Knowledge & culture

Thun Castle

At Thun Castle, you can experience culture and history up close. Explore and be amazed.

Set against the breath-taking backdrop of Thun Castle, the Castle Museum invites you on a journey through more than eight centuries of history. See the awe-inspiring donjon built by the Zähringian dukes in around 1200. Trace Thun’s development as a town while discovering the selected treasures of Thun’s Town Hall collection. Learn more about the 800-year history of the “stadtholders”, or stewards, of Thun Castle – from the Zähringer and Kyburg dynasties, through to the various “Schultheisse” (a medieval rank equivalent to that of mayor) of Thun, who were appointed in Bern. Experience the pomp and glory of the high-medieval Great Hall. Take in the unique carpentry of the roof truss, which dates from 1434, and enjoy the impressive views of the city, lake and Alpine panorama from the top of the towers. In addition, the “Neues Schloss” (“New Castle”) hosts an annual special exhibition.

Special exhibition

Swords – Epees – Sabres.

The collection of historical weapons, uniforms and hunting culture belonging to the Thun Castle Foundation comprises a broad range of objects – from simple Swiss daggers to enormous gun barrels. A number of the weapons now in the castle museum’s holdings have histories with particularly close links to Thun, while others reflect interesting aspects of Swiss military history. The selection of cold weapons on display in the special exhibition invites visitors to find out more about the world of knights, justices, well-defended citizens of Thun, Swiss soldiers and hunting culture from the Middle Ages to the First World War.

Night at the museum

Ghost stories at Thun Castle

Who knows the secret of the Sodbrunnen fountain in the castle courtyard? Did you know that the Knights’ Hall was also used for bowling in the Middle Ages? Do you know the legend of the White Lady? No? Then it’s high time that Sir Gerold took you on a night-time tour of the castle to tell you these and other spooky tales. The stories are supplemented with historical facts and explanations about the building and the workings of the castle over eight centuries.

Together, accompanied by a tour guide, you’ll make your way through the darkened castle. Illuminated by lanterns, the interiors of the Thun landmark appear quite differently than in daylight. Let yourself be surprised and ponder the mysteries as you go. Spooks and scares are guaranteed. The night-time tour begins at dusk at the Sodbrunnen fountain and lasts for 1.25 hours.

Public tours:

Saturday. 2 April 2022
Saturday, 7 May 2022
Friday, 3 June 2022

Start

21.00 hours

 

Group tours for companies and organisations with up to 20 people available on request.

«Night at the museum» public tours

  • CHF 20.00 Adults
  • CHF 15.00 Teenagers (14-16 years)

«Night at the museum» group tours

  • CHF 450.00 Fixed price (up to 20 people)

 

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

Information and reservation

Children & families

Become a knight

There are many ordeals to overcome before you are knighted. Just as in medieval times, your training takes place in three stages: first as a page, then a squire and finally a knight. And just as in the Middle Ages, you must undertake a knight’s quest to another castle. Possible destinations include Oberhofen Castle, Thun Castle and Spiez Castle. From May to October; for children aged 6 to 12; CHF 10.00 per knight’s pass.

Detective trail in the castle

There are clues hidden inside the castle. If the little detectives manage to follow these and solve all the puzzles, they can use the correct code to open the wooden chest inside the prison. The piece of evidence that awaits them inside can be exchanged for a small reward at the ticket desk.

Children’s birthday parties

Whether they want to be knights, princesses, dragon-slayers or treasure-hunters – at Thun Castle, children aged 7 to 12 can celebrate an unforgettable birthday.  With or without party buffet/barbecue, as desired. From CHF 200.00 all-inclusive. Max. 8 children plus 2 adult companions

Fairytale wedding in Thun Castle

The romantic castle grounds offer a stylish setting for your dream wedding. Towering over Thun, with views of the surrounding mountains, Thun Castle is a unique, picture-postcard idyll. The castle hill and the town of Thun have a shared history spanning more than eight centuries. An ideal place to make your eternal vows. Whether in the renovated rooms of the new castle or in lofty Thun Castle with its four towers and feudal knights’ hall, in the restaurant, in the banqueting rooms, lounges, castle courtyards or hotel: the unique atmosphere of this historical setting is palpable everywhere.

Enquiries, information, rates and advice

Opening times Today (Saturday) open

Opening times, castle museum

1 February 2022 to 31 March 2022
Daily 13.00–16.00 hours

1 April 2022 to 31 October 2022
Daily 10.00–17.00 hours

1 November 2022 to 31 January 2023
Sundays 13.00–16.00 hours

25 December 2022 to 8 January 2023
Daily 13.00–16.00 hours

1 February 2023 to 31 March 2023
Daily 13.00–16.00 hours

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Entry fees, museum castle

  • CHF 10.00 Adults
  • CHF 8.00 Concessions*
  • CHF 3.00 Children aged 6 to 15.99
  • CHF 8.00 Groups of 10 or more people**
  • CHF 5.00 Audio guide (D, E, F, I, Chin.)

* Retirees, recipients of invalidity pension, trainees, students with ID, military personnel
** Per person

Free to children under the age of 5.99 as well as with the Raiffeisen members’ card, Swiss Museum Pass, Museums-Pass-Musées, Swiss Travel Pass and for members of the patrons’ association (“Förderverein”).

Entry fees, special exhibition

  • CHF 5.00 Adults
  • CHF 3.00 Children aged 6 to 15.99

Schlossführung für Gruppen

  • CHF 140.00 Audio guide (D, E, F, I, Chin.) zuzüglich Eintritt Schloss

Lake Thun Castle Card

The Castle Card (Schlössercard) grants individuals / families discounted entry to four major cultural-heritage sites by Lake Thun and a refreshment break at the Restaurant Schloss Schadau.

The Castle Card is valid for one year from the date of issue. You therefore have plenty of time to explore the four museum castles and enjoy a good coffee, prosecco or syrup on the wonderful terrace offering panoramic views of the mountains.

  • CHF 35.00 Individuals
  • CHF 70.00 Families (2 adults, 2 children)

 

Included in the price:

  • Entry to the castle museums at Thun, Oberhofen, Hünegg and Spiez
  • 1 drink (coffee, prosecco, wine, syrup) per person at Schadau Castle

Available at the reception desk of each of the five Lake Thun castles: Spiez, Schadau, Thun, Hünegg and Oberhofen.

 

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

Arrival

From the train station and the Thun boat landing stage, the castle can be reached in approx. 15 minutes via the Old Town and the castle steps or the church steps by the town-hall square.

From the Parking City Ost Schlossberg car park, the lift takes you directly up the castle hill

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