Lakes & boats

Discover the Lake Thun region by boat

A boat trip on Lake Thun is a fabulous way to discover the many excursion destinations around the lake.

The region around Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland offers numerous interesting excursion options that you can easily reach by boat. Below you will find our favourites. With some of them you can benefit from discounted combined tickets. Take inspiration from us.

The Thun and Interlaken West ports are located right next to the railway stations. If you travel by train, you can plan your boat trip independently of your departure and arrival points.

Boat trip experiences

Relax, revive and indulge in culinary delights from the on-board kitchen – that's what a successful cruise on Lake Thun feels like.

Culinary delights

How about a good breakfast on board to start your trip on Lake Thun? The peaceful morning atmosphere on the lake is a very special experience. Or enjoy a trip on the lounge ship OaSee, where you will be treated to a culinary buffet of starters, grills and pizzas.

Lake Thun breakfast ship

Lounge cruise "OaSee"

Further culinary offers

Combined tickets (boat trip + excursion)

If you would like to visit one of the following excursion destinations, we recommend that you purchase a combined ticket. This includes the boat trip with admission or the mountain railway to the respective activity. 

Niederhorn (with boat, bus and mountain railway to the Niederhorn)

St. Beatus Caves (boat trip and admission to the caves)

Children's offers

On the steamship "Blümlisalp" there is a supervised Globi play cabin. Here, children from the age of four can play, paint, do handicrafts and sometimes listen to the popular Globi stories.

Globi play cabin on Lake Thun

Nature experiences

A boat trip on Lake Thun is a fabulous way to experience the beauty of the landscape. Combine the trip with a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore, a detour to one of the lidos or a visit to St. Beatus Caves, for example. If you decide to hike along the panoramic circular trail, the boat is a good choice for the way back.

St. Beatus Caves

Here you can discover hidden gems. Tree tunnels, great playgrounds, sculptures and a fishing station – no wonder this lakeside path is one of the most popular on Lake Thun. It is surprisingly little known among tourists. If it's warm enough, you should definitely take a dip in the water of the beautiful Spiez open-air and lakeside pool.

Spiez−Faulensee beach path

Lakeside & outdoor pools around Lake Thun

What could be better than relaxing by the lake on a hot summer's day and enjoying the sun? On Lake Thun, you will find countless opportunities to enjoy the crystal-clear, clean water amidst an impressive natural backdrop.

The following lidos are just a few minutes' walk from the boat landing stages:

St. Beatus Caves

St. Beatus Caves on Lake Thun are among the best-known and most popular excursion destinations in Switzerland! Explore the fascinating cave world of the Niederhorn massif on a well-maintained and illuminated path. Discover the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years and immerse yourself in a unique underworld.

In the cave museum you will learn all there is to know about cave exploration and, if you are hungry, a visit to the recently renovated restaurant Stein & Sein is recommended. 
 

 

Take advantage of our combined ticket and save 50% on admission to St. Beatus Caves.

Faulensee−Spiez beach path

Stage 1, Thun–Sigriswil

This hike takes you through medieval Thun, past idyllic Hünibach to Aeschlen. There, a little thrill awaits you at dizzying heights: the spectacular 340-metre panorama bridge, which leads 180 metres above the Gummischlucht gorge to Sigriswil. Now you can either continue on the panoramic hike in the direction of Merligen or take the path in the direction of the Gunten boat landing and round off your excursion with a leisurely boat trip in the direction of Thun or Interlaken.

Walking route Thun–Hünibach–Aeschlen– Sigriswil–Gunten 
Distance 12 km 
Walking times 4 hours 15 minutes
Elevation difference + 640 m / - 400 m 
Level of difficulty easy 

Niederhorn

You can be out and about on over 120 km of hiking and mountain trails, wandering across meadows and through forests in a state of relaxation, breathing fresh mountain air and enjoying the view of Lake Thun and the eternally snow-covered mountain peaks. High moors of national importance, karst fields and flora worthy of protection, including crocuses, alpine roses and edelweiss, will get the hearts of nature lovers beating faster. A rich animal world is to be found here, and encounters with ibexes, marmots or golden eagles are not uncommon.

