Take a tour of exploration to the magical world of stone and water that is the St. Beatus Caves and hear the rushing and dripping of water. Prepare to be fascinated by the incredible shapes and colours of the grottos.
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. 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, or take a tour of discovery in the company of a tour guide.
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. Complete your tour with a visit to the caves museum to learn all you need to know about cave exploration.
A natural experience for all ages
For an unforgettable experience of nature, the St. Beatus Caves are well worth a visit. There is even a large playground with a dragon slide for children to enjoy. Amid this stunning natural landscape, the Panorama Restaurant is the ideal place to spend some time, enjoying fine food while gazing at Lake Thun and the breathtaking peaks beyond.
Open daily from spring to autumn
The St. Beatus Caves open daily from mid-March to mid-November. Group events can also be arranged outside of normal opening hours. Find out about a wide range of group packages and events.
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 that your trip is perfect in every way, please note
Personal tip"My personal tour of the caves was an overwhelming experience. The colourful, sparkling stone formations and the sound of the waterfalls were simply magical."
- 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