Thun Things to Do

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    Schloss Thun

    by slothtraveller Written May 2, 2013

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    Thun's formidable castle is an unmissable delight. Climbing up to the castle entrance from the town is a lovely thing to do on a bright day. As you climb higher above the town, the views of the lake come into focus and you can see across the rooftops to beautiful, snowtopped Alpine peaks.
    During my visit, the external part of the castle appeared to be undergoing significant restoration. This is unsurprising as the castle dates back to the beginning of the 12th century. I hurried past the workmen to the castle museum entrance. As you enter the castle, you walk into the spacious Knights Hall where some coats of armour can be found. You can also look out of the windows from which you can see for miles around. For the best views, however, you should take the spiral staircase (very narrow!) to the top floor of the castle where you can gain entry to one of the four castle towers. From here, the city of Thun and its Alpine backdrop spread out in front of you and it's an ideal place from which to take panoramic photos of the area.
    The Schlossmuseum itself is worth exploring. It is spread over five storeys and details the history of the building and the town. There are some very ornate old tapestries to see and some exhibits such as the mask of the Fulehung, a jester character celebrated during Thun's folk festival that is held every September. I probably spent about an hour in the castle overall.
    Entry to the castle and museum is free with a Swiss Pass, otherwise adult admission is 8 CHF. It is open February-March daily 1-4 pm, April-October daily 10am–5 pm and November-January only on Sundays 1–4 pm.
    ODD RANDOM FACT: Justin Bieber (or someone claiming to be him) signed the visitors book on the day before I did!

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    Ride a steam train for Kids in Schadaupark

    by iammon Written Apr 17, 2012

    From Spring to fall on every second Sunday you can ride a steam train in the Schadaupark (nice castle as well to visit, nice little church right next to it, good play ground for kids and the panorama picture is in the park as well, not to mention the good view from the park over the lake to the mountains). Runs normally from 10:00 to 17:00. One ride costs SFR. 2.--. Riding time about 5 minutes around the park.

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    SCENIC DRIVE AROUND THUNERSEE

    by balhannah Written Nov 2, 2011

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    There are a few ways to enjoy the beautiful Lake, Boat being one of them, the other is to drive the whole way around the Lake, like we did. We started from our B&B in Thun, and followed the Thunstrasse along to Spiez.

    It has wonderful scenery, and most of the time, if possible, we kept to the road closest to the Lake, not on the main highway. There were many lovely little village's and some bigger one's like Spiez, where there is a Castle. You can't beat the view!
    The snow capped Mountain's overlooking the lake were so special, the only problem was parking the car, so I had to be content with photo's through the car window. You will see the problem by my photo's!
    We didn't have time to stop at the Village's, but we sure did enjoy passing through them, and the incredible view's all the way around this Lake.

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    SCHULANLAGE PESTALOZZI

    by balhannah Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    We came across this impressive looking building on our way out of Thun.

    What first caught my attention, was the carved wooden figure of "Fulehung."
    We stopped for a photo, then I happened to look at the building, which stated it was a School and Kindergarten and Turnehalle.
    The Doors were very "different" having Insect's, Frog's and Lizard's of different kinds on them. They looked to be quite old. The main entrance had the same, plus beautiful carvings.

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    THUN PANORAMA

    by balhannah Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    Thun Panorama

    While we were in Schadau Park, we visited the ....
    "The oldest Rotunda in the World which was the Thun Panorama.

    It is a round, enclosed building in which we walked into, and then onto a raised platform that overlooked the panorama. The "panorama" is a 200 year old painting of Thun and the surrounding Alps, and is believed to be the
    "the oldest surviving work of this kind.

    The Artist sketched this panorama while sitting on his roof top!

    We slowly walked around this 360degree painting taking in the details showing the lives of people in 1808 in the town of Thun. It was fascinating, and we walked around several times, as we missed little interesting pieces the 1st time.
    The raised platform is to give the same experience as the painter who looked down onto the town of Thun, what a clever idea!

    NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED INSIDE
    I have used the photo from the card they give you at the end.

    OPEN.....
    28 April – 30 October 2011, Thuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays
    During the winter season the Thun-Panorama is closed.

    ADMISSION IN 2011...
    Adults... CHF 6
    Combined ticket Kunstmuseum Thun/Thun-Panorama... Adults chf 13
    Children up to age 12 free.
    Combined ticket Kunstmuseum Thun/Schlossmuseum Thun chf 12

    On Mother's Day the Thun-Panorama is free of charge for all mothers.

    It is in need of restoration, so I hope they find the money to restore, as it would be a shame to see it lost like many other "panorama's" of the World!

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    SCHERZLIGEN CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Oct 24, 2011

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    What a gorgeous looking Church, Scherzligen was. Painted white, and with a tall tower, and located in the lawned Schadau Park, I knew I had to check this one out.
    It dates back to 762, but this isn't the Church that is there now. It is thought to be rebuilt in the 12th century. It has a very high Tower which is now attached to the Church and not free standing any more.

    I was able to go inside and see the many paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries. This Church was an important place of pilgrimage until the Reformation in 1528. Excellent frescoes!
    It is quite often used now for classical concerts.

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    SCHADAU PARK

    by balhannah Written Oct 24, 2011

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    It was a pity it was a wet day for our visit to Schadau Park.

    Schadau Park, and first we had to find a parking area. No problem, we found one very close to Scherzligen Church. It was buy a ticket and put in your windscreen, which is what we did, and then went into the large, lawned Park.
    The Park was very well kept, and has some points of interest which I will tell about in other tips.

