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9 Best Things To Do In Thun, Switzerland - Updated 2019

9 Best Things To Do In Thun, Switzerland - Updated 2019
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Situated in the canton of Bern, Thun is a small yet beautiful town in Switzerland that boasts magnificent views of Lake Thun and the sweeping scenery of the Alps. For travel enthusiasts who are planning to visit to this admirable town, here are the 9 best things that you have to do in Thun:

1. Have a relaxed stroll by Lake Thun

Lake Thun from Einigen

Switzerland is known for its breathtaking natural landscapes. One of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland is located in Thun, hence the name Lake Thun, or Thunersee in German (the official language spoken by the people residing in Thun). The water of the lake is blue and clear, the air is fresh, and there are charming villages as well as a magnificent range of mountains surrounding the lake. It’s just picture perfect. The best thing to do when you arrive at the lake is to have a relaxed stroll around the lake and just breathe in the beauty.

Lake Thun

Address: Canton of Bern

Website: Lake Thun

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2. Admire a collection of armoured vehicles at Panzermuseum Thun

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Want to see an awesome collection of armoured vehicles used by the Swiss armed forces? Then you should head to the Panzermuseum Thun. You will find combat vehicles from different origins. In the museum, there are tanks that were used by the Swiss armed forces, armoured vehicles that were used just for tests, and some vehicles from the World War II that were left behind on Europe’s battlefields. You’ll love the tanks!

Panzermuseum Thun

Address: 3600 Thun, Switzerland

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3. Visit Schloss Thun and live your fairy tale dream


Schloss Thun is one of the landmarks of the city of Thun. The castle, which was built in the 12th century by the Dukes of Zahrigen, will bring you to your fairy tale dream. Explore every corner of the castle and imagine yourself as a queen or a king before you climb up into the castle’s towers. Then, let the incredible views of the lake, mountains, and town take your breath away!

Schloss Thun

Address: Schlossberg 1, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Schloss Thun

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4. Go back to your childhood at Spielzeugmuseum Thun


Do you ever miss your childhood and sometimes wish you could go back to a life without having to fulfill your obligations as an adult? Well, your wish can be granted if you visit Spielzeugmuseum Thun. Once you enter the museum, you will be brought into a completely different world — the world of a child. You are going to see a collection of children’s toys and games such as teddy bears, dolls, and tin soldiers. The collection varies from between the 1850s and the 1960s.

Spielzeugmuseum Thun

Address: Burgstrasse 15, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Spielzeugmuseum Thun (in German)

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5. Get the best of Schadau Castle

Schadau Castle


Situated right by Lake Thun, Schadau Castle is another charming castle in Thun that you have to visit. Schadau Castle is not only one of the most beautiful castles in Thun, but it is also one of the most beautiful in the country! It is the baroque charm and the modern spirit of the castle that will make you want to live in the castle forever. While in the castle, you can choose to be pampered with exquisite cuisine served at the castle’s 14 Gault Millau restaurant.

Schadau Castle

Address: Seestrasse 45, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Schadau Castle

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6. Refresh your mind and eyes at Schadau Park

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The next thing you have to do in Thun is still related to the previous point on the list. After admiring Schadau Castle, leave the castle and go to the surrounding park, which is known as Schadau Park. Take a seat on the sunny terrace and just refresh your mind and eyes because you will be presented with very amazing views of Lake Thun, the Alps, and the Monch and Jungfrau Mountains!

Schadau Park

Address: Seestrasse 45, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Schadau Park

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7. Indulge in a shopping spree at Balliz

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A vacation is not complete without shopping. To have a pleasant shopping experience, you should go to Balliz. Located in the heart of the town, you can find anything you need or want. There are fashion boutiques, department stores, a bookstore, and many more stores nestled in unique, fascinating buildings. Don’t only pay attention to the shops, but also notice the pavement and alleyways because they are as charming as the shops!

Balliz

Address: Bälliz, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Balliz

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8. Enjoy delicious dishes at Restaurant Dampfschiff


A restaurant that offers mouthwatering dishes and superb views is a must try restaurant. Restaurant Dampfschiff is one of the few restaurants in Thun where you can enjoy both things at once. Promising a laid-back atmosphere, you can choose to have your meals inside the restaurant or outside on the terrace. If you want to taste authentic Swiss cuisine, you should eat here. Open from 11 in the morning until midnight from Wednesday to Sunday, it is up to you whether to have lunch or dinner at this restaurant.

Restaurant Dampfschiff

Address: Hofstettenstrasse 20, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Restaurant Dampfschiff (in German)

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9. Visit Vieille Ville de Thoune

Vieille Ville de Thoune

The last sight you cannot miss is the Vieille Ville de Thoune or the Old Town of Thun, which you can find within one kilometer from the River Aare. There is a historic Town Hall Square right in the center of the Old Town. Also, see how the pavement is uniquely different from the other cities in Switzerland, or even Europe. You won’t get bored exploring the Old Town. Instead, you may want to spend hours in the Vieille Ville de Thoune!

Vieille Ville de Thoune

Address: Seestrasse 2, 3601 Thun, Switzerland

Website: Vieille Ville de Thoune

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Have a most memorable vacation in Thun, a city full of charm!

Thun has a lot to offer tourists, with its beautiful nature, interesting tourist attractions, superb restaurants, and splendid shopping experience. Visit Thun with an excited heart and leave the town impressed!

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Tenissa is a content writer, translator and editor. She enjoys being a globetrotter and has traveled to many countries around the world. So far, her favourite destination is Switzerland. She looks...Read more

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