Surrounded by fabulous mountain scenery, a myriad of cozy villages, and the charming cities of Thun and Interlaken, Lake Thun is an Alpine lake in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in this region owing to Water sports, walking and hiking along Lake Thun, popular skiing areas in winter and of course the breathtaking panoramic mountain view.
Lake boats sail Lake Thun all year round. On the opposite side of the lake, in the Bay of Spiez, which is presided over by a beautiful castle, you will find small vineyards. Also worth visiting are the twelve one-thousand-year-old Romanesque churches along the coastline. Winters are ideal for excellent and family-friendly ski and snowboard runs. Niesen (2362m), Stockhorn (2190m), and Niederhorn (1950m) are the well-known panoramic mountains around Lake Thun. They are reached by cable cars and are starting points of beautiful hiking trails, challenging bicycle tours and paragliding adventures.
On the north shore of the lake is the St. Jacob’s Trail which leads to St. Beatus Caves. In this region, subterranean stream and immense stalagtite formations can be admired on a guided tour. As legend has it, St. Beatus lives at the entrance to the cave.
The lake is fed by water from Lake Brienz to the south east, which lies 6 metres higher than Lake Thun, and various streams in the Oberland, including the Kander (only since 1714). Lake Thun was created after the last ice age and was originally part of Lake Brienz.