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The town of Thun

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Detail of a boat at Lake Thun

Detail of the boat ’Blümlisalp’ boat in Thun.
© H. Heij

About Thun

The Bernese Oberland begins in Thun. It's an atmospheric town on the lake and a perfect base for all kinds of day trips.


Find attractions and hiking options around Thun.



The hotels you can book in Thun.



Rent an apartment or holiday home in or around Thun.



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Facts about Thun

Location and scenery

Thun is a strategic location to spend your holidays. It's only half an hour by train from the capital Bern, there are boat trips directly from town, and very good train connections to many destinations. These include the Valais, Simmen valley and the Jungfrau region.

If you want to explore the Bernese Oberland but also other parts of Switzerland, Thun makes an excellent base.

Pros and cons of Thun

As mentioned, the location of Thun is a big plus. Also, the town is very atmospheric. It has a beautiful old town center and the blue river Aare is prominent feature.

Thun is big enough to offer enough shops, hotels, restaurants, museums and other facilities to have a good time, even if weather isn't favorable.

Thun is close to, but not in the mountains. If you prefer alpine villages, you'd best check out the smaller villages in the Jungfrau region.

Sightseeing tips

Our suggestions for sightseeing in Thun are below. Be sure to check the features of your rail pass, as it may get you discounts on several attractions.

Please find more activities here.

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