Flights to Thun
Thun isn’t one of Switzerland’s better known cities, but it’s a scenic and interesting destination all the same. Thun is situated within the canton of Bern and is about 30 kilometres from Bern itself around the centre of Switzerland.
The Bern Airport (airport code: BRN) is only 20 kilometres away from Thun and is the best place to arrive if you are coming to Thun. Most flights from South Africa have 2 stops but you can get a 1-stop flight to Thun with either South African Airways or Lufthansa. They both travel through Munich. Iberia goes via Madrid and Paris, while Virgin Atlantic has a flight to Thun via London and then Paris. Flight times range from 13 hours to more than 20.
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The Tourist Attractions of Thun:
Thun isn’t as tourist oriented as some cities in Switzerland, though it really is quite a gem of a city. Part of the appeal of Thun is that there are usually less tourists here than in many of the other major Swiss cities, and there are some beautiful landmarks here too, including not one but two castles!
Thun Castle is the older of the two, having been built at the beginning of the 12th century. It’s set on a hill above Thun that makes sure it’s visible from miles around, and of course gives visitors great views for miles around too. The best views are from the corner towers and from here you can even see the Alps. The representation hall is one of the best preserved in Europe, plus the castle is home to the historic museum that features exhibits on regional history.
A far newer addition to the city of Thun is Schadau Castle. It was built between 1846 and 1854 and is said by many to be one of the most beautiful castles in Switzerland. Inside there is a popular restaurant, as well as the Swiss Gastronomy Museum.
There’s also Schadau Park and another attraction here is the Wocher Panorama. This is a stunning hand-painted panorama of Thun that was drawn from one of the city’s rooftops. The painting was the first of its kind in Switzerland and is the oldest remaining large-scale panorama in the world.
Set within the former Grand Hotel of Thun is the city’s largest museum, Kunstmuseum Thun. It houses collection of permanent and temporary art, including art from many different genres and periods. The museum shop and café are a great place to sit out on the terrace, admiring the views over the river.
When Should You Visit?:
Temperature wise Thun is very pleasant for sightseeing during the summer months. The average high ranges between 20.5 and 23.5C between June and August, the only problem is that these are also the wettest months of the year. September can be a good time to visit Thun though, as temperatures are still warm and rainfall is less. Winters are cold and somewhat wet too, so not a good time for sightseeing. January is coldest, when the average high is just 2C.