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Thun in May 2005

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Thun in May 2005

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide us. We will be traveling from California, to Paris then on to Switzerland towards end of May 05....any suggestions on train travel from Paris, I suppose into Bern. We have reservation in Thun at Hotel Freienhof/Best Western(any comments regarding hotel -

4 nights) so would have to get there from train station in Bern. I am interested in doing some genealogy work in the Thun area. It looks like a beautiful little city...what is the population? We are thinking about renting a car if we come into train station in Bern as there are some smaller towns in the area we would like to visit....any suggestions? How far is the drive from Thun to Bern? If we do not rent a car what transportation could we expect? Any suggestions on activities, eating suggestions and sights in the area would be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to contacat me at maingel@aol.com if you would like.

Since we don't speak any german do you think we will manage OK? Can't wait for those chocolates and cheeses!

Thanks again for any recommendations you can provide....

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1. Re: Thun in May 2005

Don't rent a car...ride the trains because they are so incredibly efficient and on time. Since they are networked with the boats and buses you can go practically anywhere...even the small villages. We did a quick day trip to Thun and the city is fairly large - complete with old fairy-tale castle high on the hill and a wooden bridge across the river. The city is not as nice as Lucerne. You are very close to Interlaken which is the gateway to the mountain region which includes the Lauterbrunnen Valley (a must see). Interlaken sits between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Of course there are boats on both lakes. We took the boat on Lake Brienz to Geissbach Falls and then onto the town of Brienz (wood carvers). Just a few thoughts.

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2. Re: Thun in May 2005

It will take you 20 minutes by railway from Berne.

Thun has a charming old town with many small shops. The people are very friendly indeed and most of them speak a little bit English.

If you like to walk, take the bus from Thun up to "Heiligenschwendi Reha Zentrum" (30 min). Then follow the yellow signs to "Niesenb��nkli" through the forest. After one hour you will be opposite to the Bernese Alps and have a wonderful view down to the Thunersee.

See Thunersee area:

http://www.thunersee.ch/index_en.asp

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3. Re: Thun in May 2005

It will take you 20 minutes by railway from Berne.

Thun has a charming old town with many small shops. The people are very friendly indeed and most of them speak a little bit English.

If you like to walk, take the bus from Thun up to "Heiligenschwendi Reha Zentrum" (30 min). Then follow the yellow signs to "Niesenbaenkli" through the forest. After one hour you will be opposite to the Bernese Alps and have a wonderful view down to the Thunersee.

See Thunersee area:

http://www.thunersee.ch/index_en.asp

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4. Re: Thun in May 2005

Thun, Interlaken, or Lucerne, I'm searching for the best base for our Switzerland vacation. We enjoy the mountains and would like to do a little shopping. Can anyone recommend the best base for our trip. Hotel recommendation are also welcome.

My girlfriend and I will be in Switzerland for 3nights (we're in our 20's) and would like any recommendations for our trip you can offer.

Thanks.

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5. Re: Thun in May 2005

Public transportation in Switzerland is so well organized, so in most cases it is not necessary to hire a car. This is especially the case in the Bernese Oberland. In this region, a special tourist ticket is available. Anyway, if you want to hiere a car, do this at Thun itself.

In regard to excursions, see this website in English:

http://www.bls.ch/schiff/toptipps_e.html

or

www.berneroberland.ch/navi/sommer/home.htm

A must ist the boat trip to the Beatus-Caves. From Thun you can get to Berne (charming old town) in 20 minutes by train, or to Interlaken in half an hour. From there you can use the bus and cable car up to the Niederhorn (with superb view on the Bernese Alps).

Language: no problem! In this region, most of the people speak English, especially in shops, restaurants, hotels etc. In good restaurants, the menue cards are available in English.

You will find the rail timetable from Paris to Thun here:

http://www.rail.ch/

Welcome to Switzerland, and have a good time!

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