    We saw many hiking trails and a woodland walk, plus Rose's and Rhododendron's in the garden area of the park.
    In Spring, lots of bulb's come to life, thousands of crocuses, snowdrops and anemones is what I read. There were lots of Tree's that I imagine would be beautiful in Autumn when the leaves coloured. In front of the Castle, there were lake views, Duck's and White Swan's, and not a very good view on a wet day. You would see a long way on a fine day, as far as the Alps.

    For the children, there is a miniature Train that runs on a 940 metre track, the trip takes about 10mins. When two Trains are operating, then departures are every 10 minutes, only one train is in use, the departures every 20 minutes.

    Timetable to December 2011
    Season opening on 02.04.2011, 10-5pm
    The steam train travels at Vaporama Schadau park two weekends a month from April to October and on special holidays.
    CHF 2 - 3 per ticket

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    SCHADAU CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Oct 24, 2011

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    While walking in Schadau Park by Lake Thun, we came across the beautiful Schadau Castle.
    Wow!, this Castle looked like ones you see in fairytales!

    It was built between 1846 and 1854 for a Neuchatel banker. What a position he chose for his Castle, as it sits on the southbank of the River Aare, has water views and beautiful Rose Gardens.
    The brick work is rather interesting, as are the many Turret's!
    These days, it is home to the Swiss Gastronomy Museum, a restaurant and the Oberland West District Registry Office. Wouldn't this be a nice place to get married in!

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    STADT KIRCHE [church]

    by balhannah Written Oct 24, 2011

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    Located by the Thun Castle is the Church.
    It had a lovely tall Tower which we could view from miles around. The tower dates from around 1330.
    We had hoped to go inside the Church, but it was closed, so we had to be content looking at the very old frescoes dating to about 1430 on the outside. The Church is not as old as other parts as it was only built in 1738. The walls were incredibly thick!

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    THUN CASTLE MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Oct 24, 2011

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    The Thun Castle historic museum was just the place for a wet day. The Museum took us back through 4000 years of history in Thun, over four floor's of the Castle.

    No elevator, only stairs to climb!

    In the tower, is the large Knights Hall, with a medieval fire hearth and chimney, some Knight's armour and nothing else as it is used for event's. We saw furniture and paintings, antique toys and dolls, lots of beautiful ceramic's, including Old Heimberg pottery and some old graffiti a Prisoner had done. They had uniforms and weaponry of the local regiment of the Swiss Confederation Army, and mannequin's in the dresses of the era's. There was heaps to see, as well as the views from the Turret's.
    We really enjoyed our time here!

    I have put more photo's in a travelogue on what you can expect to see.

    The museum at Thun Castle is open:
    Feb - March daily 1- 4 pm
    April - October daily 10 am – 5 pm
    November - January Sun 1 – 4 pm
    Christmas and New Year’s week daily 1 – 4 pm

    Admission price:
    Adults chf 8

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    THUN CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Oct 24, 2011

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    Where ever we were in Thun, we could see the impressive Thun Castle!

    It was built in 1190 by Duke Berchtold V of Zahringen, then the Kyburgs took over in 1218 expanding it by today’s upper floor. The Castle was never used as a residence.

    As the day was wet, it was a chance to visit the inside of the Castle, and see the Museum, dungeon, the Castle Tower, the Knight's Hall and more. The views from here would be fabulous on a fine sunny day, not so much the day we were there because of fog and rain. The best views are from the corner tower where the view is over the Alps, Lake and Thun.

    The museum at Thun Castle is open:
    Feb - March daily 1- 4 pm
    April - October daily 10 am – 5 pm
    November - January Sun 1 – 4 pm
    Christmas and New Year’s week daily 1 – 4 pm

    ADMISSION IN 2011....ADULTS...CHF 8
    Family Card (2 adults + 2 children) ......CHF16

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    CHUTZITURM TOWER

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    Chutziturm Tower

    The historic Chutziturm Tower, which is in the right on my photo, was built around 1250. From 1384 until the fall of Old Bern in 1798, the tower was used for many purposes, one of them was as a Prison.
    It was built at the foot of the Schlossberg and was originally open on the city side.
    Today, it is rented out for event's in Thun.

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    THE CASTLE GATE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Thun Burgtor

    There is only one Castle gate remaining today, and that is the one in my photo named the "Burgtor."

    The Gate dates back to the 13th century and is connected to the Castle Walls. The roof is newer, as it replaced the old one in 1786.
    The actual gate was removed in the 19th century, although you can see where the lock was, even today!
    Look for a walled-in tracery window in the city wall above the Burgtor which is believed to belonged to the former ossuary chapel. I didn't see it, so I guess it is there!

    The Burgtor is located on the Schlossberg (castle hill), in the Schlossbergstrasse, and it was through here that we walked uphill and into the Castle grounds.

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    KORNHAUS

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    Kornhaus

    Another historic building is the Kornhaus, probably built in 1521 and rebuilt in 1762 for the Thun Hospital Office.
    Parts of the Kornhaus were built in half-timbered style with a large hipped roof and a porch was added in 1980.

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    KNABENSCHUTZENHAUS

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    KNABENSCHUTZENHAUS

    Scattered around Thun is many historic buildings.

    This is one I came across.

    The Knabenschützenhaus was built for the boy crossbow archers in 1583, and was renovated to its original form in 1983. The boy Archer's can be traced back to the 16th century in Thun. Only boys were allowed to shoot crossbows, and that is why it is called the "Boy's shooting Lodge." Girl's have been allowed in since 1960.

    Accross the street, is the shooting range, which is used throughout the summer for the summer shooting programme of the cadets.

    It is the boys' clubhouse, built in 1583 for the boys Crossbowmen.
    In 1983, it was restored to how it is now. No girls were allowed until 1960.

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