Top 5 excursion destinations by Lake Thun

Discover the top 5 excursion destinations by Lake Thun

Visit these five excursion highlights by Lake Thun and make your stay in the region one to remember.

BLS cruises

Whether an excursion for two, alone or with family or friends, a boat trip on Lake Thun offers many unforgettable moments. Enjoy wonderful views of the majestic mountain world or historic castles and romantic lakeside villages, and combine the trip with a delicious on-board meal. Or perhaps you’d prefer a unique sunset on an evening tour? There’s something for everyone. For example, you can complement your boat trip with an excursion to the St. Beatus Caves or the Niederhorn.


The Swiss Pyramid by Lake Thun. Take the historic funicular railway, which dates from 1910, to the Niesen and marvel at the 360° panorama or the mystical atmosphere conjured up by the swirling clouds. At the Berghaus Niesen Kulm, you can indulge in culinary delights or stay overnight to watch the sunrise. Listen to live music or climb the longest staircase in the world with 11,674 steps on the Niesenlauf – the pyramid-shaped mountain has something for everyone. Children can look forward to a "Gschichtefahrt" (story trip) about the fox who lives on the Niesen and the "Niesendörfli" playground.


In just 20 minutes, the cable car will take you from Erlenbach up to the Stockhorn, where you can enjoy a spectacular view. Experience the delightful Oberstockensee and Hinterstockensee lakes, and explore their wide variety of hiking trails. To rest after a long hike, why not sit back and relax in one of the many restaurants? Adrenaline junkies can bungee jump from the cable car, 134 metres above the blue waters of the Hinterstockensee lake. In winter, the Stockhorn region, with its varied snowshoe trails, transforms into a snowshoeing paradise. Relax and enjoy the sun by the igloo on the banks of the Hinterstockensee or go skating on the frozen lake.


Even the journey up to the Niederhorn is spectacular. From the banks of Lake Thun to the peak of the Niederhorn, you can marvel at one of the Bernese Alps’ most beautiful panoramas. The mountains rise up majestically over the glittering waters of Lake Thun, crowned by the Three Peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. In addition to the wonderful view, you can also experience action on a scooter bike descent or colourful hikes through the impressive countryside. With a little luck, you might even encounter some of the local wildlife! In winter, you can experience action-packed sledge rides by day and night, explore the extensive network of winter hiking trails or ski down the well-prepared ski slopes.

St. Beatus Caves

The St. Beatus Caves by Lake Thun count as one of Switzerland’s most popular excursion destinations. Explore around a kilometre of the Niederhorn massif on a well-maintained and well-lit path. See stalactites and stalagmites that have taken millions of years to form as you delve into a unique underground world. If all this excitement leaves you feeling hungry, you can fortify yourself at the recently renovated restaurant "Stein & Sein", where the team serves up a variety of regional and culinary specialities. You can also visit the caves museum to learn more about the world of caves.

Other tips by Lake Thun

It goes without saying that the Lake Thun region has many more sights, attractions and enjoyable activities to offer. Find more inspiration by clicking on the button below.