Le Chic En Rose

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The Thunersee  (Lake Thun) area is simply stunning and has drawn us back on more than one occasion. I blogged about a previous visit there a few years ago (here). Set amongst the snow capped peaks of the Bernese Alps, it has a timeless appeal and an ethereal beauty.

 

Having settled into our holiday apartment by the marina in Spiez (see last week’s post here), we decided a late afternoon cruise on the lake was in order.  Our Swiss Passes covered the cost of the journey. Having done a fair bit of research into this, I’d definitely recommend this option rather than paying as you go for each individual journey in Switzerland, as it will save quite a bit of money.

We headed off on the historical steamer, Bluemlisalp, towards the city of Thun that lends its name to the lake. The lovely old steamer, from the Belle Epoque era, has been beautifully restored preserving the ambience of the old with the modern comforts we expect today. She sails only during the summer season, which luckily for us included May!

 

We sailed around the lake for about 45 minutes admiring the breathtaking scenery and enjoying the crisp mountain air before turning to go up the channel towards Thun.

 

We were enchanted with Thun from the first time we visited there a few years ago. With its historic Altstadt, wooden timbered buildings and the River Aare gushing quickly under the old bridges, it is reminiscent of the better known Lucerne. However it’s not on the tourist trail in the same way. The large tourist groups “do” Lucerne and Interlaken and whilst you’ll see plenty of backpackers round Thun station, the vibe is that of a bustling Swiss town mainly full of locals going about their business.

 

 

 

We stocked up with provisions at the small Co-op supermarket near the ferry quay and then headed down the pathway by the side of the river towards the main square. The little bar, which we had visited on a previous trip, was still there and we settled down for an early evening drink watching the world go by. Since time was drawing on, we headed back to the ferry quay in time, we hoped, to catch the last ferry back to Spiez. The best laid plans though… the next one wasn’t due to depart till the following morning. This being Switzerland, the problem was quickly resolved. We just crossed the road to the main station and caught the train back down to Spiez – a 10 minute ride away.

 

 

I’ll be writing more about Thun in future posts but next week we’ll head off on a day trip up to Zermatt and Gornergrat!

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17 thoughts on “Lakes and Mountains – Thunersee

  1. I just love the colour of those Alpine Lakes.

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    1. Yes the colour is such a rich deep blue – even on cloudy days the alpine scenery is beautiful 🙂

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  2. Anabel Marsh says:

    Love the crisp mountain views.

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    1. The scenery is stunning – it’s such a lovely part of the world 🙂

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  3. restlessjo says:

    This is just about my favourite way to spend tiime, Rosemay! What a stunning scene! I would love to be there 🙂 🙂

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    1. Yes isn’t it gorgeous Jo – could spend hours sailing round the lake admiring the scenery it’s so relaxing! Wish I was there now too – this was back in May! 🙂

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  4. What a beautiful place. The mountain is just incredible and I like the houses you passed as well.

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    1. Thanks Hanna – it’s a lovely area with stunning scenery and the houses are so charming too!

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  5. Such beautiful views! Looks like a stunning place to visit!

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    1. It’s an incredible place to visit – the mountains set against the beautiful blues of the lake it’s all so beautiful! 🙂

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  6. I simply cherish the shade of those Alpine Lakes…

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    1. They are so beautiful 🙂

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  7. The pictures are just stunning Rosemary, it is so gorgeous there. We did that same cruise and really enjoyed it, so relaxing and so many lovely views to take in. Our son was a bit younger then so it would probably be more relaxing now!!

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    1. Thanks Joy – it’s a wonderful place and cruising along the water is such a lovely way to enjoy the scenery. I would have felt anxious though with a small child in tow! Hope you can go back there again at some point and enjoy a more relaxing cruise! 🙂

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  8. Lovely pictures❤

    We were also in Switzerland on May. As a part of our rail trip on Glacier express, we visited Zermatt and Gornergrat also. I can’t wait your article! 😊

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    1. Thanks – what a coincidence we may have been there on the same day! We did the Glacier Express a few years ago but only went to Zermatt very briefly so were pleased to do a day trip there on this visit! Will have to check out your photos too! 🙂

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