Discover the Niederhorn

 

Buy a combined ticket for the journey to the Niederhorn (route: Thun–Beatenbucht–Niederhorn return)

Castle experiences

Five magnificent castles with well-tended parks lie on the shores of Lake Thun. From their towers you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the Alpine chain and the glittering lake. Various exhibitions take you on a voyage of discovery into the past, and the castle restaurants spoil you with gastronomic delights.

Please note the opening hours.

Thun Castle

Culture, history, legend

At Thun Castle you will travel through 800 years of history and gain a unique insight into the history and culture of the Thun region. Take a virtual tour of medieval Thun and meet historical personalities along the way. Visit the mighty donjon with the most well-preserved hall from the High Middle Ages. With the imposing tower, the Zähringers created a visible sign of their power in the 12th century.

Thun Castle

Hünegg Castle

The fairytale castle on Lake Thun

Hünegg Castle is not a conventional museum. Instead, it is a unique reflection of the way of life in times gone by. The complete and extensive furnishings have not been changed since 1900. The tour of the Museum of Historicism and Art Nouveau creates the impression that time has stood still. You almost expect to meet noble gentlemen in the salon.

At weekends, rarities and antiques are sold in the attic – though of course, no objects from the castle's collection.

Hünegg Castle

Oberhofen Castle

Magic from 8 centuries

Visit the romantic castle complex with its picturesque lakeside tower, oriental smoking salon and spacious park with a playground right by Lake Thun. Immerse yourself in the 800-year history of this monumental building. Since 1954, the castle has housed a museum dedicated to the history of its former inhabitants. It also gives a voice to those without whom the life of the Count de Pourtalès and his family would have been unthinkable – the servants.

Oberhofen Castle

Schadau Castle

Hotel and restaurant

Schadau Castle was built as a private summer residence from 1846 to 1854. It is a listed building of national importance and is now owned by the city of Thun. Enjoy the historic ambience with an overnight stay in the castle hotel, a fine meal in the castle restaurant or a walk through the beautifully situated Schadau Park.

Schadau Castle

Spiez Castle

Experience 1,300 years of history

The permanent exhibition presents the former castle inhabitants of the von Strättligen, von Bubenberg and von Erlach families in an interactive way. Stations to try out, 3D viewers and the knights' path bring past times back to life – a special experience for children and families.

Combine the castle tour with a walk through the well-tended castle garden and enjoy the dreamlike location with a glass of wine from the Spiez vineyards in the castle café.

Spiez Castle

Availability Today (Thursday) open

On Lake Thun the ships sail all year round.

Rates

Route tickets

You can buy individual tickets for a specific route directly in the online timetable together with your train ticket. Or you can buy your ticket directly on the boat when boarding.

Day passes

First class

  • CHF 119.00 Adults
  • CHF 59.50 Half-Fare travelcard
  • CHF 24.00 Children, 6–15.99 years
  • CHF 179.00 Globi family day ticket 2 adults / 4 children
  • CHF 89.50 Globi family day ticket with Half-Fare Card 2 adults / 4 children

Second class

  • CHF 79.00 Adults
  • CHF 39.50 Half-Fare travelcard
  • CHF 15.00 Children, 6–15.99 years
  • CHF 119.00 Globi family day ticket 2 adults / 4 children
  • CHF 59.50 Globi family day ticket with Half-Fare Card 2 adults / 4 children

 

Saver Day Passes for train, bus and ship

Travel around Switzerland all day long on public transport from CHF 29.00.

Early birds are rewarded – those who book the earliest pay the least. Travel around Switzerland all day long on public transport from CHF 29.00 – by train, bus or boat.

 

Vouchers & savings tips

Here you will find BLS Schifffahrt vouchers and interesting savings tips.

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Thun, Spiez or Interlaken West. 

The Thun and Interlaken West ports are located right next to the railway stations. From Spiez train station it is a 15-minute walk to the landing stage.

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