Schadau Castle @ Thun, Switzerland
Schadau Castle and its surroundings have a history that ranges back to 1348, the first written reference to the House of Schadau. At that time it was still a house, but in 1638 it was rebuilt as a manor house. In 1949 the restoration of the Castle Park was started, and the cemetery gardener made numerous changes. In 1961 the castle was opened with a new path through the Schadau grove. In 1974 Schadau Castle was placed under historic protection, but without the park, and the restoration work on the castle building was completed in 1996. In 2017 once again the castle was closed for renovation work with the aim of sustainably positioning Schadau Castle as a restaurant and hotel with nine guest rooms and unified use, then opened again in June 2019.
Schadau Castle, warmer months.
Schadau Castle, cooler months.
The castle is conveniently located in the city which means it can be reached comfortably by train, bus or car. Schadau Castle is a German style castle on the south side of the Aar (tributary) near Lake Thun in the city of Thun, Canton Bern, Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Lake Thun is an Alpine lake in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region. Farther south is Spiez Castle, with furnished 15th-century courtrooms. The Castle and the park it sits upon, Schadau Park, have belonged to the city for decades. Housed within the park is the Thun Panorama (formerly known as the Wocher Panorama), a 360º painting. The painting, around 7.5 × 38 meters in size, is the oldest preserved panorama in the world.
Double Room with unique park view.
Deluxe Lake View Room, with two balconies.
Tower Suite Lake View, breath-taking views.
The castle has only 9 rooms for guests, each is unique and tells about the nobility of past times. Expect to pay between $200-$400 per night depending on the room and book well ahead as the hotel is nicely booked during peak travel season. With rooms facing the lake, you’ll also enjoy full views of the Swiss Alps including Mount Eiger. We suggest the Tower Suite if you can get it.
The Veranda overlooking the lake.
Lunchtime offerings are daily and à la carte options. For dinner, there is a wide range of dishes and a set menu. In the afternoon from 2.00 p.m. and in the evening from 9.00 p.m. on, there is also a selection of bar meals. From Monday to Saturday, from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., enjoy the afternoon tea with a wide selection of savory and sweet delights, accompanied by organic Sirocco tea which runs about $40 for two.
Bar Au Milieu – the heart of the house.
Arrange a picnic in the park, with exclusive butler service.
If you’re headed to the bar, we suggest you partake of a “Lillet Vive” or classic “Dry Martini.” Of course the wine selection is extensive and you can’t go wrong there. For something special, order a picnic basket and explore the gardens. The hotel also offers a unique candle-lit romantic dinner in the restaurant, on the veranda or on our garden terrace. Choose between a Champagne-Aperitif or a Sherry degustation, followed by a 5-course surprise menu with wine pairing.
Enjoy a boat ride.
Lots of history to explore.