Thun, Switzerland, lies south of the capitol, Bern, on the northernmost tip of Lake Thun. The day we drove through was lovely and warm (although Theo’s jacket makes it seem otherwise). My destination was the castle, so different from the one in Carcassone. We found public parking and began the hike through town.
Well, I say hike. Really, more of a climb. The castle, as I should have realized if I had given it a moment of thought, is on the high ground. Steps abounded.
I don’t know if you can get a good sense of the hill here, but there is more to come.
There was a lot under reconstruction. Everywhere we went thus far in Switzerland had been under reconstruction. For that matter, so had Italy. I guess when your monuments are as old as these, they take a fair amount of constant upkeep. More of Thun’s castle follows…
Another climb later you enter a greatroom, which apparently served multiple purposes over the centuries, including torture chamber.
From the big room you could go up in the towers. Stoney and Theo did, and saw all kinds of wonders. I passed on yet another set of steep stairs. I am sure it was awesome; I am sure of my limits as well. If you go down stairs you reach in the big room, you find these exhibits.
I really enjoyed the castle, and wondered what it would be like if the whole thing were restored and open to the public. It was sizable, but not as big as I had imagined. I guess castles come in all sizes, though. From here, we wandered back to our car, picking up lunch in a grocery store on the way. I was exhausted, and looking forward to moving on in Switzerland.