Niesen

City of Thun

The city of Thun, which is located at the lower end of Lake Thun, is the gate to the Bernese Oberland. The historic Old Town is situated about one kilometer from the shore of the lake, on the river Aare. There is a castle in the center of the Old Town that dates back to the 12th century and boasts a museum.

The first settlement arose on today’s site of the city as early as 2,500 BC. The mighty castle was constructed by the Dukes of Zähringen. It has a fortification tower built between 1180 and 1190. The halls of the tower house a historical museum that exhibits artifacts from prehistory and early history as well as medieval objects, weapons and uniforms from the 18th and 19th century, a ceramic collection and a toy exhibition. The castle’s most splendid exhibit is the restored Knights Hall, dating to the 12th century.

Further sights in the Old Town include the town church with its tower dating back to about 1330, the town hall from the 16th century, the Old Town itself and the numerous restaurants and cafés along the Aare River.

The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rise majestically across Lake Thun, over which glides a historic paddle steamer. The castle and city church proudly dominate the late-medieval Old Town.
[Source: myswitzerland.com]

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High above

Flight from Thun over the Gemmi pass to Sion (Canton of Valais) and via the rhone valley, Martigny, Col du Pillon, Simmental back to Thun.

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Good Morning

View from the visitor’s platform on the Niesen towards east onto the sea of fog, hiding lake Thun, Interlaken and lake Brienz.

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Above the Clouds

View from the Niesen towards south into the Kander valley.

The Niesen is a mountain of the Bernese Alps in Swizerland. It overlooks Lake Thun, in the Bernese Oberland region, and forms the northen end of a ridge that stretches north from the Albristhorn and Mannliflue, separating the Simmental and Kandertal valleys.

Administratively, the summit is shared between the municipalities of Reichenbach im Kandertal, to the south-east, and Wimmis, to the west and north. Both municipalities are in the canton of Bern.

The summit of the mountain (2362 metres) can be reached easily by using the Niesenbahn funicular from Mülenen (near Reichenbach). The construction of the funicular was completed in 1910. Alongside the path of the Niesenbahn is the longest stairway in the world with 11,674 steps. It is open only once a year to the public for a stair run.

Because of its shape, the Niesen is often called the Swiss Pyramid.
[Source: Wikipedia]

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Autumn

Wonderful autumn mood at lake Thun, Canton of Berne, Switzerland.

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