Is Lake Thun Worth Visiting: 10 Beautiful Places To Visit

I always consider people living near a lake some of the luckiest people in the world. Being so close to a lake, they have quick access to the best free therapy in the world: nature.

Swiss people living in Bernese Oberland are fortunate, especially those who stay around Lake Thun. Their lake is not only one of the most beautiful but also the most magical in all of Switzerland. In this post, I’ll tell you why. 

These are only two of the reasons why I think Lake Thun is a great place to be. However, as tourists, there is more to convince us to see the lake. Primarily, they are the heaven-on-earth lake scenery, breathtaking destinations, and fairytale tourist attractions.

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Although a small country, Switzerland is packed with natural attractions and idyllic places. Choosing where to go to unwind in nature or see awe-inspiring scenery can be really tough, especially when you only plan for a short Switzerland trip. 

There’s no shame in a short trip to Switzerland, by the way!

It’s really an expensive country to travel to! And honestly, I think a Switzerland trip (no matter how short) is already a fulfilling privilege.

Because traveling in Switzerland is costly, you might want to maximize your trip by visiting places that offer more than just spectacular natural scenery.

That is why you must consider visiting Lake Thun.

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Daily scene in Lake Thun in Oberhofen, Switzerland
Daily scene in Lake Thun (Oberhofen Area)
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Lake Thun is not only a lake with scenic boat rides and epic hikes.

It is the largest lake in Bernese Oberland which we can call the “most fairytale lake in Switzerland.” Why? Because it has magical castles, idyllic hamlets, charming towns, and legendary mountains surrounding it—places we often see in fantasy movies.

Fantastic, right?! 😀

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So, where is Lake Thun?

You can find Lake Thun 30 kilometers south of Bern. If you are from Bern, Lake Thun is the first part of Bernese Oberland that you’ll reach (assuming that you are taking the shortest route). 

Moving around and within Lake Thun can be done by different means of transportation.

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Boat cruising in Lake Thun, Switzerland
Boat cruising in Lake Thun
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You can go to different sides of the lake by car or by boat. To be more efficient with your time and money, you may utilize the buses and trains servicing two sides of the lake. (Northern shore = bus #21; southern shore = trains)

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Scenic drives in around Lake Thun, Switzerland
Scenic drives in around Lake Thun
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Going to the tourist attractions and towns around Lake Thun wouldn’t be so tough even without a car. As long as you plan your trip well aligned with the public transportation departure schedules, you should be fine. 

Switzerland has immaculate public transportation—they’re known for it. You can find the boat schedule in Lake Thun and public transportation timetables in the resources section at the end of this post.

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Should You Visit Lake Thun?

Now that you know what and where Lake Thun is, let me now give my opinion to the question most people ask about Lake Thun. Is Lake Thun worth visiting?

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Beautiful places around Lake Thun, Switzerland
Beautiful places around Lake Thun
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Lake Thun has idyllic alpine scenery beyond belief—a scenery you must see. Surrounded by five awe-inspiring castles, culturally insightful places, and breathtaking viewpoints, we can all agree that Lake Thun is really a special place truly worth visiting. 

However, before you decide to visit Lake Thun, you may like to consider a few things first. Like, the ease of travel, availability of tourist destinations, and weather. 

One of the things that I always consider when visiting a tourist destination is the ease of travel. It does really affect the overall experience of the trip. I believe you also consider this, too. 

Anyway, as you may already know, in the case of Lake Thun, there’s no major problem with visitors’ transportation to get to the lake and move around the lake. So, if you also consider the ease of travel before visiting a destination, you can mark Lake Thun a “go” on this matter. 

However, I think it’s only the frequency of the boat service that needs a little improvement. During the peak season, they can really be filled with tourists.

Another thing that you may consider before visiting Lake Thun is the weather and season. Since Lake Thun is an outdoor destination, it’s definitely more reasonable to visit during summer when the weather is typically dry and sunny. 

Besides, not all of Lake Thun’s tourist attractions are open during the winter months. Let’s take Oberhofen Castle as an example. 

For me, as an old-world architecture enthusiast, a trip to Lake Thun is incomplete without seeing Oberhofen Castle’s museum. You can explore the castle grounds all year, but the castle museum is only open from mid-May to October.

