Thun is located in the centre of Switzerland, in the German-speaking canton of Bern, thirty kilometres outside of the Swiss capital. The town evolved at a spot where the River Aare is born out of Lake Thun, giving the place a magnificent natural setting, with the Swiss Alps towering above the skyline -- just adding to its breathtaking beauty.
Thun is the perfect place if you want to experience what Switzerland used to be like centuries ago. This is a town where time stands still, medieval architecture beckons at you wherever you go, and where nobody is ever in a rush -- it can be an ideal destination if you want to leave your busy routine behind and enjoy the simple beauties in life.
A stroll around the town is an ideal activity for a lovely sunny day and cannot be complete without a visit to Thun Castle, with its museum of armory, the Rathaus (Town council house), the Reformed Church of Scherzligen, and the former Hotel Thunerhof, which are all listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. However, there is lots more to do around. For a lovely and relaxed day trip, you can opt for the impressive lakeside Castle of Schadau or the St. Beatus Caves. Alternatively, you can go on a cruise of the charming lake or try one of the more adventurous options of hang-gliding or paragliding above it.
Thun can be an excellent base for hiking and cycling excursions as well. With the nearby and easily accomplishable Niederhorn offering heavenly views above the lake, more confident hikers might attempt one of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau trio. Your Thun hostel can be an excellent base from which to experience all of the things Thun has to offer.
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