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Thun – located on the shore of Lake Thun




Thun is in the canton of Bern and is a municipality in Switzerland. It is located 30km south of Bern and here River Aar flows out of Lake Thun. The food industry and publishing are of economic importance here along with tourism. Machine and apparatus engineering is also well known here. Hiking, mountain biking, water sports, swimming etc., are some of the activities one can enjoy.
There are beautiful views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and, the giant pyramidal Niesen (2362m) and flat-topped Stockhorn (2190m). Obere Hauptgasse, and the tranquil, cobbled Rathausplatz at its northwestern end were once flooded and the new one is the renovated one. There are many places to visit. The Swiss Gastronomy museum, Muehleplatz, Aare River, Lake Thun, Wocher panorama etc,
• Schadau Park and Castle: This is the Castle of the twelfth century. It also a history museum which has medieval armors and weaponry. Built in 1190 and occupied by the Bernese in 1386. Schadau Park is at the lakeshore, but on the station side of the river. This has tended flowerbeds and views across the water to the mountains
• The Rathaus (town hall): This was erected in the 16th century.
• Lake Thun: This is the lake with a view of Bernese Alps along with Niesen, Stockhorn and Jungfrau peaks. Lake Thun is the largest lake in Switzerland. It is surrounded by green mountains and Jungfrau snowy summit. There are water-sports and swimming, if interested. One can just walk or else, enjoying the view.
• The Wocher Panorama, the oldest remaining panorama drawing in the world. It’s a part of the Kunstmuseum Thun. The name is originated because of the painting of the artist Marguard Wocher. His painting depicted small town of Thun. It’s of the nineteenth century and one can view an intimate view into living-rooms, classrooms and narrow streets. The paints have marvelous mountains, mirrored in the blue of the lakes and are beautiful. The panorama shows view from the quays along the river Aare to Niesen, Blüemslialp, and Jungfrau peaks and back to the castle.
• Niederhorn (1954 m/6411 ft): One can get by rail, boat or by bus. The other modes of transfer are by funicular and by aerial cableway. This is a vantage point in the Bernese Oberland. Lakes of Thun and Brienz to the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau can be viewed from this vantage point.
• Kunstmuseum Thun Concept and Program: The Kunstmuseum Thun is in the former Grand Hotel which has all the collection of the city of Thun since 1949. In five to six large exhibitions per contemporary art trends at international levels are shown. The collection embraces important minor masters, a large number of Swiss pop art works, classical modern Swiss art and works by all the renowned artists of the region. Among the artists represented in the collection are: Cuno Amiet, Ferdinand Hodler, Paul Klee, Franz Gertsch, Balthasar Burkhard, Claudia & Julia Müller, Chantal Michel and Shirana Shabhazi.
• Project room enter: The project room “enter” is a special platform for young innovative art. The small exhibitions held there offer scope for artistic experimentation and exciting insight into current, not yet fully formulated positions in art.
• Museum shop and Café Thunerhof: It is the best art book store in the region. It has a large selection of original art books for children. The Café Thunerhof serves warm and cold snacks.

How to get there:

• By Train: The Berne S-Bahn operates from Berne to Thun. The suburban trains are connected to the Berne metropolitan area. Non-S-Bahn suburban trains operate from Thun to Hasle-Rüegsau.
• By Car: From national motorway A6 from Berne or Spiez, Thun can be reached. This highway has two exits (Thun South, Thun North).
• By Foot: Thun can be got around by walk.
• By Bus: Thun has a local bus-system. The STI brings around the city.

Best time to visit / climate:
The place of Thun is best to visit during the summer. Thun is full of flower blooms and its scenic views, lakes are best enjoyed. Hiking, biking etc., are the best things to do.

Location on Google Maps:

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Driving directions from Zurich to Thun in Switzerland, on Google Maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):
Booking.com
Restaurants on World66.com (list of best restaurants in lauterbrunnen)
• http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml
Restaurants on TripAdvisor (list of restaurants)
• http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g188053-Thun-Hotels.html
Virtualtourist.com
• http://www.thun.ch/en/tourism/accomodation/hotel.html

Blogs / Sites about Thun:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/thun
• http://www.isyours.com/e/guide/berner_oberland/thun.html
• http://www.magicswitzerland.com/thun.htm
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Thun
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Switzerland/Thun/tpod.html
• http://www.travelpost.com/EU/Switzerland/Bern/Thun/2105725
• http://www.yukiba.com/1446-thun-switzerland-europe-trip.html

Images and photos of Thun:

Google Images
• http://switzerland.europe-mountains.com/bern/thun-gallery.aspx
• http://www.infohub.com/pictures/images_thun_4296.html
• http://photobucket.com/images/Ao%20thun%20nu/
• http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Switzerland/West/Bern/Thun/
• http://realtravel.com/dp-18993-0-thun_photos
• http://www.infohub.com/pictures/images_thun_4296.html

Videos of Thun (link)




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