Beatushoehle might be an interesting place to go, when the weather is not good enough for a hike or mountain-tour. You will find this cave at the northern bank of Thunersee, about 10km north-east of Spiez. You may get there by car or much easyer by a cruise on Thunersee. Holy Beatus spent several years of his life inside this cave in a hermitage. Next to the cave with stalagtites there is also a waterfall, a museum and a souvenirshop. When driving along the panorama-road along the noth bank of Thunersee, you have to leave that road close to Sundlauenen. When arriving by ship you just have to follow the path through the woods in order to get to Beatushoehle.
The caves and the museum are open
between Palm Sunday and October daily between 10.30a.m. and 05.00p.m.
the museum closes 30 minutes later !
Schloss Huenegg is the next stop after Oberhofen, when you are taking a cruise at Thunersee from Spiez. Huenegg castle is in Huenibach, a small village at the northern bank of Thunersee, opposite of Spiez, in a distance of just 6km. Schloss Huenegg was built in french renaissance-style between 1861 and 1863 and in summer 2005 it was unfortunately under reconstruction, as you may see on my photograph.
Already in the year 1900 it was redecorated and furnished with a lovely Art-Nouveau-interior.
Schloss Huenegg is open for visitors
daily between May 15th and October 15th
daily between 02.00p.m. and 05.00p.m.
sundays also between 10.00a.m. and 12.00 noon.
Johann II von Bubenberg bought the castle in 1338 including the villages of Spiez; Faulensee, Hondrich, Spiezwieler and Einingen for a total amount of 5600 pounds (that is equivalent to 5 million euros). He was a Schultheis (judge) in Bern and members of his family had important positions in the county of Bern untill the year 1506, when the last member of the dynasty died.
Adrian von Bubenberg is another member of that famous family, he won the battle of Murten in 1476 and he is the one, whose statue you may see in Spiez, standing in front of the castle.
Schloss Schadau is just 7 km from Spiez and it shows the largest painting in Switzerland : The city of Thun is shown in a size of 39m x 7,5m and the painting was made in 1814 by Marquard Wocher. Schadau is a nice palace, that is mostly overseen by the tourists, although it is just about 2 km east of the city of Thun, and you will pass by it, when approaching Thun by ship. Schloss Schadau is dating back to the middle of the 19th century and it was built for a rich banker from Neuchatel. Nowadays you may see inside that palace the "Museum of Gastronomy" with various fancy cork-screws, precious china, cooking-books and menus.
Inside that palace you will also be able to dine in a speciality-restaurant named "Arts Restaurant"
The gastronomy-museum is open Tue-Thu 02.00-05.00p.m.
The "Arts restaurant" is open daily except mondays
for reservations call: 03 32 22 25 00
Neuhaus is one of the great places you will get to, when taking a cruise at Thunersee. It is just a small village of only a very few houses, but it is also a quiet part of the lake, mostly untouched and with some lovely, remote bays. There is also a large hotel (Motel & Restaurant Neuhaus) and a giant campingsite at the north-east-end of Thuner See. Neuhaus is a perfect place for a quiet vacation, there is also the golf-course of the city of Interlaken, a natural-reserve-park and a public bathing-area including changing facilities and toilets. You may get to Neuhaus eighter by bus (go first to Thun or Interlaken, that bus is driving along the north-bank of the lake ) or you may take the cruise-ship, Neuhaus will be the last stop before you get to Interlaken. Neuhaus is also a great place to go paragliding !
You may get to Neuhaus by ship on the Thunersee
the distance from Spiez is 12 km when cruising
or a bit more, when you go there by car
Visiting Thun is a must, when spending your vacation in Spiez. You may get there easyly by train or - much more elegant - by ship sailing on the Thunersee. The city of Thun dates back to medieval times, you may still see part of the medieval townwall, a great castle and lovely houses in the centre of the town.
Calculate at least half a day for Thun, all sights of interest are to be done easyly and within walking-distance from the train-station and the ship-landing closeby the station.
read more about it on my Thun-page !
There are lots of villages dotted about the shores of Lake Thun, and the best way to visit many of them is by Lake Steamer. Also there are other attractions, such as the caves at Beautushohlen, that are easily visited by using the boat.