When we arrived in Thun our first stop was the Tourist Information Centre. It was easy to find as it was by the Train & Bus Station, and there was a huge parking lot there.
The Tourist information centre had the most lovely, helpful Ladies behind the counter, what a nice welcome to Thun. They gave me heaps of brochure's, map', information, and found accommodation for us. We then we bought the Museum Card from them.
I had looked into this, and you want to too! I looked at what was included and found it was good value to buy the card.
You have unlimited entry to the following museums with the Museum Pass..........
Art Museum Thun
Art Collection Hans & Marlis Suter, Oberhofen
Museum for Timekeepers and Mechanical Musical Instruments, Oberhofen
Hünegg Castle, Hilterfingen
Castle Museum Thun
Swiss Gastronomy Museum, Thun
Toy Museum Thun
Tourism Museum, Unterseen
Tin Figures Museum, Interlaken
What I really liked, was the big reduction on a 1-day ticket for Lake Thun and Lake Brienz
1-day-ticket 2nd class: CHF 29.00 instead of CHF 64.00
1-day-ticket 1st class: CHF 39.00 instead of CHF 98.00
Well, the Pass was good value, but because we had a really wet day in Thun where we spent most of the time in our B&B, we never did do the cruise, it was far to wet. Disappointing, as we were looking forward to it, and it meant we never got the value out of the card.
TOURIST OFFICE IS OPEN....
Monday to Friday 9 - 6.30PM
Saturday........... 9 - 4PM
Sunday ........... 9 - 1PM (July and August)
Fondest memory: Thun Tourism
Bahnhof, CH-3600 Thun Station, CH-3600 Thun
Telephone: +41 (0) 33 225 90 00
Thun was a very busy city. Was it always like this, or perhaps because of the wet weather.
We did have trouble finding a road side park and were wondering what we were going to do, when we saw the parking station. It was located in quite a good position, good for walking to the Castle and to the historic area.
This solved our problem, and there was a Gas Station outside.
Everything we needed!
Located in Obere Hauptgasse.
Are REALLLLY handy if you're going to explore Thun by yourself...They are FREE and readily available at the Tourist Center located at the Thun train Station..
There's a decent map in both of these brochures that illustrate the Old Town and a co-relating index to explain the nature of the historic buildings that you'll find on your walkabout...
The brochure entitled "Historic Sites" is the brochure that gives you the BEST synopsis of the history of each building that is considered a highlight..
Grab these if you're intending to explore Thun on your own..Its self evident how useful they can really be..
I would strongly suggest this pass if you’re going to spend any significant amount of time in and around Thun.
Im always in favor of reducing the hassle of reaching into my pockets to find more cash for entrance to an attraction and generally, when I am exploring an area and its culture I am spending time in as many museums and galleries as my time will allow. This type of pass is usually good value and once it’s paid for, access to the included attractions is simple, just a question of budgeting time.
The Thunersee Museum Pass includes unlimited access to 12 different museums and galleries in the city of Thun and the Lake Thun region.
This pass is a really good deal at 25 CHF and is valid of one year. Included also is a transport offer also, a one way boat trip from Spiez to Oberhofen or the other way around. And a one way bus transport from Thun to Spiez or Oberhofen. So this pass can be used for a portion of a journey to get you to on your way, only requiring a transport back to Thun for example if you were wanting to do a day trip on the lake and include some of the museums in Oberhofen and Spiez.
You can purchase this pass at a number of vendors in the region including any of the museums included in the pass, the tourism office in Interlaken, Thun or you can order before you leave your home and it will be mailed to you.
The following is a list of the included attractions:
The Kunstmuseum , Thun.
Kunstsammlung,Hans and Marlis Suter, Oberhofen
Gastronomie Museum, Thun.
Thun Panorama, Thun.
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, Hilterfingen.
Schloss Oberhofen, Oberhofen
Schloss Spiez, Spiez.
Museum Uhren and Mechanische, Oberhoffen.
Touristik Museum der Jaungfrau Region, Interlaken.
Zinnfiguren Museum, Interlaken.
Fondest memory: http://www.thunersee.ch/en/erlebnisse/sehenswertes/museumspass.html
If you’re worried about finding your way around the historical Old Town then hopefully you can be put at ease with the knowledge that you’ll find in key areas, easily identifiable signs to point you in the direction that you are looking to go.
Coming from the train station just before you cross the Banhoffbrucke, the bridge over the Aussere Aare, you’ll see one of these signs. This particular one indicates a direction and if you are headed for the Obere Hauptgasse or the Schloss Thun, you’ll know for certain which way to go. There are others around so just in case that you’re not feeling confident about which direction you’re going in have NO FEAR…It’s a smallish area anyhow and Im sure that you wont have difficulty exploring here anyhow.
A very pleasant way to relax from shopping or sightseeing is a walk along the wonderful promenades by the Aare river or the lake.
