Knowledge & culture

Cultural Thun

You’re bound to be enchanted by Thun’s magical selection of museums, fairytale castles and medieval churches.

Thun offers a wide variety of different cultural attractions, including Thun Castle, the 12th century fortress of the Dukes of Zähringen; Schadau Castle; the Thun-Panorama and the Kunstmuseum Thun art gallery; and the town's many historical buildings. All these make Thun a coveted destination for culture fans.

Opening hours Today (Wednesday) open

This offer is available all year round.

Thun Castle

November to January: every Sunday, from 13.00–16.00 hours
Christmas to New Year every day
February to March: every day from 13.00–16.00 hours
April to October: every day from 10.00-17.00 hours

Schadau Castle

Open daily 


March to November: Tuesday to Sunday, from 11.00–17.00 hours

Kunstmuseum Thun

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00–17.00 hours
Wednesday, from 10.00–19.00 hours


Subject to change without prior notice


Cultural Thun: Thun Castle

  • CHF 10.00 Adults
  • CHF 8.00 Concession*
  • CHF 3.00 Children aged 6 and above
  • CHF 20.00 Families**
  • CHF 8.00 Groups of ten or more***
  • *     Students, apprentices, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension
    **   2 adults and 2 children
    *** per person

    For holders of the Museum Pass and for children under the age of 6, entry to the Castle Museum is free of charge.

Cultural Thun: Thun-Panorama

  • CHF 9.00 Adults
  • CHF 8.00 Concession*
  • Free of charge Children, young people, school groups
  • 10% discount Groups**
  • *   Students, apprentices, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension
    ** for groups of 10 or more

Cultural Thun: Kunstmuseum Thun

  • CHF 10.00 Adults
  • CHF 8.00 Concession
  • Free of charge Children, young people, school groups
  • 10% discount Groups**
  • *   Students, apprentices, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension
    ** Max. 20 people



Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration


Thun Castle

The 12th century Thun Castle overlooks the town in imposing style. Between 1180 and 1190, Thun Castle was built by the Dukes of Zähringen on the town’s Schlossberg. The castle overlooks the whole town of Thun, giving a unique panorama of the Bernese Alps and Lake Thun.

Over five storeys, the museum showcases the cultural development of the region over the last 4,000 years. The Thun Castle Museum is one of the most visited historical museums in Switzerland. The Knights’ Hall and all four corner towers are accessible to visitors. In addition, there is always something new to discover in the annually changing special exhibition.

Schadau Castle

The beautiful Schadau Park is situated right on the shore of Lake Thun. In wintertime, too, the park is worth visiting – both for its views over the lake and those of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. In the centre of the park stands Schadau Castle, a remarkable example of historicism built in 1850 in the style of the Loire châteaux.

Since June 2019, Schadau Castle has been reopened after 1.5-year renovation period and presents itself in new splendour. Nine wonderful hotel rooms and suites have been added, together with a bar featuring a large selection of sherry and port as well as a restaurant serving modern interpretations of classic dishes. 
In truly castle-like fashion, the culinary offering of course also includes Sunday brunch and afternoon tea, while guests can select the contents of their picnic basket for an aperitif or meal in Schadau Park.

Thun Panorama

The oldest preserved panoramic painting in the world was created around 200 years ago by artist Marquard Wocher.

Kunstmuseum Thun

The Kunstmuseum Thun attracts young and old, children and adults, novices and aficionados to view its many artworks.

Historical buildings

In Thun, a total of 28 historic buildings have been provided with uniform signage by the town council. You can learn more about the buildings on an individual tour.

Guided tours for groups 

Guided tours for groups can be provided on request. Contact details and reservations via Thun-Thunersee Tourismus.

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