By Hannah Shambroom
Thun
Switzerland
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A small city situated in the center of Switzerland, Thun provides an interesting mix of medieval history, local culture, and stunning landscapes. Its location at the base of the River Aare, where it flows out of Lake Thun, provides beautiful, scenic waterfront views from nearly anywhere in the city. For those looking for a quaint Swiss vacation, EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore Thun.

The closest airport accessible to Thun is the Bern Airport (BRN), located in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The 16-mile drive from the airport to the center of Thun will allow you to take in some breathtaking views of Switzerland’s countryside. It is also possible to access the city by flying into Geneva International Airport (GVA), about 120 miles from Thun, and taking a relaxing and scenic train ride to your destination. From whichever city you choose to start your trip, EscapeWizard.com can assist in booking your flight reservations; click (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to get started today! EscapeWizard.com can also assist with your accommodations using our convenient hotel booker (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Visit our website today to start planning your next trip.

Thun acts as an agricultural center for Switzerland, bountiful in forests, mountains, and water. EscapeWizard.com suggests beginning your explorations of this classically Swiss city in the historic Old Town. Thun boasts a deep-rooted medieval history, becoming part of the Holy Roman Empire in the 11th century. Situated one the Aare about half a mile from the shores of the lake the Old Town is the oldest, most historic part of the city, inhabited by humans since the Neolithic Age. With a museum and castle to explore, it is a great place to start learning about local culture.

Zahringen Castle, at the heart of the Old Town, dates back to the 12th century. EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting the history museum located inside to brush up on the heritage of this charming city. There are notable displays of medieval armor and history as well as a thorough explanation of rural life in the 12th century. Be sure also not to miss the town hall, called “The Rathus,” which was erected in the 16th century, nor the Panzermuseum, with several World War II armored vehicles on display. For those interested in art, EscapeWizard.com recommends seeing the Wocher Panorama, supposedly the oldest remaining panorama drawing in the world, at the Kunstmuseum. After exploring the impressive cultural institutions of Thun, take a stroll along the Aare River or the shores of Lake Thun, stopping to grab a bite to eat at one of the many waterfront restaurants and cafes.

Thun is an easy and ideal starting point for daytrips into the Bernese Alps. In winter, the surrounding hiking and ski regions cannot be beat. This part of the mountain range features many famous peaks, such as Neisen, Stockhon, Niederhorn, and Jungfrau. Ferdinand Hodler, a celebrated Swiss painter of the late 19th century, was so moved by the landscape of this region that he did a series of paintings of Jungfrau and Lake Thun. See for yourself the mountains that inspired these great artworks by taking a daylong hike up into the heart of them. In the summertime, water sports are a popular pastime. Thun boasts the oldest sailing school in Switzerland – try your hand at taking a boat out on the glassy calm lake. The clean lake water is also perfect for bathing, surfing, and diving. If you’d prefer to stay on shore, there is a lovely beach that is popular among bathers in the warmer months.

Whether winter or spring, summer or fall, Thun is a wonderful place to experience true Swiss culture and hospitality. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your trip to this picturesque city today!