The area of what is now the city of 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 Aare River.
The region of Thun became a part of the Holy Roman Empire in 1033, and the powerful Zahringen family, centered in Bern, brought the unruly nobles of central Switzerland under their control.
Medieval Thun’s origins go back to 1191, when Berthold V, Duke of Zahringen built a castle on the hill above the river Aare. The historic old town spreads out below the castle and in 1264 Thun received city rights.
Thun was connected to the railway network of Switzerland in 1859 and became the holiday getaway it is today. The lovely historic facades throughout the old town and above the Aare River date all the way from the medieval times through the Belle Epoch era. There were so many picturesque views and we took the opportunity to photograph some of our favorites!