Thun lies at the north western end of Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland and is the eleventh largest city in Switzerland with 44,000 inhabitants. The city’s most famous landmark is the castle built between 1180 and 1190 and towering majestically over the town below.
The town has cobblestone streets to stroll around with traditional rows of houses and the Alpine views by the lake are of the green lower mountains and snowy peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Thun is just over 100km from the town of Montreux by bike and the cycle route is well signposted through the town of Bulle and over the Jaun mountain pass with an elevation gain of 1,523m. The route takes you through mountain villages and along roads with wide open views with grazing wild mountain deer, before descending through Charmey to Thun.
There are plenty of cafés to recover in and we found ‘Simply Bar & Coffee’ was popular with cyclists and offered some great food, Bernese artisan beers and a good cappuccino.