Driving from Interlaken along Lake Thun there are some dramatic stretches of road to reach the city of Thun on the far side of the lake.
There are many bridges spanning the waterways leading into the historic section of Thun. All very colourfully decorated with flowers and flags and pretty painted buildings lining the river front.
Thun Castle is high up on the hill overlooking the town.
The castle which dates from the 12th century now houses a museum of the area. The great hall is used for concerts and plays or can be used for private events.
One of the beautiful hand painted plates on display which depicts a good version of the castle.
There are several floors to climb and once you wind you way up to the tower, even on a rainy day you are rewarded with a view like this. With the church steeple in the foreground and Lake Thun in the distance.
Rooftops of Thun.
The Town Hall directly below the flag pole and banner.
Walking back down the cobbled streets through an arch in the old wall.
Time to stop for a snack at a lovely Cafe- Confiserie called Reber. On the left an open faced sandwich with asparagus and a glaze and on the right this wonderful soft pretzel bread. The filling was a whipped butter that was so light and the combination was so good!
Time for some more walking along the river.
One of the covered bridges from the 1800’s. The bridge and the beautiful flowers which lined it were an attraction in themselves, but there is a secret on the other side.
With the water flow coming from the bridge it was enough for local surfers to practice their skills!
Another longer covered bridge with the charming row of buildings behind. There was a surfer here too, I just did not capture him in this photo.
On the way back to Interlaken in a beautiful setting on the lake is Oberhofen Castle. If you search Lake Thun most often a photo of this castle will show up.
There is a 6 acre park on the castle grounds with English style gardens.
As the restored paddle steamer comes into dock near the castle it is the end of another wonderful day in Switzerland.