the picturesque streets in Bern. And yes, wandering on its cobblestone streets should send your imagination centuries in the past.
Fun thing to do: spot the mural of the standard bearer of Thun’s coat of arms.
Thun’s residents embellish the railings of the raised pavement in Obere Hauptgasse with flowers during the summer months. It’s the part of the year when this street becomes absolutely romantic.
You can check the map of Thun Old Town to see where Obere Hauptgasse is. If you’re already in Obere Hauptgasse, the closest places of interest you can go to next are Untere Schleuse Brücke, Obere Schleuse Brücke, Rathausplatz, Kirchtreppe, and Bällizbrücke.
A while ago, I mentioned Bern. If you need an idea of you can explore the Swiss capital city, here is what I can recommend:
7. Obere Schleuse Brücke
If you are familiar with Lucerne and visit Thun, you might also realize that Thun is like the smaller version of Lucerne. Thun’s wooden covered bridges are reminiscent of Lucerne’s.
However, Thun’s wooden bridges also serve as locks, used to prevent flooding in the old town. These bridges or locks connect the three parts of Thun Old Town on the northern and southern banks of the Aare River and Bälliz island in the middle.
If you arrive in Thun using the train, Obere Schleuse Brücke is the first you can find. It is located on the southern tip of Bälliz island, and you only have to walk for a very few minutes to reach it from the train station.
Obere Schleuse Brücke is worth seeing as it can bring nostalgia to travelers for its quaint appearance, decorated with flowers in some parts of the year. Its dark wooden materials look stunning over the turquoise water of the Aare River.
Check its exact location on my map of Old Town Thun. After seeing Obere Schleuse Brücke, the closest tourist attraction you can see next is Untere Schleuse Brücke, Obere Hauptgasse, or Kunstmuseum Thun.
A while ago, I mentioned Lucerne. It’s a beautiful city with impressive landmarks and near to some of the best mountain excursions in central Switzerland. Discover Lucerne from my posts below.
- 10 Best Things To Do In Lucerne For Three Days
- Best Way To Spend Two Days In Lucerne
- How To Spend One Day In Lucerne
8. Untere Schleuse Brücke
If you stroll at Bälliz island’s quai to the north from Obere Schleuse Brücke, you can find Untere Schleuse Brücke. It is the second covered wooden bridge that links Bälliz to the central Thun Old Town.
Like Obere Schleuse Brücke, Untere Schleuse Brücke looks eye-pleasing over the blue water of the Aare River. If you like, you can cross the river through it (you can do the same as Obere Schleuse Brücke) and see the mechanism of the lock that controls the flow of the river.
During summer, you may see locals surfing in the river in Untere or Obere Schleuse Brücke. You may want to stay along River Aare near these bridges/locks for a while to see some tricks.
The exact location of Untere Schleuse Brücke in Thun Old Town Map. Let’s say you’re currently here on this bridge; the nearest tourist attractions are Bällizbrücke, Obere Hauptgasse, and Rathausplatz.
For me, Bällizbrücke is the best place to go in Thun Old Town to take a selfie for a photo souvenir. From this bridge, you get a view of the central Thun Old Town skyline with Thun Castle in the middle part—a scene perfect for photos!
This bridge is another hidden gem in Thun, as only a few come here. Untere or Obere Schleuse Brücke gets all the attention when it comes to the bridges in the city. Neither do they know that Bällizbrücke has some of the best views in town.
10. Kunstmuseum Thun
If you are in Thun and bad weather strikes, Thun Castle isn’t the only place you can go to save your day. Thun has an art museum, and it’s a nice place to discover beautiful contrasts in the city.
Instead of things from the medieval ages, like how Thun Old Town appears, Kunstmuseum Thun has modern artworks. I am not a fan of Modern art, but checking some of the masterpieces may be fun, especially if you like figuring out their message.
If you want to visit Kunstmuseum Thun, you may check the visiting information at their website. I linked the official website of Kunstmuseum Thun in the resources section of this post.
Wondering where the Kunstmuseum Thun? Check it out on my map of Old Town Thun. If you make your way to Kunstmuseum Thun, the next place you might want to see next is The Skyline of Thun from Aare River (see next part).
Map of Thun: 5 Tourist Attractions & Scenic Spots Outside Old Town
Thun is located in a region that I think is one of the most beautiful in the world—Bernese Oberland. It is also situated beside a lake named after itself, Lake Thun. This lake has five castles on its shores, which makes it the most fairytale lake in Switzerland.
Visiting Thun, the picture-perfect castles, and the magical scenes in Lake Thun are all within your reach. Some are only one bus ride away from Thun Old Town. Check them out:
Below are the map coordinates linked to Google Maps. Click the name of the tourist attractions to learn more about them.
If you want to discover the different tourist attractions and things to do in Lake Thun, you can check my post: Is Lake Thun Worth Visiting: 10 Beautiful Places To Visit.
Find ways to visit and explore Thun!
Discover how you can explore Thun Old Town and the nearby tourist attractions in Lake Thun using my Lake Thun Itinerary: How To Spend One Day (Detailed Guide) or Best Way To Spend One Day In Thun (Day Trip Itinerary)
Bächimattpromenade is the most beautiful vantage point of Thun Old Town outside the city center.
Along this riverside promenade, you can see the city’s skyline from its most magical angle, including four of the most notable landmarks in the city: Thun Castle, Stadtkirche Thun, Kunstmuseum Thun, and Obere Schleuse Brücke.
