A Swiss Castle

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.

Yes, more bears.

Yes, more bears.

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.

Plenty more where these came from.

Plenty more where these came from.

Stoney takes a break from the climb at the base of the castle wall.

Stoney takes a break from the climb at the base of the castle wall.

It's a good spot to pause, because we get to look back on this view.

It’s a good spot to pause, because we get to look back on this view.

I don’t know if you can get a good sense of the hill here, but there is more to come.

Moving on. Isn't it lovely, all white and gleaming?

Moving on. Isn’t it lovely, all white and gleaming?

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…

Of course, in the castle courtyard, Theo found a cannon. We are highly skeptical that this is early castle equipment.

Of course, in the castle courtyard, Theo found a cannon. We are highly skeptical that this is early castle equipment.

Another climb later you enter a greatroom, which apparently served multiple purposes over the centuries, including torture chamber.

Just a big room.

Just a big room…

...with a big fireplace.

…with a big fireplace.

And also a very big view. Sorry for the interference on the lens receptor thing.

And also a very big view. Sorry for the interference on the lens receptor thing.

Here's that ferris wheel again! I've zoomed in a bit, with the mountains behind.

Here’s that ferris wheel again! I’ve zoomed in a bit, with the mountains behind. Hmm…I think this was shot from the courtyard.

I've finally got  him at my mercy!

I’ve finally got him at my mercy!

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.

These pikes were tall!

These pikes were tall!

An exhibit of early castle pottery works. The chickens are decorative, I presume.

An exhibit of early castle pottery works. The chickens are decorative, I presume.

This is a very old, faded, veryong tapestry. Imagine the noblewomen spending their days on this. Wow.

This is a very old, faded, very long tapestry. Imagine the noblewomen spending their days on this. Wow.

The upclose view of another, more detailed tapestry.

The upclose view of another, more detailed tapestry.

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.

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