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Oberhofen Castle in Lake Thun during a cloudy day, Switzerland
Oberhofen Castle in Lake Thun during a cloudy day
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By the way, I’m not discouraging you from visiting Lake Thun when it is not summer, but it is definitely worth it to see the lake when it is warm and the skies are blue. Also, your photos should look way better when the surroundings are not gray and foggy!

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Are you looking for ways to visit Thun? Do you want to know how much time you must spend? My posts below can help.

  1. Thun Switzerland Map: 15 Best Things to Do & Tourist Spots
  2. Lake Thun Itinerary: How To Spend One Day (Detailed Guide)
  3. Best Way To Spend One Day In Thun (Day Trip Itinerary)
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10 Tourist Attractions Around Lake Thun

To justify why I think Lake Thun is worth visiting, I will show you the beautiful tourist destinations around Lake Thun—the reasons why you would like to spend time in Lake Thun. 

And if you ever decide to visit Lake Thun, the information that you will find under this part of this blog post should also help you to plan your Lake Thun trip. 

Let’s get started!

1. Thun Castle

Previously, I mentioned that Lake Thun is the most fairytale lake in Switzerland because of the castles built around it.

If you come from Bern, the first castle that you can find is Thun Castle. It is the castle of Thun, the town 30 minutes from the Swiss Capital. Looking at the map, Thun is the town perched on the northernmost shores of Lake Thun.

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Location of Thun Castle and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Location of Thun Castle
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Thun Castle dates back to the 13th century. Today it functions as a museum where you can find new cultural and historical items. But throughout the years, it has served many purposes, mostly for governance and imposing justice in Thun. 

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View of Thun Castle from Aare River, Switzerland
View of Thun Castle from Aare River
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So, how does Thun Castle make Lake Thun worth visiting?

For me, the main reason is the view of the Bernese Oberland on top of Thun Castle. It is one of the most picturesque in the region. 

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View of Bernese Oberland from the top of Thun Castle in Thun, Switzerland
View of Bernese Oberland from the top of Thun Castle
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From the tower windows of Thun Castle, you see an overlooking panorama that includes Thun, Lake Thun, and the snowy peaks of the Bernese Oberland. A magical scene of Thun Stadtkirche with the snow-capped mountains in the background can be photographed from the tower.

However, architecturally speaking, Thun Castle looks pretty simple and militaristic. It looks more like a fortress than a castle! 

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Thun Castle close up view from the courtyard in Thun, Switzerland
Thun Castle close up view from the courtyard
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Thun Castle’s exteriors are fairly plain compared to other famous European castles. It does not even have lavish aristocratic rooms or palatial halls. But it has exhibits to give you insights into the history of the region.

There are many I want to share about Thun Castle. Discover everything that you need to know about Thun Castle from my post, Thun Castle: View Points, What To Expect & What To See.

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2. Schadau Castle

Another reason why Lake Thun is a splendid destination is definitely Schadau Castle. It’s another castle in the town of Thun, sitting in an English park beside the point where Lake Thun starts flowing down to the Aare River.

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Location of Schadau Castle and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Location of Schadau Castle
Facade of Schadau Castle in Thun, Switzerland
Facade of Schadau Castle
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Schadau Castle has a long history that dates back to the mid-14th century to the time when it was only a small manor house. 

Three centuries later, the von Erlach family bought the property and transformed the Schadau manor into a mini castle. They built a wall around it soon after. 

The mini castle and the wall survived until the Kander River was regulated to flow to Lake Thun. The additional supply of water from the Kander River made the surface level of Lake Thun rise, sinking parts of the castle. And the only remaining remnant of the castle’s fortification is the octagonal tower near the banks of the Aare River.

Fast Forward to the 19th century, major rehabilitation of Schadau Castle took place when its new owners earned tremendous money from Paris and the King of Prussia. The swamp that surrounded the castle was transformed into a spacious English Garden. 

This repair of Schadau Castle resulted in a stunning “Anglo-Gallic” gothic architectural masterpiece with Renaissance elements from its original form. Some say that the fairytale flair of the Schadau Castle is similar to the castles in Loire valley and Tudor Gothic castles.

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Beautiful details of Schadau Castle’s exteriors in Thun, Switzerland
Beautiful details of Schadau Castle’s exteriors
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In the last decade, a lot has happened in Schadau Castle. The castle was even on the brink of demolition because it was not used and taken care of for a few decades.

