We got up early to another sunshine-y day. We went to the station for breakfast and coffee to go, and had it in our room while packing. Somehow, my suitcase didn’t want to contain my stuff anymore. It was weird, since there was nothing new in it…
Anyway, after our nice brekky we headed back to the station to get our train. Unfortunately, the train was a replacement train which didn’t go all the way to Bern like it was supposed to and we had to change trains along the way – I felt sorry for the non-German speakers because the announcement was only in German. Even with the announcement, the train we were told to catch to Bern was also cancelled so we had to catch the next one and we had missed our connection to Thun. I was a little worried that our tickets would be checked and questioned on why we were on the trains we weren’t allowed to be on… But we weren’t.
We arrived in Thun and it is just beautiful!! I kept wanting to take photos but had my hands full with luggage so had to wait. Our luck was in and we were able to get into our room immediately, even though it was only about 10:30am, and could have a coffee and get changed into shorts and tshirt and figure out a plan of attack. Our accommodation is in an old guild hall and it’s just lovely. The room is the biggest we’ve had on this trip, too! And it faces onto the town hall square so we have a nice view as well!
The Thun Castle is right nearby as well – only it’s at the top of a huge long staircase that was no fun to walk up! The castle itself was pretty on the outside but definitely not worth the admission. There was just a very few items exhibited and they weren’t terribly relevant. The views from the very top – from the turrets – was very good though – we could see the whole town and far off to the mountains, which excited Eileen no end! 🙂
We had to leave our backpack in the lockers at the ticket office….and wandered off without them – for hours!…oops
After that we walked around aimlessly, admiring the covered bridges and beautiful buildings and the colour of the water and just everything really 🙂
We found a nice place for lunch right on the water – there were people surfing the wake in the river – gotta get your fun where you can, I guess!
We went back to our accommodation – while I went up that stupid staircase to the castle to pick up our backpack – no point both of us going. I picked up some brochures while I was there and saw there were other castles nearby which looked much more promising on the inside, so we decided to go to Oberhofen castle to check it out. We thought to go by boat but it wasn’t going for another 40 minutes and it was getting on in the day so we caught the bus there. The whole ride we were looking out the window and pointing out awesome sights to each other.
Oberhofen Castle was really nice – the staff were really friendly and the inside was decorated like one would expect. This one was definitely worth the price of admission! There was a pretty garden in the grounds as well.
They even had a dress-up section for the kids 🙂
I was getting tired and footsore, and in desperate need of a coffee, so we had one in the castle cafe, with great views of the lake and surroundings.
Then I had the brilliant idea of walking back to Huenegg Castle, which we’d seen from the bus and knew we wouldn’t get to see the inside of. The section between there and Oberhofen had been particularly beautiful, so we did it, since it was only 20 minutes…Those snow-capped mountains though! Ask Eileen how she felt about them… 😉
It took us a bit more than 20 minutes with all the stopping for photos, but we got there and just wandered around the grounds and attached park. It was only a smallish castle…
This is the gardener’s ‘cottage’:
We went back to the road and had intended to get the bus back to Thun from here, but the traffic was crawling along slower than we were, so we decided to walk the half hour back to Thun. We walked past castle Schadau on the other side of the river. It’s pretty impressive. We looked at maybe having dinner there – but a quick lookup of the prices on the online-menu had us coming back to our senses 🙂
We walked the rest of the way back to our accommodation – the vistas are all postcard-worthy. Eileen said it was like walking through a fairy tale. Definitely beautiful!
We were both feeling a little queasy and not interested in dinner, though we looked at a few places for later. Later didn’t happen – we didn’t want dinner. We did go out for a drink in a bar in the square below us and took a couple of night-photos afterwards.
Then it was time to collapse in bed. After labeling my photos, of course.