Stroll through the Schadau Park and explore Thun's picturesque mediaeval centre with its historic raised pavements. Did you know that Thun offers many cultural events, such as the performances on the floating stage on Lake Thun and a literature festival?
The shores of Lake Thun abound in museums and art collections as well as venerable churches and castles, tempting you to discover the region's history.
In 1814, the Basel artist Marquard Wocher created the first panorama of Switzerland. Fascinated by the Bernese Oberland, he painted a cyclorama measuring 38 metres in length, depicting the small town of Thun and its surroundings with a view extending to the Alps in the Bernese Oberland. This richly detailed picture takes a look at daily life in Thun 200 years ago; young and old alike will enjoy deciphering the countless stories it depicts. The panorama is now the world's oldest cyclorama and is on long-term loan from the Gottfried Keller Foundation.
Each year, the Thun Art Museum hosts five temporary exhibitions that are mainly devoted to contemporary art. As well as themed and monograph-based special exhibitions, one collective exhibition is organised each year to showcase part of the Museum's rich stock of artworks from a special perspective.
The Grand Tour of Switzerland invites you to discover Switzerland individually - at your own pace and leisure. And the matchless landscapes of the Bernese Oberland are just a small part of it. A top stop along the Grand Tour of Switzerland is naturally our 4-Star-Superior Hotel Seepark in Thun!
Especially for your tour we offer tailor-made packages with overnight stay. You find all you need for relaxation and an enjoyable break at the Seepark Thun - so drop by for a pleasure-packed tour and a hotel team keen to extend you a very warm welcome!
Freshly replenished snack box with delicious Bernese Oberland specialities is available on site.
A boat trip on Lake Thun takes you past quaint fishing villages and historic castles. Whether you choose a journey with Mediterranean flair on Lake Thun, a gourmet cruise or a historic steamer trip, the motto is: "Cast off, and full steam ahead!" The vessels also sail in winter.
Schadau – Hünegg – Oberhofen – Spiez – Thun. Five castles, each with their own individual character, linked by one of Switzerland's loveliest lakes, and all of them can be reached in less than an hour: nowhere else in the world can offer so much! Discover Lake Thun's castles on a visit or by attending an event at any of them.
The twelve 1000-year-old churches around Lake Thun are known far and wide, and they all have many legends and tales to recount. Rudolf II († 937), King of Burgundy and Lombardy, as well as his wife Berta, are said to have been frequent guests of the Lords of Strättligen at the Golden Court in Spiez. The king kept on having the same dream, so he asked the priest at Einigen to interpret it for him. The priest told Rudolf that he had been commanded by heaven to build twelve churches around Einigen – and so he did.
The Foundation's collection includes textiles and artefacts from Europe, the Near East and the lands along the Silk Roads. The textile collection is world-famous. It includes items dating from the 4th century BC until about 1800. The Foundation also owns the private collection of Werner and Margaret Abegg, which includes important works of applied art, painting and sculpture.
The Paul Klee Centre, a "landscape sculpture" by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, is far more than a traditional art museum: temporary exhibitions, guided tours and events such as concerts, theatre performances and readings, as well as workshops in the Creaviva children's museum, underscore the attractiveness of the world's most important collection of works by Paul Klee.
The Alpine Museum focuses on contemporary issues that visitors will find highly relevant: identity, mobility, tourism, tradition and innovation, culture and nature. The Alpine Museum explains, questions, contradicts, moves, irritates and provokes. It aims to probe deeply – beyond the surface of today's events. The focus is on people in action. Special mention should be made of the historical collections of mountain photography, cartography and mountaineering.
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