However, the demolition campaign of Schadau Castle did not happen, but new renovations were made instead. Schadau Castle served new purposes, too. It became an alcohol-free restaurant, a vegetable farm during the world wars, and a Swiss Gastronomy Museum. 

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Lovely lawns and flowers in Schadau Park in Thun, Switzerland
Lovely lawns and flowers in Schadau Park
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Now, Schadau Castle is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful hotels. In 2021, it was given the title “the Historical Hotel of the Year”—a coveted title awarded by ICOMOS or the International Council on Monuments and Sites. 

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Schadau Castle seen from Lake Thun, Switzerland
Schadau Castle seen from Lake Thun
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And indeed, Schadau Castle is definitely one of the most notable historical and architectural masterpieces in Bernese Oberland. Its imposing neo-gothic exteriors and preserved 1850s interiors are a marvel you can’t miss. 

Some notable features of its interiors are the sandstone spiral staircase in the entrance, the elegant faux marble in the eastern corridor, and the leather wall coverings in Rougemont Hall. The scenes inside the castle will make you feel like you’re the prince or princess in your own fairytale story.

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Schadau Castle's octagonal tower and beautiful interiors in Thun, Switzerland
Schadau Castle’s octagonal tower and beautiful interiors
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However, As far as I know, you can only tour the Schadau castle if you are checked in. You can book a romantic night in Schadau Castle from this link.

Suppose you want to see Schadau Castle and learn more about its architecture. In that case, you can buy the Swiss Art Guidebook at the reception of the Hotel Restaurant Schloss Schadau for CHF 15.

You can learn more about the restaurant and other services Schadau Castle offers from their official website, linked at the end of this post. 

But if you’re like me, a budget traveler and a wanderer, strolling in Schadau Park may be a satisfying experience already. Besides, if you want to see aristocratic castle interiors, there are cheaper alternatives like Hunegg Castle or Oberhofen Castle.

Going back to Schadau Park…

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A scenic picnic in Schadau Park in Thun, Switzerland
A scenic picnic in Schadau Park
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Schadau Park is one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever discovered in Switzerland—thanks to the ultimately romantic vibes and scenic views from the park! A spectacular panorama of Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps awaits you.

There are a lot of trees in the English park. Sometimes, you can find tourists having a picnic under those trees. If you want that too, you may no longer bring your own food because the restaurant can prepare everything for you.

Exploring Schadau park, you may stumble upon a circular brick building. It may not look very interesting outside, but come inside it, and you’ll see Thun Panorama (or Wocher Panorama)—the oldest surviving panorama in the world!

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Thun Panorama (Part 1 and Part 2) in Thun, Switzerland
Thun Panorama (Part 1 and Part 2)
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Do you want to see a preview of Thun Panorama? Check out my post, Thun Panorama: Why You Must See It & How To Visit.

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3. Hunegg Castle

Often, I notice… the older the buildings, the more elaborate they are and the more impressive they look. Hunegg Castle is an exception. Despite being less than 200 years old, I think the castle is still one of Bernese Oberland’s most notable buildings.

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Location of Hunegg Castle and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Location of Hunegg Castle
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Looking from the outside, Schadau Castle looks more eye-pleasing than Hunegg Castle. But when it comes to the interiors, Hunegg Castle is unique and incomparable to other castles around Lake Thun all because of the Art Nouveau style it manifests. Absolutely marvelous!

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Architecture of Hunegg Castle in Thun, Switzerland
Architecture of Hunegg Castle
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Expect to be transported back into the 19th century when you come inside Hunegg Castle. Its interiors are meticulously preserved. 

What do most people say when they visit Hunegg Castle? They say that the vibes inside it are like the castle’s owner in the 19th century just left yesterday!

If you are on a budget and want to enter a real castle, Hunegg Castle is your alternative to Schadau Castle. Why? Because Hunegg Castle is a museum with permanent exhibitions.

You do not need to book expensive accommodation just to see its rooms and halls.

The exhibitions’ themes are mainly Renaissance Revival and Art Nouveau paintings, architectural elements, furniture, and other interesting rarities.

There are also special temporary exhibitions in Hunegg Castle. For 2023, the castle museum showcases the history of shipping on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The exhibition is called Liechti Shipping Archive, one of the largest of its kind.

When you visit Hunegg Castle, don’t forget to visit its balcony. It’s a stunning vantage point overlooking Lake Thun and the castle’s park—the unmissable view from the castle. 

