Lake Thun –  Deep blue waters encircled by mountains

Lake Thun – the heart of the Bernese Alps

Deep blue Lake Thun in the heart of the Bernese Oberland promises one-of-a-kind experiences on and in its clear waters. Drink in the panoramic mountain backdrop from the banks of the lake, or explore the five castles dotted around Lake Thun. Enjoy water-based activities and unwind in one of the wellness hotels overlooking the lake.

  • Bathing spots for recreation on Lake Thun

  • Range of water-based activities on Lake Thun

  • Relaxation in wellness hotels with lake views

  • Romantic castles and parks around the lake

  • Exciting day-trip destinations around Lake Thun

Recreation, relaxation and culture by Lake Thun

The deep blue Lake Thun is the largest lake in the Bernese Oberland. The lake promises views of meadows, forests, alpine pastures and mountain peaks. One particularly memorable sight is that of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Another attraction of Lake Thun is the old-time steamer known as the "Blümlisalp". On the relaxing two-hour trip from Thun to Interlaken, take the chance to unwind and savour some culinary delights at the same time. The mountain landscape comprising the Niesen, Stockhorn and Niederhorn – plus the castles on the lake shore – is sure to delight every visitor.

Pretty villages around Lake Thun

Around Lake Thun there are scores of idyllic villages to discover, and each has a charm of its own. Aeschi, a village above Lake Thun, offers a unique perspective of the deep blue waters and the surrounding landscape. On the opposite bank is Sigriswil, where visitors can admire the breathtaking aspect of the Niesen, also known as the Swiss pyramid. For those who want to see the water up close, Spiez or Oberhofen make perfect choices. Prefer to stroll to cultural attractions? Then the town of Thun doesn't disappoint. Find your favourite village to enjoy the perfect stay by Lake Thun.

Pushing the boat out – Boat trips on Lake Thun

At any time of year, a boat trip on Lake Thun is a unique experience for those in search of an extra-special panorama. The surrounding mountain peaks appear particularly impressive when seen from the water. In the winter, when the white peaks gleam, the mountains exert a truly magical magnetism. Softly but purposefully, the ship glides over the gentle waves as a fresh breeze gusts in your face – an experience guaranteed to blow stress away. In addition to the normal scheduled services, a variety of culinary cruises are offered all year round. Give your taste buds a treat aboard the Fajita Boat, or enjoy a balmy summer evening on the lounge ship "OaSee". Which cruise will you choose?

Magical world of stone and water by Lake Thun – the St. Beatus caves

The impressive St. Beatus caves are located right by Lake Thun. Explore a world of water and stone, and see incredible stalactites and stalagmites. The gushing waterfalls, dramatic underground gorges and dripping walls will take your breath away. The caves museum presents interesting facts on the subject of cave exploration. Become an explorer yourself when you visit the St. Beatus caves.

Fabulous castles by Lake Thun

Five towering castles define the landscape around Lake Thun. Soaring above the town from the Schlossberg, Thun Castle really catches the eye. Meanwhile Schadau Castle enchants the visitor with its stunning lakeside grounds. Also on the banks of Lake Thun is Hünegg Castle, which features a lavish Art Nouveau interior. Standing near the Oberhofen landing stage, you can’t miss the romantic sight of Oberhofen Castle. On the other side of the lake is Spiez Castle, constructed in the loveliest bay in Europe. Visit the historic structures around Lake Thun and experience culture up close.

Suspension bridges with dream views of Lake Thun

As you make your way over a springy suspension bridge, you will feel the butterflies in your stomach. The two suspension bridges near Lake Thun guarantee views of a peerless natural backdrop as well as the deep blue lake. The panoramic bridge in Leissigen crosses the Spissibach stream and offers superb views of the lake as well as the Niederhorn opposite. Visitors will find the Sigriswil panoramic bridge on the other side of the lake. Cross the Gummischlucht gorge and marvel at the sight of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Drinking in this dream view, you will soon forget your trembling knees.


Admire Lake Thun from a fresh perspective

Why not admire the deep blue Lake Thun from a different angle? The mountains around the lake promise 360-degree panoramas that must be seen to be believed. Take the funicular railway up the Niesen to drink in the views 2,362 metres above sea level; the adjacent mountain is the Stockhorn. Alongside the views, the sheer range of hiking routes will delight you. On the far side of the lake is the Niederhorn. From the summit, various activities are available for a unique excursion, including scooter biking, hiking and alpine orienteering. Which mountain will capture your imagination?

Musical events on Lake Thun

Every August, the Seaside Festival – a two-day musical extravaganza by Lake Thun – is held in the bay of Spiez, also known as «Europe’s most beautiful bay». Another musical highlight of the summer is the Thunerseespiele in Thun. The performances of the Thunerseespiele, which vary every year, captivate the audience, creating evening moods to savour by Lake Thun.

Immerse yourself in a diverse world of water

There are several idyllic bathing sites around Lake Thun, where you and your family and friends can take to the waters under your own steam on a rented pedalo. Alternatively, you may wish to paddle from Thun (Gwatt) to Leissigen with a canoe or stand-up paddle. Wondering about all the things you can do around Lake Thun? The possibilities for water sports are endless: try your hand at sailing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, water skiing, kayaking or even something new like surfski paddling.

Relaxing times by Lake Thun

Take the time to breathe and unwind. All around Lake Thun, you will find unique oases of wellness complete with stunning views. Bubbling waters, relaxing saunas, invigorating steam baths and beneficial massage treatments will restore harmony to the mind, body and soul. Take a break where the lake meets the mountains, and leave the daily grind behind.