Medieval Thun Castle has been a majestic symbol inextricably linked with the town of Thun since the 12th century. The four white towers can be seen atop the castle hill from far and wide. The views of the surrounding mountains, Lake Thun and the old town are worth the visit alone.
Thun Castle is open all year, whatever the weather. Discover a knights’ hall dating from the Late Middle Ages and drink in the impressive all-round views from one of the towers. Elsewhere the exhibition of the castle museum will interest people of all ages. Before visiting, it’s worth checking the events calendar for Thun Castle: with everything from classical concerts to special illuminations, the castle serves as a cultural venue too.
The castle through a child’s eyes
Children can celebrate their birthdays here, and explore the castle in a fun way. "Made in Thun" is a search game that invites kids to crack a code to open a mystery box. They can also learn to be knights on the Knight’s Trail, which takes in the castles of Thun, Oberhofen and Spiez.
Treasure chamber of history
Built by the Dukes of Zähringen, the castle is a true treasure chamber of history. Audio guides in German, English, French, Italian and Chinese recount the colourful history of the castle, or you can take a castle tour to learn more about background of this Swiss cultural icon. Your museum visit is easily combined with an evening meal at the Restaurant and Hotel Schlossberg.
Knight’s hall for regal occasions
Looking for a grand venue for your wedding, birthday or company celebration? From mid-March to mid-November, you can rent the knight’s hall – which also has excellent acoustics.
Photo opportunity: View from the castle towers
The views from the castle towers are unique. To enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Bernese Alps, the old town and Lake Thun, the castle tower is the perfect spot for that photo to remember.
Your highlights at a glance
- Panoramic views of the old town of Thun, Lake Thun and the mountains
- Open all year
- Destination not dependent on the weather
- Castle tours available
To ensure your trip is perfect in every way, please note
Personal tip"From the old town, I walked up the stone steps towards Thun Castle. At the top, the views of the Stockhorn and the surrounding peaks were sensational. Stepping through the entrance and into the courtyard, I felt I had been transported back to the Middle Ages."
- Check the current opening times in advance
- Book a castle tour in advance
- Wheelchair users should enquire about access points before visiting