Speaking of the park, Hunegg Castle’s park is a carefully designed green oasis, boasting over 5 hectares of lush greenery and breathtaking views. The park is open year-round; you can enjoy the area’s natural beauty at any time of the year.

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Hunegg Castle’s Facade by Tiger 99 from Wikimedia Commons (beside Lake Thun, Switzerland)
Hunegg Castle’s Facade by Tiger 99 from Wikimedia Commons
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As you enter the park, you’ll be greeted by a stunning pergola with central fountain architecture and a beautiful castle café—perfect for a break and a refreshment.

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Hunegg Castle’s Park by Tiger 99 from Wikimedia Commons (beside Lake Thun, Switzerland)
Hunegg Castle’s Park by Tiger 99 from Wikimedia Commons
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Don’t forget to explore the park, as you may stumble upon a charming miniature house from 1865 and a viewing pavilion. You’ll love the scenery from the pavilion, offering panoramic views of Lake Thun, the foothills, and the Alps. 

The park’s original route is still maintained to this day, allowing visitors to experience the park in its full glory.

If you want to learn more about Hunegg Castle, I left a link to its official website at the end of this post. The castle’s visiting information is there as well as the announcements for the latest changes to temporary exhibitions.

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4. Oberhofen Castle

Switzerland has some of the most magical scenery in the world. They are like the scenes we see in fairy tale movies and series on big screens. One of them is in Oberhofen, a small town on the northern shores of Lake Thun.

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Oberhofen Castle’s location beside Lake Thun, Switzerland
Oberhofen Castle’s location
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Oberhofen has its own castle. Obviously, it is called Oberhofen Castle. And it’s here your fantasies from your favorite fantasy movies will come true.

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Oberhofen Castle in Lake Thun and its entrance in Thun, Switzerland
Oberhofen Castle in Lake Thun and its entrance
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For me, Oberhofen Castle is one of the main reasons why Lake Thun is worth visiting.

This castle, dating back to the 13th century, has an iconic picture-perfect appearance, an expansive scenic park, a magnificent castle museum, and a restaurant where you can create an ultimately memorable moment you can cherish all your life.

Oberhofen Castle is Lake Thun’s counterpart for the famous Chillon Castle in Lake Geneva near Montreux. It’s a feast for the eye, especially its water tower, which Oberhofen Castle is renowned for and can be photographed with the snowy peaks of the Bernese Alps in the backdrop. 

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Two sides of the water tower of Oberhofen Castle seen from a boat in Lake Thun, Switzerland
Two sides of the water tower of Oberhofen Castle seen from a boat in Lake Thun
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A visit to Oberhofen Castle has two main parts: relaxing in its vast castle park and marveling at the extraordinary castle interiors. Sightseeing outside the castle grounds and taking photos of its water tower is only the tip of the iceberg of the overall experience. 

Among the parts of Oberhofen Castle, the castle park has the longest time open to the public in the entire year. If you’re looking for a place to relax, this is just the place to be. 

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View of Lake Thun from Oberhofen Castle park in Thun, Switzerland
View of Lake Thun from Oberhofen Castle park
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Not only does the castle park have a calming view of Lake Thun, but it also has benches where you can sit and spend time for some tranquil moments. 

Don’t miss the Swiss Cross plant art at the shores of Lake Thun, still in Oberhofen Castle’s park! It’s a giant flower parterre, a tradition in Oberhofen Castle since 1926. 

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Tall trees and the colorful plants inside Oberhofen Castle’s Park in Thun, Switzerland
Tall trees and the colorful plants inside Oberhofen Castle’s Park
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Speaking of greenery, Oberhofen Castle’s park has trees from different parts of the world, too. You can learn about them through the educational panel boards near the remarkable trees. You’ll indeed like wandering in the park if you’re a dendrophile.

For old-world architecture enthusiasts like me, the castle museum of Oberhofen Castle is one of the most marvelous places you will see in Bernese Oberland. 

Oberhofen Castle museum is packed with rustic things and mesmerizing interior design. Undoubtedly, stepping inside this castle will also send your consciousness back to late medieval times.

The most notable room in Oberhofen Castle you must really see is the Oriental Smoking Room. It is the most unique feature of Oberhofen Castle, commissioned by Count Albert de Pourtales, the Prussian Ambassador in Istanbul in the 19th century.

