The town of Thun, what to do and hiking tips

Thun - Sightseeing and hiking

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The former Schadau castle near Thun.

Attractions and hiking routes around Thun

Below are the attractions and hiking routes we suggest for Thun.

SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND THUN

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Boat trip Lake Thun

Enjoy the views while relaxing on the boat on beautiful Lake Thun.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Golden Pass line

Beautiful scenic train ride from Lucerne via the Bernese Oberland lakes to Montreux.

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Niesen

The pyramid shaped mountain with a hotel, restaurant and 360° view over Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps.

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Guided walking tour through the Old Town of Bern

Your guide will explain about the history of Bern while showing you the historical town center, including the clock tower, House of Parliament and the cathedral. The tour takes 1.5 hours.

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Self guided audio tour of Bern

Would you like a walking tour in Bern at your own pace? You can pick up an audio device from the tourist information center and start exploring and learning about the UNESCO World Heritage in the Old Town of Bern.

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Unique tour inside the Bern clock tower

Every tour in Bern takes you along the pretty Zytglogge (clock tower), but this tour actually takes you insider the tower. You can see the clockwork from up close, and enjoy the view over the town. The tour takes 50 minutes.

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City walking tour in Bern with a private guide

Your private guide takes you along the clock tower, the cathedral, the bear park, and the entire Old Town that Bern is famous for. The tour takes 2 hours and can be customized to your interests.

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REGIONAL HIKING SUGGESTIONS

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Niederhorn - Waldegg

Wonderful route with lots of views all around the Bernese Oberland.

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  • Hiking time: 3h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1202 - 2056 m
  • Distance: 8.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Allmenalp - Usser Üschene - Kandersteg

Explore the impressive surroundings of the Alpine town of Kandersteg.

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  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1176 - 1805 m
  • Distance: 8.6 km
  • Terrain: meadow, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Kandersteg - Frutigen

Enjoy the Kander valley and learn about Swiss rail at the same time.

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  • Hiking time: 5h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 780 - 1238 m
  • Distance: 16.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, along railway, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Kiental - Tschingelsee - Kiental

A route to the lake in the beautiful Kien valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h50
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 922 - 1159 m
  • Distance: 9.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Faulensee - Spiez

Explore the village of Spiez, its marina and Lake Thun in less than 2 hours.

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  • Hiking time: 1h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 557 - 672 m
  • Distance: 7.7 km
  • Terrain: vineyard, town, along lake, valley, forest
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Frutigen - Reinisch - Frutigen

A varied route around the village of Frutigen in the Kander valley.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 772 - 906 m
  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)

Gastern valley

A friendly nearly trafficless valley surrounded by impressive rock walls.

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  • Hiking time: 3h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1196 - 1495 m
  • Distance: 11.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)
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