Sandwiched between the spectacular mountains and meadows in the Bernese Oberland, the beautiful scenery is just one of the many reasons you should visit Lake Thun in Switzerland.
Lake Thun is famous for its impeccable turquoise water, snaking through the sun-kissed meadows as you stroll down its peaceful surface on the cruise. In this article, I’ll be showing you how to hop by Thun with a cruise from Interlaken and the best places to see in town.
Boarding The Lake Thun Cruise
The cruise from Interlaken to Thun takes about two hours to complete, making it a great way to soak in the dreamy waterway and its surrounding mountainscape at a low pace.
The boat terminal can be found just next to Interlaken West train station.
Along the two-hour excursion, you will stop at multiple lakeside towns such as Darligen, Leissigen, Faulensee, Spiez, Einigen, and Hilterfingen before sailing back from Oberhofen to complete the loop.
Obtain the Swiss Travel Pass and Eurail Pass to benefit from the free voyage. Show your travel pass upon the boarding procedure and they will let you in right away without any extra cost.
The interior of the cruise totally got me hooked. Imagine a Titanic-graded cruise with the finest furnishings and an elegant lightning system that complements the cozy and luxurious vibe.
Food and drinks are served onboard. You can unwind by finishing your book while getting amazed at the landscapes sweeping through.
The narrow waterway along Lake Thun is steeped in impeccable turquoise water. A few houses are sitting on the sides of the banks while the lush mountains slowly appear at the front of the prow. The voyage is accompanied by the utmost refreshing scenery you’ve ever seen.
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The Central Church of Thun – Stadtkirche Thun
The central church of Thun, also known as the Stadtkirche Thun, is the most visited reformed church in town. The tranquil building looms out behind the trees with a long-established history dating back as far as the 14th century. However, the new building today was redesigned by Paul Nader in 1738.
One of the most iconic parts of the church comes from the distinguished medieval tower and late baroque sermon hall. Step inside the church and you will see an old organ built in the mid-20th century. You can spend around 45 minutes to an hour there. Make sure to spend more time browsing a small museum inside with catholic pieces.
Walk to the back of the church, you will be in awe at the scenic panoramic view of the Thun and the turquoise lake.
Thun Castle – Schloss Thun
Keeping up with the historical vibe, I lingered towards Thun Castle later in the day and immersed myself in the beauty of a 12th-century castle. It was built by Duke Berthold V of Zähringen and now serves as a museum.
The interior of the donjon is broken down into five different halls. They have all become a museum now hosting a plethora of significant artifacts.
Thun Old Town
Take it easy for the rest of the day, you can stroll around Thun Old Town, starting from the Aare river and meandering towards the cobblestone streets. The preserved old buildings line up along the sun-kissed public squares, bringing out such a beautiful vibe for a cool autumn day.
The best time to visit Thun is during August and September. This is a perfect place to indulge in the ancient castles and museum visits as well as live it up with lakeside activities and soak up the old town vibe.
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