It’s a hidden gem, a place with the awe-inspiring scenery of Thun Old Town to inspire you to pull your camera from your bag/pockets and shoot photographs.
You can bring snacks to Bächimattpromenade and have a pleasant picnic beside the river while sitting on the benches. The sound of the flowing river and the scenery are absolutely relaxing—so lovely to have as you savor your snacks.
Also, it can be a simple romantic spot to have little but beautiful moments during your travels if you are with your loved ones.
If you haven’t checked Bächimattpromenade’s location, click this link to go back to Map of Thun. Bächimattpromenade is less than a 10-minute walk from Kunstmuseum. And if you’re from the train station, you can hop on Bus #21 and alight at the Bächimatt bus stop (a 6 to 7-minute bus ride).
2. Schadau Castle
Schadau Castle is the closest castle outside Thun Old Town which you would not like to miss if it’s purely fairytale scenes you want to see: charming castle, lovely lawns, and a picture-perfect panorama of lake and mountains.
Unlike Thun Castle, which has functioned mainly as a city government building, Schadau Castle was owned and used as a home by rich feuds. Its beautiful “Anglo-Gallic” gothic architecture proves it became a residence of a wealthy personality.
Today, Schadau Castle functions as a hotel and a restaurant. And you may only see its beautiful interiors if you book a night in the castle or reserve a table for lunch or dinner. It’s kinda sad, and I hope they offer castle tours in the future.
Although that is the case as of this writing, I still think Schadau Castle is a nice place to see when in Thun. The awe-inspiring view of the Bernese Oberland from Schadau Park is priceless! (Also, believe it or not, Schadau Castle was hailed as the Historical Hotel of the Year in 2021.)
It’s literally priceless because there’s no fee to access the park. LOL.
To get to Schadau Castle quickly anywhere in Thun, find a bus following route #1. If you’re from the train station, it’s only a 5-minute ride.
3. Thun Panorama
Did you know that a world record lies in Thun?
It is Thun Panorama or Wocher Panorama—the oldest surviving panorama in the world. It was created by Marquard Rocher, who preserved the view of Thun’s skyline back in the early 19th century.
Thun Panorama is located in Schadau Park’s mini forest southwest of Schadau Castle. Kept inside a simple cylindrical structure that might look like a medieval defensive tower from afar, Thun Panorama is like a treasure inside a simple chest.
If you are curious about what Thun Panorama looks like inside and outside, you can check my post, Thun Panorama: Why You Must See It & How to Visit.
Not sure where exactly Thun Panorama is? You can check my Map of Thun. Like Schadau Castle, you can ride on bus #1 and alight at Schadau Park bus stop to get here quickly.
4. Hünegg Castle
Visiting Lake Thun, you can literally go castle hopping for an entire day and see different magical scenes.
Among the castles in the lake, I think Hünegg Castle is the off-the-beaten-path type. This castle is an underrated place, which can be an alternative to Schadau, especially if you want to see elegant castle interiors without staying for a night.
It also has a lovely park and beautiful views of Lake Thun & the surrounding mountains. And, yes, Hünegg Castle also has a cafeteria where you can have refreshments after strolling in the park.
By the way, Hünegg Castle is the youngest of the castles around Lake Thun, dating back to only the 19th century.
Although that is the case, its castle museum can still time-transport you into another bygone age. The set-up of the castle’s interiors was so preserved that many say that it seems that the castle’s owner in the 19th century just left yesterday!
To get to Hünegg Castle from Thun, hop on either Bus #21 or #25 at the train station and alight at “Hilterfingen, Post.” Then, from the bus stop, walk for 3 to 5 minutes in Thun’s direction. The total travel time is 15 minutes.
5. Oberhofen Castle
For me, Oberhofen Castle is the ultimate destination in Lake Thun. This castle, dating back to the early 13th century, is also the most picturesque, thanks to its water tower that can be photographed with the Swiss alps in the background.
Oberhofen Castle has a spacious park with breathtaking views, a rustic castle museum, and a unique room that’s totally out of the alpine world. That room is called Oriental Smoking Room, and architecture lovers wouldn’t like to miss it.
The Oriental Smoking Room is only a fraction of the overall beautiful impression that you might have of Oberhofen Castle, though. But it’s pretty fascinating to see for its intricate middle eastern style.
Seeing the design of the Oberhofen Castle Oriental Smoking Room’s woodcraft and the fabric is one of the unique discoveries you can have in the Bernese Oberland region.
Exploring Oberhofen Castle’s Museum, you can also find objects you only see in movies set in the Middle Ages. There are armor, old portraits of the castle owners, and more. I even saw a painting of Oberhofen Castle centuries ago, and, incredibly, nothing much has changed in the castle’s structure since the artwork was created.
I have a separate article about Oberhofen Castle. In this post, I also give my opinion on when you should visit Oberhofen Castle and how long you might spend visiting the castle. Have a look at my article, Oberhofen Castle: Why You Should Visit & How To Visit.
If you missed its location, you can recheck my Map of Thun. You can get to Oberhofen Castle from Thun by boat or by bus. Please check my post about Oberhofen Castle to see full details.
Resources: Map of Thun, Switzerland
Alright! That’s my list of things to do in Thun and maps of Thun. I hope that you find them helpful for your trip. By the way, below are the links that you can use for further research about Thun’s tourist attractions.
If you are planning a trip to Thun and you haven’t booked a place to stay yet, here’s where you can find the best hotel deals in Thun and Bernese Oberland. You can find more things to do in Bernese Oberland here.
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