Castles on Lake ThunBesides the numerous churches, ancient ruins and farmhouses there are many splendid castles that are excellent examples of medieval and baroque architecture. Well worth a visit is the 13 th century castle of Spiez with its early Romanesque-style chapel, medieval fortified tower and graffiti. Let yourself be transported back in time while admiring the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance rooms and halls, furnishings and paintings. Other castles worth visiting are in Thun, Oberhofen and Hilterfingen.
The tenth-largest town in Switzerland is renowned for its castle and picturesque old centre, as well as shady parks and promenades, set against the lake and Alps. The “Town of the Alps” has been a regional centre for centuries. Thun boasts a variety of markets, exhibitions, concerts and numerous other cultural events.
Bern, our capital
In need of a city break? The train takes you quickly and easily to the city of bears. Bern is easy to stroll around, even in wet weather, thanks to its extensive arcades. Look forward to a lot of history and sights.
MountainsThe Jungfrau region and “Top of Europe”Snow and ice are guaranteed! The Sphinx observation hall and terrace, the Ice Palace , and the outdoor plateau for walks through the eternal snow are year-round attractions offered on the Jungfraujoch – the “Top of Europe”. The Ice Gateway links the Ice Palace with the glacier plateau. You can experience the high-alpine winter wonderland at close quarters – in all four seasons and in all weather – from the shelter of the building. The unforgettable trip with Europe’s highest-altitude railway is a highlight of any visit to Switzerland. The station at the top is located at 3,454 metres above sea level.
Schilthorn – Piz Gloria The Schilthorn peak along with its gondola and steep slopes formed the natural setting for the most dramatic scenes in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The United Artists filmmakers chose this location due to the breathtaking views and its unique setting accessible by cable car.
Niesen and the world’s longest staircase This is Lake Thun ’s very own pyramid! A funicular transports visitors to the 2,336-metre summit. It may not be the highest mountain around, but the Niesen boasts the world’s longest staircase. There are 11,674 steps running alongside the entire length of the funicular tracks. The top of the Niesen affords stunning views of the Bernese Alps, lush green valleys and Lake Thun. The restaurant on the summit is renowned for its Raclette dinners.
Niederhorn On the opposite side of the lake from the Niesen, the Niederhorn is a popular starting point for hikes, scooter rides and seeing wildlife. In winter, visitors can wander along winter trails, go sledging or skiing.
Stockhorn There is a lot to see and do in the “Discovery Zone” on the Stockhorn in both summer and winter. The summit is reached by cable car in only 20 minutes from the village of Erlenbach . There are 200 peaks to admire once you get to the top! NatureSt. Beatus Caves The St. Beatus Caves on the eastern shores of the lake between Thun and Interlaken extend far into the interior of the mighty Niederhorn massif. According to legend, this monumental natural site, fashioned over millions of years, served St. Beatus as a safe refuge in the 6th century. While up until the 18th century the only access was along the picturesque pilgrims' path, the popular St. Beatus Caves are nowadays easy to reach by boat, bus or car. The pilgrims’ trail is one the most popular in the Bernese Oberland.
Blausee Nature Park Small world – plenty of pleasure This small piece of paradise includes a one-of-a-kind organic trout fish farm, restaurant and romantic promenades. At night, special lighting creates a mystical ambience around the lake and in the park.