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BLS Schifffahrt
Ranked #1 of 8 Tours in Thun
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Ahoy there - and welcome aboard! Turquoise blue waters, mountain peaks capped with eternal snows, and a cool breeze in your face - high time for a cruise on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz! So switch off and come to life! Leave your everyday worries behind, let your thoughts soar, and relax and unwind. A cruise on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz takes you past picturesque fishing villages and castles steeped in history. So whether it's Mediterranean flair on Lake Thun or a cruise through crystal-clear glacier waters on Lake Brienz, on every steamer the ship's kitchens are there to cater to our guests' well-being. What are you waiting for? "Cast off and set sail!"
Reviewed May 24, 2013

We got off in Thun from the train and walking out of the terminal, we decided to eat lunch on the boat. We boarded the boat with out Swiss Rail Passes and we treated to a nice sit down lunch and a bottle of wine. Very reasonabley priced for Switzerland. We rode the boat through every stop to Interlaken and then took the train to Brienz, where go on the boat sailing Lake Brienz back to Interlaken. This was a clear day, and the crystal blue and greens of the lake are stunning, surrounded by mountain peaks, quaints castles and small towns. Above Interlaken you can see crowds of paragliders. This is relaxing, romantic and a must do.

1  Thank Chuck T
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

The boat leaves a few times per day from the ground level of Intlaken West train station. We took the 2.30 pm tour which arrive at Thun by 4.30pm if you don't make any stop overs on the way. The cruise itself was very smooth ride filled with plenty of beautiful snow capped mountain background and clear greenish water. Plenty of seats on the boat, 2nd class on the lower deck and 1st class on upper deck. We were on 2nd class and enjoyed it. I would imagine this gets much more crowded in the summer time though so make sure you know what you are getting when you pay.
There are numerous stops of cute little towns along the way. Some with nice hotels and cafes by the lake. Some with waterfall and of course the famous castles by the shore. We were tight on time so we didn't get off anywhere until the final destination at Thun.
Once you arrive the town of Thun, you will face with more bustling building blocks than you anticipated from a small town. Try walking pass them towards the old town (look for the castle), cross the lovely wooden bridge over the blue river. Enjoy the square and old cobble stoned streets. By the time we arrived, the castle is already closed (5pm) so we didn't get in but it did look a bit run down from outside. We spent rest of evening in the city of Thun.
Tips: if you stay in Interlaken, you may opt for the train to come back. No point of taking the cruise both ways (unless you want to). The train is cheaper, MUCH faster and has many more time slots for you to choose from. Enjoy!

6  Thank PoppyLV
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The cruise from Interlaken to Thun does take a while but it is worth every minute. The gentle cruise down the canal from Interlaken West gives you plenty time to get settled before you arrive on the lake . Once on the lake you get fantastic view of the Niederhorn and Neisen. As you go down the lake you can see the waterfalls at St Beatusholen. Stop of at the lakeside town of Spiez if you have the time. If not cruise down to Oberhofen Castle or continue all the way to the lovely town of Thun. Would suggest this as a complete change to being up in the mountains but you never really leave their beauty behind .

3  Thank swissonj
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We had a wonderful two hours sail from Thun to Interlaken today during which we had lunch. The trip gave us a different view of the lake in Winter compared to Summer. the food and drink served in the First Class section was great and reasonably priced. I woul recommend this cruise to anyone!

2  Thank Kevin F
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The boat's not only fun and beautiful, but it's also of practical use, as an alternative to the train. So if you're staying in Spiez, say, and you want to go to Interlaken, you can get a boat into Interlaken in the morning and a train back in the afternoon or evening. There are lots of sailings, and if you want you'll still have plenty of time even to get a train up to Grindelwald and back. The boat's covered by a Swiss Pass. You can get a cup of tea and a bun or something on board.

(For people staying in the middle of Spiez, if you do it like that you'll be walking downhill at both ends. Down from your hotel to the harbour, then down from the station to your hotel!)

1  Thank ELear
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