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Intricate furnitures and awe-inspiring elaboration inside Oriental Smoking Room in Oberhofen Castle, Thun, Switzerland
Intricate furnitures and awe-inspiring elaboration inside Oriental Smoking Room in Oberhofen Castle
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Inspired by eastern architecture, Oriental Smoking Room is an unusual discovery during a Lake Thun trip. The striped fabric covering the furniture, mesmerizing pattern on the ceiling, intricate woodcraft all over the room’s walls, and stained glass windows are like no other in Switzerland.

There is a lot more I want to share about Oberhofen Castle. I recommend you check my article, Oberhofen Castle: Why You Should Visit & How To Visit. (Best time to visit and how long to spend in Oberhofen Castle are included in the discussion)

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5. Spiez Castle

Among the castles around Lake Thun, Spiez Castle has the longest history, as early as the early medieval ages. Parts of the castle grounds, such as its chapel, date back to the 8th century.

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Location of Spiez Castle in Lake Thun, Switzerland
Location of Spiez Castle
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As Spiez Castle is located in Spiez, a town on the southern shores of Lake Thun, this castle lets you see a distinct scenery compared to the rest of the lake’s castles. You would like to come here to behold a different perspective of the Bernese Oberland, with vineyards surrounding you.

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Overlooking view of Spiez Castle and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Overlooking view of Spiez Castle and Lake Thun
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Spiez Castle makes Lake Thun worth exploring as it gives an experience that’s a blend of beautiful natural scenery and fascinating history.

Interestingly, as you learn Spiez Castle’s history, you discover the different parts of the castle you can explore when you visit it. It also offers an opportunity to witness the evolution of a castle over time. From its medieval tower to its baroque garden hall, the castle has undergone many modifications and renovations over the centuries, and so on…

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View of Spiez Castle with Lake Thun in the backdrop in Spiez, Switzerland
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So, let me narrate the brief history of Spiez Castle. 

Spiez Castle holds a rich history that spans centuries. Its walls—they have stood tall through wars, fires, and major renovations. The earliest written reference to the castle dates back to 762 A.D, and its oldest surviving structure, a tower, was built around 1245.

In the 15th century, the castle underwent significant renovations after a devastating fire.

During this time, the middle wing and north tract of the castle were completely rebuilt, giving the castle its current volume and arrangement. This renovation was led by the Mayors von Bubenberg, who made significant changes to the castle’s structure, including the construction of the gatehouse.

Later, during the era of the lords of von Erlach, the castle underwent another round of renovations. Almost all the main areas of the castle were extended and improved. 

Franz Ludwig von Erlach began the renovations in 1597 and lasted until 1602, which involved the middle wing, north building, and keep. He created additional living space on the first floor, shifted the castle entrance, and constructed a three-story high oriel.

When the 19th and 20th centuries came, the castle underwent further renovations. It was transformed into a magnificent manor house with a fully hipped roof, a panorama terrace, and a large garden—the appearance of the castle we can see today.

Currently, the Spiez Castle is under the care of the Spiez Castle Foundation. They are now the people who work tirelessly to preserve the castle’s rich history and stunning architecture.

You can expect more experiences aside from sightseeing when visiting Spiez Castle. The castle also has a museum, an art exhibition, and a park, perfect for a lovely stroll. You can also climb the tower of the castle for the panoramic views of Lake Thun and Spiez.

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Beautiful Garden of Spiez Castle and Spiez Chapel in Spiez, Switzerland
Beautiful Garden of Spiez Castle and Spiez Chapel
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I really recommend exploring the interiors of the castle (the white hall, to be particular), especially if you love old-world architecture. 

That room is a feast for the eye. It has intricate stuccoes, beautiful relief sculptures below the ceiling, and an elegant fireplace to make you feel like you were an aristocrat centuries ago.

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Quaint and Rustic Interiors of Spiez Castle in Spiez, Switzerland
Quaint and Rustic Interiors of Spiez Castle
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Exploring the castle, you can also expect to see many traditional displays to introduce you to the local culture and history. You can get a more authentic experience by trying some fun activities like trying on medieval armor, writing with quill and ink, and more!

You can learn more about Spiez Castle (guided tours, updated visiting information, and other announcements) from their official website, linked at the end of this post.

