Thun occupies an admirable site on the shores of Lake Thun with beautiful views of the peaks of the Bernese Alps, such as the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and, closer at hand, the giant pyramidal Niesen and the flat-topped Stockhorn. Thun (pronounced "Toon") is one of the most original towns in Switzerland and is much overlooked by visitors pressing on to Interlaken. With its picturesque castle and quaint medieval center, Thun is well worth a visit and in fact has been very much commended by famous visitors such as the poets Goethe, Rilke or Kleist. At the beginning of the 19th century, with the construction of several hotels and with the first steamers cruising on Lake Thun, Thun became a major tourism destination.
Situated within green mountains and snowy summits, Lake Thun is one of the loveliest and largest lakes in Switzerland offering many opportunities for watersports. In addition, a well documented network of walking paths along the shores and above the villages in the foothills invite for activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Thun, the gate to the Bernese Oberland
offers several attractions within city imits, and is an excellent base for daily excursions to numerous sights around Lake Thun, the Jungfrau Region and the Simmental Valley. More attractions and activities in the Thun and Lake Thun region.
Thun is located in Central Switzerland, at 560 m (1,837 ft) above sea level on the northern end of Lake Thun where the Aare River resumes its course. The city has an area of 21.6 square kilometers (8.3 sq mi). Of this area, 32% is used for agricultural purposes, 20% is forested, and approx. 46% of the land is settled (buildings or roads).
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The nearest international airport is Zurich-Kloten which is easily accessible with numerous daily direct trains (travel time is about 100 minutes by train or car). The other Swiss international airports are also quite close: Geneva-Cointrin is reached within approx. 140 minutes by train or car, and the EuroAirport in Basel-Mulhouse within 110 minutes by train and bus, or by car. Nearby located is the regional airport of Bern-Belp with some international flights, and which is within just 15 minutes driving distance.
Thun is a major stop of all trains on the north-south axis, and thus, easily accessible from the destinations in the north (Germany, Zurich, Basel and Bern), as well as in the south (via the Loetschberg Tunnel: Milano, Italy and Brig - Rhone Valley, and Interlaken). Travelers arriving from the west (France, Lake Geneva Region) either connect through Bern, or via Spiez and the Simmental with the scenic train Golden Pass
, and travelers from the east (Lucerne) also connect via Bern or with the Golden Pass Train over the Brunig Pass to Interlaken.
Thun is connected to the Swiss network of Highways via the A6-Highway, and thus, easily accessible from all major destinations in Switzerland as well as the neighboring countries. The A6 connects in the north in Bern to the other Highways, and in the south gets drivers to Interlaken, or to the car transporter train through the Loetschberg Tunnel to destinations in the Rhone Valley and Italy. Drivers from/to the west (Lake Geneva Region, France) either travel via Bern or might want to consider the more scenic drive through the Simmental Valley; drivers from/to the east (e.g. Lucerne) also drive via Bern or the scenic way over the Schallenberg Pass.