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Thun

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Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now 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 the Aare. A site at Renzenbühl had a local chief or nobleman's grave which contained one of the richest collections of early Bronze Age artifacts in Europe. Another site at Wiler contained approximately 1,500 maritime snail shells which were harvested from the Mediterranean and traded over the Alps.The name of the town derives from the Celtic term Dunum, meaning "fortified town". It fell to Rome in 58 BC, when Roman legions conquered almost all of Switzerland, and it soon became one of the main centers of Roman administration in the region.
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Water Body
Thunersee
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Schloss Thun
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Vieille Ville de Thoune
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa
Garuda Massage
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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Garden
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) Bern
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Observation Deck
Clock Tower - Zytglogge Bern
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern Bern
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Chateau de Chillon Veytaux
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Thun

Landmark
Obere Hauptgasse
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Kirche Scherzligen
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Flussbad Schwabis Thun
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Schadau Park
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Thun

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Art Gallery
Thun-Panorama
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Military Museum
Sammlung Historischer Panzer der Armee
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Foundation Historical Swiss Army Material
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Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Kunstmuseum Thun
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Thun

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Park
Bonstetten Park
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Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Thun

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Castle
Spiez Castle
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Swissgliders
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Duration: 3 hours
Water Body
Aare River Bern
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Lookout
The Cathedral of Bern Bern
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Children’s Museum
Chaplin's World Corsier-sur-Vevey
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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