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View of Spiez Castle's chapel and Lake Thun from the castle tower in Spiez, Switzerland
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6. Panoramabrücke Sigriswil

If you are looking for an epic vantage point of Lake Thun, you should try Sigriswil. 

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Sigriswil location and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Sigriswil location
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Sigriswil is a small town on the slopes of Sigriswiler Rothorn, approximately 300 meters above the surface of Lake Thun. If you are from Thun, you can get to Sigriswil with just a single thirty-minute bus ride (Bus #25). 

Visiting Sigriswil, you get a rewarding view of Lake Thun with unobstructed views of Mount Niesen—the pyramid mountains of Switzerland. The best views, however, are found in the town’s main tourist attraction, the Panorama Bridge. 

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Sigriswil Panorama Bridge and the panoramic view from the bridge in Sigriswil, Swtizerland
Sigriswil Panorama Bridge and the panoramic view from the bridge in Sigriswil
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So, what exactly is this panorama bridge?

Sigriswil Panorama Bridge is a 340-meter-long suspension bridge that connects Sigriswil and Aeschlen. It is a part of the famous 56-kilometer hiking trail around lake Thun, a bridge that hangs 182 meters over Gummischlucht gorge.

I think Sigriswil Panorama is also a reason why lake Thun is worth visiting because of the exhilarating feeling that you can have while crossing it. Not only does it have a height to thrill you to the bone, but most importantly, because of the breathtaking view you can see from the bridge. 

The view from the bridge is a 360-degree eye-satisfying view, actually. 

Let’s say you are currently facing Mount Niesen and Lake Thun. If you turn around, your eyes will be blessed by the idyllic and verdant Swiss countryside dotted with chalets and barns. 

Look down, and you can spot the narrow gorge with rock formations continuously being carved by the Gutenbach River. And on a clear sunny day, the views to the south can reach as far as the Jungfrau massif. 

If you are a fan of Korean Drama, you might like to come to Sigriswil Panorama Bridge as it is one of the filming locations of Crash Landing in You TV show. 

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View of the Alps from Sigriswil and its Panorama Bridge, Switzerland
View of the Alps from Sigriswil and its Panorama Bridge
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The only downside of visiting Sigriswil Panorama Bridge is that there’s a fee to cross it. It’s only 8 CHF, though. But it would be better if they just made it free. 

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7. Saint Beatus Caves

Another reason why lake Thun is worth visiting is because of the various experiences that this lake offers.

There’s more to just a calming cruise, fairytale castles, and breathtaking viewpoints. Lake Thun also has a subterranean wonderland, and it’s called Saint Beatus Caves.

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Saint Beatus Caves location and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Saint Beatus Caves location
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Because of Saint Beatus Caves, your Lake Thun trip can still be worth it, even if it is raining, foggy, or snowing! Saint Beatus Caves is open all year round, and the overall experience you can have inside the cave is waterproof.

So, what can you expect in visiting Saint Beatus caves? 

If you’ve been inside another cave and seen stalagmites, stalactites, and mirror pools before, most of what you’ll see in Saint Beatus won’t be new. Of course, it’ll not totally be the same as the other caves.

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Stalagmites, stalactites, and mirror pools inside Saint Beatus Caves, Lake Thun, Switzerland
Stalagmites, stalactites, and mirror pools inside Saint Beatus Caves
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In a way, Saint Beatus Caves can still be a unique experience as it’s a mix of history/culture and nature. And you’ll see it as early as the start of your trip inside Saint Beatus Caves.

The legend or history of Saint Beatus Caves will be introduced in the early parts of your excursion in the cave. Through the displays in the cave, you’ll learn about the legend of Saint Beatus, who killed the fire-breathing dragon that lived inside the cave. 

You don’t need to worry if it’s dangerous inside Saint Beatus Caves. The pathways inside the cave are well-built and illuminated. 

Overall, there are more than 20+ points of interest in Saint Beatus Caves. Notable parts of the caves and different rock formations are also well-illuminated. You may check the screens or download Saint Beatus Guided Tour App on your smartphone to learn more about them.

Then, if you are really interested in the caves, you can visit the cave museum. It has some fascinating exhibits about speleology (the exploration and study of caves).

Aside from the cave, there are two places in Saint Beatus Caves. I think you’ll also like: the waterfalls outside the cave and the restaurant. 

Saint Beatus Caves’ waterfalls are absolutely picturesque when seen from the bottom. It reminds me of the structures in Rivendell, the home of the elves in the Lord of The Rings. 

