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The St. Beatus caves – a natural wonder by Lake Thun

Explore extraordinary grottos, chasms and vast halls

Take a tour of discovery in the magical world of stone and water that is the St. Beatus caves. Prepare to be fascinated by the incredible shapes and colours of impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, and hear the rush and drip of the bubbling waters.

Discover a magical world of stone and water

The imposing St. Beatus caves are situated high above Lake Thun. The limestone cave system – a natural wonder millions of years old – is guaranteed to amaze you. According to legend, the caves provided a safe haven for St. Beatus after he conquered and expelled a fire-breathing dragon that dwelled there in the sixth century. To this day, the underground gorges, imposing halls and bubbling waterfalls of St. Beatus caves exude a special power. Explore the unique cave system and immerse yourself in a fairytale environment of stone and water. You can reach the entrance to the caves from a path that takes you from the car park and through the forest. Along the way, you’ll cross several bridges over the waterfall as it exits the cave and hear the rushing and dripping of water.

Marvel at unique forms and colours

The St. Beatus caves make for one of the most popular day-trip destinations around Lake Thun. So far, roughly 14 km of the extensive cave system has been mapped. It is possible to explore one kilometre of this on your own when you visit. The pathways through the cave are secure and easily accessible thanks to modern electric lighting. Take a tour of the mighty limestone formations, and be enchanted by the unique shapes and shades on view in the series of grottos. The mountain is filled with stalagmites and stalactites that have taken millions of years to form. As you proceed, 25 information boards in German and English impart useful information on the St. Beatus caves, an unforgettable wonder of nature that is definitely worth a day trip. There is even a playground with a dragon slide for children to enjoy. Complete your tour with a visit to the caves museum to learn all you need to know about cave exploration.

Guided tours for individuals

Beleuchtete Tropfsteinhöhle St. Beatus-Höhlen am Thunersee

You can also discover the limestone caves on guided tours which take place every 45 minutes between the hours of 9.45am and 5.00pm. Start times are not exact and may vary according to daily operations. Each public tour takes around 75 minutes. Along the way, the tour guide offers interesting facts about the impressive ravines and wide rocky grottos in German and English. As an alternative to an informative guided tour, download the free «Saint Beatus» app for fast, interactive information on the caves on a personal tour of discovery.

Eat amid nature in the Panorama Restaurant

Panorama im Restaurant bei den St. Beatus-Höhlen

Exploring caves gives you an appetite. In the Panorama Restaurant at the St. Beatus caves, you can enjoy sustainably produced, regional dishes. The varied menu lists a wide selection of hot and cold choices, from snacks to full meals. From the charming garden, the views of the mountains and deep blue Lake Thun are wonderful. The restaurant is just a short walk from the car park.

Events for connoisseurs and explorers

Wasserfälle ausserhalb der Höhlen

Check out a wide range of events aimed at families, couples, friends and groups. St. Beatus caves offers memorable tours of discovery through gorges and grottos – and much more besides. For example, the yearly Children’s Day events are particularly popular. On these days, your kids have fun climbing and abseiling with cave explorers in sections dubbed Bern and Interlaken – while you savour culinary experiences in special surroundings. "La Tavolata" evenings are held on balmy summer evenings. Tables are pushed together to make a large surface on which Italian dishes are placed in pots for all to enjoy. Come along and experience that Mediterranean mood. On specific bank holidays, you can also treat yourself to a fine Sunday brunch at the Panorama Restaurant of the St. Beatus caves.

Exclusive cave raclette for winter

Beleuchtete St. Beatus-Höhlen bei Beatenberg

The St. Beatus caves open on certain winter evenings to host a very special cave experience – an exclusive cave raclette! Enjoy home-made mulled wine and mulled cider in the flickering candlelight and flames from the fire. Equipped with everything needed for a raclette, you make your way into the caves by the light of a lantern. As you find a cosy spot for yourself, you will be enchanted by the sight of a sea of candles in the raclette grotto. The lavish raclette à discrétion has everything you could wish for, from raclette cheese, bacon and pickled vegetables to fresh fruit and desserts – and drinks are included too. To ensure you remember the evening, you can even take the KISAG candlelight raclette home in a practical rucksack. For full details on the offer as well as the schedule, please contact the venue directly. St. Beatus caves are pleased to receive telephone enquiries and reservations.

Wide choice of group offers

Beleuchtete Stalagmiten in den St. Beatus-Höhlen am Thunersee

If you are visiting St. Beatus caves with a group, you have two options. Your group can, for example, join with individual guests for a public tour lasting around 75 minutes (in German and English). Groups of 10 or more persons are required to register in advance. Alternatively, there are exclusive packages for companies, clubs and other groups who can book private tours of the magnificent limestone caves – and combine their event with a good meal. The team at St. Beatus caves will be pleased to organise a unique group event on your behalf, even outside of normal opening hours.

Your highlights at a glance

  • Imposing limestone caves with magnificent grottos, halls and chasms

  • Individual and guided tours through a magical world of stone and water

  • Eat amid nature and overlooking Lake Thun at the Panorama Restaurant

  • Exclusive candlelight cave raclette in winter

  • Choice of group packages on request

To ensure your trip is perfect in every way, please note

  • Open daily from mid-March to mid-November

  • Photography and filming is allowed in the caves; tripods are not permitted

  • Warm clothing is recommended with caves temperatures at 8-10°C

  • Accessible by bus, boat and car

  • Parking spaces nearby

Conseil personnel

"My personal tour of the caves was an overwhelming experience. The colourful, sparkling stone formations and the sound of the waterfalls were simply magical."

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