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The castles of Lake Thun

A fairytale kingdom stretches along the shores of Lake Thun.

Five splendid castles, each surrounded by extensive parkland, lie directly on the lakeside, offering incomparable panoramas of the Bernese Alps. The castles of Spiez, Hünegg, Oberhofen, Schadau and Thun will spirit you away into the historic world of the Swiss nobility. All of the locations can be easily reached by boat or bus from Thun or Interlaken West.

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    Highlights

    Hünegg Castle – the fairytale castle by Lake Thun

    On visiting the museum of historical home decor and the art nouveau style, you’ll have the impression that time has stood still since 1900. The castle is surrounded by carefully designed parkland including many native and exotic trees characteristic of the period in which the castle was built.

    Oberhofen Castle – eight centuries of magic

    This romantic castle on the shores of Lake Thun has an imposing medieval keep and a picturesque lakeside tower. It is home to a museum of life that evocatively portrays the feudal domestic culture of the Bern region from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The magnificent parkland and castle gardens also include a “tree gallery”.

    Schadau Castle – the pearl of Lake Thun

    This listed castle is one of the most architecturally significant and beautiful castles in Switzerland. Its unparalleled location and magnificent views of the lake and mountains will delight every guest.

    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.

    Spiez Castle – the medieval castle

    Located on a small peninsula, the castle and its romantic chapel are among the most beautiful and impressive witnesses of Bernese history on the shores of Lake Thun.The castle documents the transition from a medieval castle to a patrician residence.It is surrounded by a large, well-kept park and offers magnificent panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

    Thun castle – a symbol of power

    Solid yet noble in proportion, this 12th Century medieval castle with its distinctive four towers sits proudly on the Schlossberg hill, high above the Zähringer city of Thun. The striking castle offers incomparable views of the mountains, city and the lake. Thun’s historical museum, showcasing the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage, is housed in the five large halls of the tower (the castle keep).

    Train to be a knight

    From mid-May to mid-October, boys and girls can learn how to be a knight in the three lakeside castles of Oberhofen, Spiez and Thun.

    Opening hours

    Hünegg Castle

    Mid-May to mid-October: Tuesday to Saturday 14.00–17.00 hours, Sunday and public holidays 11.00–17.00 hours

    Oberhofen Castle

    Mid-May to mid-October: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00–17.00 hours (closed Monday)

    Spiez Castle

    Mid-April to mid-October: Monday 14.00–17.00 hours, Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–17.00 hours
    July and August: Monday 14.00–18.00 hours, Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–18.00 hours
    General public holidays: 10.00–17.00 hours

    Thun Castle

    April to October: daily 10.00-17.00 o'clock 
    November to January: every Sunday 13.00-16.00 o'clock (21.December 2019 to 02. January 2020 daily from 13-16 o'clock opened)
    February and March: daily 13.00-16.00 o'clock

    Schadau Castle

    Open daily

    Subject to change without prior notice

    Rates

    Entry to Thun Castle museum

    • CHF 10.00 Adults
    • CHF 8.00 Concession*
    • CHF 3.00 Children aged 6 and over
    • CHF 20.00 Families**
    • *    Students, apprentices, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension, groups of 10 or more people
      **  2 adults and 2 children

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

    Entry to Spiez Castle

    • CHF 10.00 Adults
    • CHF 8.00 Concession*
    • CHF 2.00 Children**
    • CHF 20.00 Family ticket***
    • *     Students, apprentices, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension, groups of 12 or more people
      **   Aged 2–16
      *** 2 adults and 2 children

    Entry to Oberhofen Castle

    • CHF 10.00 Adults
    • CHF 8.00 Concession*
    • CHF 2.00 Children**
    • *   Students, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension, groups of 10 or more people
      ** Aged 6–16

       

    Entry to Hünegg Castle

    • CHF 10.00 Adults
    • CHF 8.00 Concession*
    • CHF 5.00 Children**
    • *   Students, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension, groups of 10 or more people
      ** Aged 6–16

    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

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    Why not combine a visit to the castles with a boat trip on Lake Thun?

    Arrival

    Hünegg Castle

    Take the train to Thun. Continue by bus to the “Hilterfingen, Post” stop. From there, you can reach Hünegg Castle on foot in about 7 minutes.

    Oberhofen Castle

    Take the train to Thun. Continue by bus to the “Oberhofen a. T.” stop. From there, you can reach Oberhofen Castle on foot in about 4 minutes.

    Spiez Castle

    Take the train to Spiez. From there, you can reach Spiez Castle on foot in about 13 minutes.

    Thun Castle

    Take the train to Thun. From there, you can reach Thun Castle on foot in about 11 minutes.

    Schadau Castle

    Take the train to Thun. Continue by bus to the “Thun Scherzlingen/Schadau” stop. From there, you can reach Schadau Castle on foot in about 2 minutes.

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