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Bottom view of the waterfall outside Saint Beatus Caves in Lake Thun, Switzerland
Bottom view of the waterfall outside Saint Beatus Caves
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And the restaurant? Both tummies and eyes will be satisfied! It has a dining area offering an overlooking view of Lake Thun.

If you want to learn more about Saint Beatus Caves, you can check its official website linked at the end of this post. The latest visiting information, FAQs, and everything that you need to know is there.

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8. Niederhorn

For me, the Jungfrau Region is the ultimate destination in the Bernese Oberland. It has some of the best once-in-a-lifetime experiences and heaven-on-earth scenery that nothing can compare!

However, if we talk about awe-inspiring views, we can’t deny that the scenery from the mountaintops surrounding Lake Thun is nearly as spectacular as the ones in the Jungfrau Region. That’s why exploring Lake Thun and visiting its points of interest are also worth exploring.

Niederhorn is one of the easiest-to-reach summits around Lake Thun. Visitors can quickly reach this peak from Beatenberg by cable car. On the other hand, the cable car station in Beatenberg is only a 30-minute bus ride from Interlaken (hop on bus #101 and alight at Beatenberg-Niederhorn cable car station).

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Niederhorn's location and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Niederhorn’s location
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On a sunny day, jaw-dropping views await you on top of Niderhorn.

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Spectacular valley below Niederhorn near Lake Thun, Switzerland
Spectacular valley below Niederhorn near Lake Thun
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At the summit, you’ll have not only the overlooking views of Lake Thun. You’ll see how Switzerland’s landscape transforms from flat (Central Plateau) to breathtaking rugged peaks (Bernese Oberland) as your eyes sweep the horizon, north to south.

The most unique part of the scenery from Niederhorn is the stiff and craggy cliff/ridge that you’ll see west of the communication tower. This diagonally rising cliff has Lake Thun and Mount Niesen in the backdrop. It’s a scene to take your breath away. 

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View of Lake Thun and Interlaken from Niederhorn, Switzerland
View of Lake Thun and Interlaken from Niederhorn
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If you just arrive at the Niederhorn cable car summit station, you just have to follow the trail at the ridge towards the communication tower. The trail has a wooden barrier, so it’s totally safe to hike. You should see the epic views soon after you pass the tower.

I think the ridge trail is also one of the best features of Niederhorn. I haven’t discovered any other ridge trails yet with really spectacular views as Niederhorn.

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The breathtaking cliffs and valleys of Niederhorn, Switzerland
The breathtaking cliffs and valleys of Niederhorn
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So, you might be thinking, what else to do after reaching the beautiful vantage spots in Niederhorn? 

Like most mountain excursion destinations in Switzerland, Niederhorn has a number of outdoor activities you can try. From simple hiking to wildlife observation to paragliding and more.

You can check the official website of Niederhorn for more information (available activities, cable car timetables, etc.) in the resources section of this post.

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9. Mount Niesen

Some of the best places to visit in Switzerland have their own natural landmarks. For Zermatt, it’s Matterhorn; Jungfrau Region, it’s Lauterbrunnen Valley or the Jungfrau Massif (Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau).

For Lake Thun, we have Mount Niesen. 

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Mount Niesen's location and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Mount Niesen’s location
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Mount Niesen is a 2362-meter-high mountain in the Bernese Alps, a breathtaking tourist attraction around Lake Thun. For me, it is also one of the factors why Lake Thun is worth visiting for a few reasons.

The first reason is that Mount Niesen has a unique shape, which it is famous for. It looks triangular when seen from Lake Thun. And because of that, people start calling it the Pyramid of Switzerland.

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Mount Niesen and its reflection on Lake Thun, Switzerland
Mount Niesen and its reflection on Lake Thun
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It’s in Mount Niesen that you can also find a world record, the longest stairway in the world—the second reason.

Although the stairway is only accessible a few days a year during a stair run event, visitors can still see it when they go up to the summit of Mount Niesen through the funicular. The stairway is literally just beside the funicular railway.

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Mount Niesen's Funicular Railway, Switzerland
Mount Niesen’s Funicular Railway
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Can you imagine how awesome it is to see a world record? Overall, the stairway in Mount Niesen is 11,674 steps. 