Unfortunately I had not enough time to make it to the lake, but yet the part of the promenades to both sides of the river was fantastic. It is quiet, with benches and great views. As far as I know there is a little ferry where the river leaves the lake, so you can cross to the Schadau park and palace.
It is a pleasure to walk along the narrow streets of the old town. You can discover wonderful gems, like old houses, (a few) frescos, fountains etc.
A very nice way to get up to the castle hill are the covered staircase from Obere Hauptgasse, the quiet alley from Plätzli square or the staircase by the city walls in the north.
In any case, stroll through the old town, enjoy some (window) shopping and have a coffee or so in a nice cafe.
Fondest memory: A picnic by the castle, on a bench overlooking the old town!
The Rathausplatz is in the centre of the old town...a colourful square with its flower bedecked fountain and old buildings....the hotel here is very good too apparently.
its was very quiet here on an overcast Sunday in late September...but I kinda like it with not too many people in the way.
The river is ideal for a promenade and you can always stop for a snack or too..there are plenty of cafes and bars along the riverside.
Must be really pleasant in the warm weather and a bustling place too.
Fondest memory: Some of the intricate work on the buildings hewre reminded me of the italian lakes area.
The old town of Thun occupies a long narrow island in the River Aare as it flows out of the lake. Rrom the station area cross the new town into the old town by the bridge over the river -from here you an see lovely balconied houses and across to the kirche of Thun set above the old town. Like Lucenre Thun also has a covered bridge acros the river - but without beautiful paintings.
Fondest memory: Thun had been quite overcast whilst we were here for the meeting, but after our visit to the castle it began to lighten upon our return to the town the late afternoon sun broke through the gloom and lit the river and town up.
Favorite thing: The shopping area in the old town reminded me very much of Chester in England as they too have walkways over the top of the shops. The buildings here may not be the black and white variety but are interesting nontheless...especially in the Rathaus platz
Sept 22nd 2002 - Thun was the venue for a VT get together. It had not long been long since my last visit to Switzerland but I needed little persuasion to return again a few weeks later (especially with good company and accomodation arranged for me...thanks so much Rebibi). The weather was not wonderful but the people were so warm-hearted and we had a lot of fun. If you can make a meeting...don't hesitate to go.
This is usually what happens at such meetings.....eating and taking pics!! here is Rhia and me in action (pic courtesy of YumYum)
Well, it doesn't actually look like a city at all. Thus is a large-ish town set on a charming lake - called Lake Thun (would you have guessed it?). It supposed to be the gateway to the Bernese Oberland, which is the home of many glorious mountains - and, more generally speaking, one of Switzerland's most scenic areas.
Fondest memory: The highlights of Thun aren't many - but they are pretty nonetheless: a charming old city centre, an imposing castle, on old covered wooden bridge and really friendly people.
From Grindelwald station, I got a ski pass which entitled me to approach the Jungfrau region. This would not bring me all the way up to Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe, but close enough to witness the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger sweat in daylight. The ticket for the Jungfraujoch trip costs 159 CHF, which I thought was exorbitantly priced. The one I got costs only 42 CHF and covers First, Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg, all of which offer good ski grounds. You don't have to be a skier or a snowboarder in order to get that pass.
First is reachable by train or chairlift from Grindelwald. From here I took the cable car to convey me up to Mannlichen, where there are more challenging choices of ski trails. Proceeding down to Wengen from here via the funicular which connects the two, I spent some time to unwind myself in this nice little town, which has very little to disturb the peace.
There is one of two ways to go from Wengen. One is to the lower Lauterbrunnen Valley and the other is to the higher Kleine Scheidegg, both accessible via the mountain railway. The former is famous for its waterfalls whereas the latter offers yet more trails for challenging runs. The trip to Kleine Scheidegg was undeniably breathtaking.
I continued on up to Eigerwand, which is two stations away from Jungfraujoch, but close enough to see Jungfrau's peak smoulder and the phenomenal jade-white glaciers bite onto the massive rocks.
Also from Lauterbrunnen, you may take a cable car up to the revolving restaurant which sits on the 2970m Schilthorn, where James Bond performed his stunts in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The peak offers views of hundreds of Alpine peaks and is almost as popular a destination among mountain lovers as Junfraujoch's. The return cable car fare costs 83 CHF, nearly half of that of Junfraujoch. These spectacular mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes, plus scores of charming villages and holiday resorts collectively define the Bernese Oberland.
This completed my 6 days visit to Switzerland. Sweet! Though time was chasing me out, I have had good moments of it. One thing for sure, except for being lost in the beauty, my navigation skills have improved tremendously.
On the way back to Geneva to catch a night train to Barcelona, I swung by Switzerland's capital, Berne. Because I had to make a transit here. I couldn't do much but wandered around the vibrant city's arcaded streets, which were packed with tons of people. But I will come back again to appreciate its charm. Till then.