We were more relaxed today and got more sleep in as we have covered both mountains we wanted to see and we wanted to take it easy for today.
We finally left the house at 10am and took the train to Interlaken Ost. We couldn’t buy west ticket from Grund so we walked from Ost station to West and see what Interlaken town was like.
I was hoping we could walk by the lake but the lake was behind and we had to walk on the main road which were full of shops. We also found many halal and Asian restaurants as there were many Arab, Indian and Chinese nationalities staying in Interlaken. Interlaken made a nice base if you also wanted to cover non-Jungfrau region. Plus eating out was easy with many halal and Asian restaurants available.
As we passed the park we saw many skydivers in the sky because today was such a sunny day. We saw a bunch of them landed in the park.
It was a 20 minutes walk to West station and we follow the direction for the cruise. We could see the cruise ship and was told we could buy the ticket on the ship. We also bought train ticket back from Thun to Interlaken west on the ship.
Lake Thun Cruise
The ship has first and second class. And there was restaurant inside. We sat outside on the second class and opened our picnic lunch as we started cruising
The colour of lake Thun was a beautiful turquoise blue which resulted from glacial particles known as “rock flour” which reflect the blue-green sector of the light spectrum.
The cruise stops at various points and most of them are hotels. I could see many holiday homes and people sunbathing and swimming in the lake. I made a mental note in my head that in my next summer trip to Swiss, on top of hiking we also need to stay in one of those holiday home by the lake. We also passed thru 3 castles: Spiez, Oberhofen and Thun Castle.
Thun Lake cruise was 2 hours journey. We alighted in Thun and continue to explore the old town of Thun.
Thun Old Town
Thun lies at the north-western end of Lake Thun, and is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland. The River Aare, which flows from Lake Thun to Bern, shapes the cityscape of the eleventh-largest city in Switzerland with some 44,000 inhabitants. 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.
Thun’s old town is also another highlight. We can stroll through the cobblestone streets, see the traditional rows of houses and explore Thun’s various small shops.
We found a more efficient way to Thun Castle without taking the stairs. There is an elevator to go up to the castle located in the parking building. The Castle in the modern days have been turned into a Hotel and Restaurant but you can still visit and roam around the area and look at the view of Thun village from above. There is also a small museum.
Nestled between hills and vineyards and dominated by a magnificent castle, Spiez on Lake Thun is an inviting destination. It is an ideal starting point for exploring a wide range of popular destinations in the Bernese Oberland and the Valais. We saw Spiez the first time when we get out of the Euro train from Milan and fell in love at first sight.
From Thun we took the train back and stop in Spiez. In Spiez we took the little lido train which took us around Spiez in 40 minutes. The train really saved our legs from having to climb on our way back.
From Spiez we took the train back to Interlaken and strolled leisurely this time and had dinner in one of the halal restaurants.
Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Interlaken, presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is also the starting point for numerous activities because if its central location.
Today was our last day in the Jungfrau region and the last 4 days had been amazing. We still have not explored Schynigge Platte, Wengen and Almendhubel. Hopefully we will be able to return again.