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Thun - Sightseeing and hiking


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View from Niesen

View over Lake Thun and the beginning of the Kander valley from the Niesen.
© H. Heij

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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GoldenPass line

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

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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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

RegioExpress Lötschberger

A beautiful scenic train ride connecting the regions of Bern, Lake Thun, the Kander valley and the Valais.

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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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COVID-19 friendlyIndependent or small group activities that easily allow avoiding the masses Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

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 the UNESCO World Heritage in the Old Town of Bern.

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  • Attraction type: City tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Bern (Region Bern)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
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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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Unique tour inside the Bern clock tower

Nearly all tours in Bern take you along the pretty Zytglogge (clock tower), but this one actually takes you inside the tower. You can see the clockwork from up close, and enjoy the view over the town. The tour takes 60 minutes.

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Year-round paragliding from Beatenberg to Interlaken

This flight is available all year round, as long as the weather is good. It's a scenic tandem flight with views of Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, Interlaken and the Bernese Alps.

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COVID-19 Clean & SafeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety. Swiss "Clean & Safe" label or similar.

Holiday packages Bernese Oberland

Packages for a low-paced stay in the Bernese Oberland. You'll have one base and plenty of time for excursions. The train from the border/airport is included, as well as the hotel and a 50% discount on excursions. Offered by Jungfrau Tours, a Swiss travel specialist with 35 years of experience.

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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 apine 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)

Town walk Olten

An easy short walk in the pretty center of Olten. Ideal if you're interested in seeing a typical northern Switzerland town that is not too touristy.

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