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Boat trips on Lake Thun - how it works, routes, prices, discounts

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Lake Thun from Hilterfingen

Hilterfingen along Lake Thun.

Lake Thun boat trips

A boat trip at the lake is a great way to explore the lake, the surrounding green hills and the snow-capped Alps of the Bernese Oberland at a pleasant pace. It can easily be combined with a visit to other attractions.


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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Lake;
    Scenic trip, By boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Lake Thun cruises

Lake Thun is situated west of Interlaken, and is a bit larger than Lake Brienz east of Interlaken.

There are different boat trips to be made. The main one is from Interlaken to Thun and takes about 2 hours. Whatever you choose, a boat trip is a great way to enjoy the beautiful region at a slow pace.

The boats have 1st and second class sections. 2nd class is usually at the upper deck. Most boats have a restaurant or a bistro on board.

Watching the lake from the peaks

For a panoramic view of the lake you can combine your boat trip with a visit to a mountain:

  • Take a boat to Beatenbucht and combine your cruise with a trip up the Niederhorn.
  • Take a boat to Spiez and a short train ride to Mülenen for a trip up to Mount Niesen.

Boat trip and St. Beatus caves combined

There is a boat dock called 'Beatushöhlen-Sundlauenen'. From there, you can walk to the caves in about 25 minutes.

Boat and train or bus combined

A nice round trip is to travel from Interlaken to Thun by boat, and back by bus via the north side of the lake, or by train via the south side.

Boat trip via Spiez

A shorter trip is a boat trip to the nice little town of Spiez. From there you can walk to up the train station in about 20 minutes and take the train back.


Although sunny clear weather is great for a boat trip, it's still worth it if it's cloudy or drizzling. Check the timetable in order to see which trip suits you best or how to combine it with another attraction.

Insider tips

  • The boats depart just outside the rail stations of Thun and Interlaken West, but you can board in many towns along the lake.
  • You can easily combine a boat trip with a visit to the Niederhorn or the St. Beatus Caves.

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