• Deborah Kade

Flowers and a castle

Thun is a city located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun (Thunersee), 19 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Bern.

I like the reflection of the castle in the windows. These flowers are begonias and geraniums.

Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrisonin the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.

"The area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). During the early Bronze Age there were a number of settlements along the lake shore and the Aare. A site at Renzenbühl had a local chief or nobleman's grave which contained one of the richest collections of early Bronze Age artifacts in Europe. Another site at Wiler contained approximately 1,500 maritime snail shells which were harvested from the Mediterranean and traded over the Alps.

The name of the town derives from the Celtic term Dunum, meaning "fortified town". It fell to Rome in 58 BC, when Roman legions conquered almost all of Switzerland, and it soon became one of the main centers of Roman administration in the region.

The Romans were driven out of Thun, and out of the rest of Switzerland, by the Burgundians around 400 AD. The Aare became the frontier between the Christian Burgundians and the Pagan, German-speaking Alemanni, who lived north. The region was mentioned for the first time during the 7th century, in the chronicle of Frankish monk Fredgar. The town is first mentioned in 1133 as Tuno.

The region of Thun became a part of the Holy Roman Empire in 1033, when Conrad II gained the title of King of Burgundy. The emperors entrusted the Zähringen family, centered in Bern, with subduing the unruly nobles of central Switzerland. Around 1190 Duke Bertold V of Zähringen, built Thun castle and expanded the town. After Bertold's death in 1218, his territories went to Ulrich III von Kyburg.

In 1264 Thun received town rights and in 1384 the town was bought by the canton of Bern. Thun was the capital of theCanton of Oberland of the Helvetic Republic, which lasted from 1798 until 1803.

In 1819, a Military School was founded in the town, which later developed into the main military school in Switzerland. Thun was connected to the railway network of Switzerland in 1859 and telephone access made available in 1888."

The city’s most famous landmark is the mighty Thun Castle, with its tower that was built between 1180 and 1190, which towers majestically over the Old Town. A historical museum is housed in the tower rooms, showcasing finds from the past 800 years relating to the region and its history, as well as a special exhibition which changes each year. Pride of place goes to the restored 12th-century knights’ hall, however. The view from the castle tower of the mountains and the lake is also unparalleled.

Old city walls

View looking toward the lake

To get to the castle and church you need to climb and climb and climb....

They had a landing before climbing another set of steps. This was what you saw when you looked up.

The Fulehung

Which way is the train station?

Even the castle has beautiful hanging flowers.

Stadkirche Thun is close to the castle.

The massive octagonal front tower of the Stadtkirche Thun dates back to around 1330. The main entrance and the arched porch are both located on the ground floor of the tower base. The tower hall with its three pointed arched openings is decorated with paintings from around 1430. The nave is relatively new and was added in 1738. The late baroque sermon hall, decorated with stucco work, the communion table and pulpit (both in Renaissance style), as well as a plaque of stucco marble and a bronze sculpture are all inside the church and are well worth seeing.

More candles lit and prayers recited

The historical raised promenades in Thun's old town are yet another highlight. They are not the only reason to enjoy a stroll through the cobblestone streets. As well as traditional rows of houses, Thun is

home to various small shops on different levels that invite visitors to browse and explore.

The flowers in front of these shops were mostly begonias and fuchsia.

I feel the flowers on the flower bridges in Thun are as pretty as the flower bridge in Luzern.

Gorgeous flowers along the river.