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Guidebook for Oberhofen am Thunersee

Eva Maria

Guidebook for Oberhofen am Thunersee

Food Scene
Very scenic. The restaurant has a new design but is built into the old walls of the castle. The team is very young and has a great spirit. They cook with regional ingrediants. On some Sundays they have a really nice brunch. It is best to reserve and ask for a table next to the large window if you go for brunch or dinner. For lunch you could just walk in and sit in their patio in the shade.
Schloss Oberhofen
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Very scenic. The restaurant has a new design but is built into the old walls of the castle. The team is very young and has a great spirit. They cook with regional ingrediants. On some Sundays they have a really nice brunch. It is best to reserve and ask for a table next to the large window if you go for brunch or dinner. For lunch you could just walk in and sit in their patio in the shade.
This is a really nice spot to drink a glass of wine or lemonade and to eat snacks. It is perfect to drop by maybe after a stroll through Oberhofen, or coming back from the beach. You can observe the people coming to take a picture of the castle or the ships docking at the pier.
Pier 17
10 Schlossgasse
This is a really nice spot to drink a glass of wine or lemonade and to eat snacks. It is perfect to drop by maybe after a stroll through Oberhofen, or coming back from the beach. You can observe the people coming to take a picture of the castle or the ships docking at the pier.
Parks & Nature
This is the beach area of Oberhofen. It is a great little spot to go swim in the lake or just to enjoy the sun. There is a playground for kids and a small bistro where you could get some snacks, drinks and ice cream.
Strandbad Oberhofen
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This is the beach area of Oberhofen. It is a great little spot to go swim in the lake or just to enjoy the sun. There is a playground for kids and a small bistro where you could get some snacks, drinks and ice cream.
The Niederhorn you can reach by car/bus and then taking a gondola. Up on the mountain there are great views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You may spot ibex and marmots. If you feel adventurous you can rent a little scooter to go downhills.
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Niederhorn
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The Niederhorn you can reach by car/bus and then taking a gondola. Up on the mountain there are great views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You may spot ibex and marmots. If you feel adventurous you can rent a little scooter to go downhills.
Sightseeing
The St. Beatus Caves are a very impressive site to visit on those rainy days. You can walk about 900 meters into the mountain and get to see many great rock formations. Make sure you take a jacket with you, even in summer. it is always around 8 degrees in the caves. Best is to take the ship from Oberhofen Pier to Sundlauene and then hike about 25 minutes to the caves. Alternatively you may take the bus (free of charge with your Panorama Card) or the car to Beatushöhlen. There is as well a small museum where you get to see some mountain crystals.
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Beatushöhlen
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The St. Beatus Caves are a very impressive site to visit on those rainy days. You can walk about 900 meters into the mountain and get to see many great rock formations. Make sure you take a jacket with you, even in summer. it is always around 8 degrees in the caves. Best is to take the ship from Oberhofen Pier to Sundlauene and then hike about 25 minutes to the caves. Alternatively you may take the bus (free of charge with your Panorama Card) or the car to Beatushöhlen. There is as well a small museum where you get to see some mountain crystals.
Essentials
This is the best option for grocery shopping in Oberhofen. It is just a short walk from the chalet and opens even on the weekends. You find everything you need to cook a meal and they do have really good fresh bread. They sell as well local wine (yes Oberhofen has its own wine) and local beers from Interlaken (Ruggenbräu)
Volg
15 Staatsstrasse
This is the best option for grocery shopping in Oberhofen. It is just a short walk from the chalet and opens even on the weekends. You find everything you need to cook a meal and they do have really good fresh bread. They sell as well local wine (yes Oberhofen has its own wine) and local beers from Interlaken (Ruggenbräu)
Arts & Culture
The castle is dated from 1200 and has had several different ownerships. The museum is showing the history of his past inhabitants. The exhibition gives you a good idea of how the Bernese upper class life style must have been sometimes inbetweeek the 16th and the 19th century. There is a really nice park attached to it. It is perfect for walking and lake watching. There are a few really big and old trees and the park is well maintained. (The castle closes for the winter season, closed on mondays as well)
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Oberhofen Castle
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The castle is dated from 1200 and has had several different ownerships. The museum is showing the history of his past inhabitants. The exhibition gives you a good idea of how the Bernese upper class life style must have been sometimes inbetweeek the 16th and the 19th century. There is a really nice park attached to it. It is perfect for walking and lake watching. There are a few really big and old trees and the park is well maintained. (The castle closes for the winter season, closed on mondays as well)
This is another beautiful museum in a castle on the shores of lake Thun. What is really special about this museum, is that its interiour are unchanged since 1900. When visiting it feels as if the inhabitans could come back anytime and continue their everyday life. The museum closes sometimes in October and opens usually in May.
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Hünegg Castle
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This is another beautiful museum in a castle on the shores of lake Thun. What is really special about this museum, is that its interiour are unchanged since 1900. When visiting it feels as if the inhabitans could come back anytime and continue their everyday life. The museum closes sometimes in October and opens usually in May.
Shopping
If you have time consider to visit the Swiss capital. Its old town is UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and it is very scenic. A bid plus are the arcades that allow for covered open air shopping. You can easily spend a rainy day in Bern without getting wet. Another thing you should not miss are the bears, the Zytglogge - clock tower and the markets (they are usually on Tuesday and Saturday mornings)
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Bern
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If you have time consider to visit the Swiss capital. Its old town is UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and it is very scenic. A bid plus are the arcades that allow for covered open air shopping. You can easily spend a rainy day in Bern without getting wet. Another thing you should not miss are the bears, the Zytglogge - clock tower and the markets (they are usually on Tuesday and Saturday mornings)
On Burchgasse, there is a really cool cheese specialty shop called Käserei Haldemann. Stop by and say hi to Renate, the owner. She sells cheese from the alps around the Lake Thun. You may pick up as well fresh yoghurt and milk.
Burchgasse
On Burchgasse, there is a really cool cheese specialty shop called Käserei Haldemann. Stop by and say hi to Renate, the owner. She sells cheese from the alps around the Lake Thun. You may pick up as well fresh yoghurt and milk.
Entertainment & Activities
The Fitness park offers a bog indoor pool, a fitness center and saunas. It is currently (Summer 2017) under renovations, but will open sometimes in Autumn. I am looking forward to explore the updated version, since already the old version was perfect for the winter days.
Migros Fitness Park Oberhofen indoor pool
34 Staatsstrasse
The Fitness park offers a bog indoor pool, a fitness center and saunas. It is currently (Summer 2017) under renovations, but will open sometimes in Autumn. I am looking forward to explore the updated version, since already the old version was perfect for the winter days.