A Day Trip To: Thun, Switzerland Featured

Thun, the medieval gateway to the Alps. Discover this beautiful town with our LUXOS guide.

by Diccon Bewes

The city

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On the shore of its namesake lake and with splendid views of the Bernese Alps, there are few Swiss cities as perfectly placed as Thun. And you’ll be even more impressed once you start exploring the medieval centre, with its double-decker high street and imposing castle. This is definitely a place to linger longer than a day out, maybe for a drink beside the crystal blue river or an evening cruise in a paddle-steamer on the lake. By the way, the H is silent so it’s pronounced ‘toon’.

LUXOS Recommends: Walk across the covered wooden bridges that span the river Aare

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The sight

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Switzerland has its fair share of medieval castles but few are more impressive than the one in Thun. With its huge white walls, red roofs and four turrets, it looks like it has stepped straight out of a fairy tale, probably the one where Rapunzel lets down her hair. It dates from the 12th century but now houses an interesting local history museum.

LUXOS Recommends: Climb up the towers for the panoramic view

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The restaurant

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Thun has another castle, one that’s about 700 years newer but just as beautiful. It’s Schloss Schadau, a Romantic flight of fancy built right on the lakeshore and now a top-notch restaurant. The dramatic interior décor takes a lot of beating but the terrace with its lakes-and-mountains backdrop manages to do just that. It is a heavenly place in summer.

LUXOS Recommends: Monkfish medallions wrapped in a herb crust

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