Like Niederhorn, Mount Niesen is also a fantastic vantage point of Lake Thun. From the top of Mount Niesen, you can see a spectacular, unobstructed panorama view of Lake Thun and the towns around it. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

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Daytime panorama of Lake Thun from Mount Niesen, Switzerland
Daytime panorama of Lake Thun from Mount Niesen
Night Time panorama of Lake Thun from Mount Niesen, Switzerland
Night Time panorama of Lake Thun from Mount Niesen
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Come to the summit of Mount Niesen on a sunny afternoon (a few hours before sunset), and you can witness the real spectacle of the mountain. During that time, Mount Niesen casts a perfectly triangular shadow over Lake Thun. 

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Shadow of Mount Niesen over Lake Thun, Switzerland
Shadow of Mount Niesen over Lake Thun
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Mount Niesen sounds nice to visit, right? So, where is it exactly?

You can find Mount Niesen southwest of Lake Thun or directly south of the town of Spiez. It is accessed through a funicular which has a valley station in Mulenen. Hiking to the summit is an alternative.

To get to Mulenen from Thun or Interlaken, you first must ride the train to Spiez. It’s where you can transfer to a train heading to Mulenen.

If you are interested in visiting Mount Niesen, you may visit its official website linked at the resources section of this post. The visiting information, funicular timetables, Niesen-stairway run, and more are on their website.

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10. Harder Kulm

As you may have discovered by now, the best vantage points of Lake Thun (Niederhorn and Mount Niesen) require effort and time to reach. But, with Harder Kulm, it’s not absolutely the case!

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Harder Kulm's location and Lake Thun, Switzerland
Harder Kulm’s location
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1322 meters high at the southern tip of Lake Thun, Harder Kulm is again another beautiful vantage point of Lake Thun. It is one of the top destinations in the Jungfrau Region, featuring a viewing deck protruding from the mountain.

Harder Kulm is very close to Interlaken. You can reach Harder Kulm within 10 minutes from this town through the funicular that starts at the valley, a few steps from Interlaken OST. 

Discover: Beautiful Places To Visit In Interlaken And Jungfrau Region

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From Interlaken to Funicular Railway to Harder Kulm, Switzerland
From Interlaken to Funicular Railway to Harder Kulm
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Visitors to Harder Kulm’s viewing deck enjoy the awe-inspiring view overlooking the Jungfrau Region and Interlaken, sandwiched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It is a unique spectacular landscape that makes one ask, ‘How was this beauty even possible?’

Learn more about Lake Brienz here: 7 Things To Do In Lake Brienz (And Visiting Information)

It’s truly marvelous up there, especially when the weather is fantastic. Expect to get thrilled, too. Standing on the platform, it’s going to be all hollowness below you. Imagine that!

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Harder Kulm's viewing deck with Lake Thun, Interlaken, Switzerland
Harder Kulm’s viewing deck with Lake Thun
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Learn more about Harder Kulm and everything that you can expect to see in Harder Kulm here.

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Sources: Lake Thun Visiting Information & More

So, that’s all for my list of beautiful things to see in Lake Thun. If you need to learn more about the different places mentioned in this post, you may check the websites linked below.

  1. Lake Thun Boat Schedule
  2. SBB Trains and Public Transportation Schedule
  3. Schadau Castle Hotel and Restaurant
  4. Hunegg Castle Official Website (German)
  5. Spiez Castle Official Website
  6. Saint Beatus Caves Official Website
  7. Niederhorn Official Website
  8. Mount Niesen Official Website

Did I somehow convince you to see Lake Thun and its tourist attractions? If yes, here are some of my recommended tours to different places in Lake Thun and passes that are helpful in exploring the lake:

  1. Lake Thun Tours – Visit 3 of the top attractions around Lake Thun (Thun, Saint Beatus Caves, Panorama Bridge) plus a bonus destination: Lake Blausee.
  2. Lake Thun Unlimited Boat Ride – See the tourist attractions around Lake Thun at your own phase.
  3. Swiss Travel Pass – Unlimited use of public transportation (bus, trams, trains, boat). This is recommended if you are planning a week-long Switzerland trip.

You can find the best hotel deals in Interlaken and the best places to stay in Thun from these links.

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Before you explore the beautiful places around Lake Thun, make sure you don’t miss the time-transporting scenes in Thun Old Town. Check this out: Old Town Thun: 5 Picturesque Places Worth Seeing

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