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Best day trips in Switzerland: the castle, lake and vineyards of Spiez

Boat from Spietz on Lake Thun
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Boat from Spiez on Lake Thun

We used our Swiss Travel Passes to take day trips throughout Switzerland during our Untours apartment stay in Meiringen. We spent a beautiful sunny day in Spiez. The most scenic and leisurely way to reach it is by boat on beautiful Lake Thun.

Spiez Castle, Switzerland
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Spiez Castle, Switzerland

We toured the medieval castle and learned about the von Erlach family.

von Erlach family portraits, Spiez Castle
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von Erlach family portraits, Spiez Castle

15th to 17th century kitchen, Spiez Castle
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15th to 17th century kitchen, Spiez Castle

decorated bed-box, elevated and roofed to protect against vermin, Spiez Castle
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elaborately decorated bed-box, elevated and roofed to protect against vermin, Spiez Castle

The baroque ballroom was built in 1614.

Baroque ballroom built in 1614, Spiez Castle
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Baroque ballroom built in 1614, Spiez Castle

We peeked out each window to enjoy the views of the mountains, vineyards, and lake.

view of Lake Thun from Spiez Castle
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view of Lake Thun from Spiez Castle

The grounds of the castle and thousand-year-old castle church are also scenic spots.

Spies Castle Church, Spiez, Switzerland
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Spies Castle Church, Spiez, Switzerland

Returning by train would have been faster, but we opted instead to dine by the boat dock and bay that has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world and catch the last cruise back.

pizza by the boat dock in Spietz, Switzerland
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pizza with chanterelles, local wine, and beer by the boat dock in Spiez, Switzerland

Be sure to check the advantages of a Swiss Travel Pass. This ticket to Switzerland’s system of trains, buses, and boats as well as admission to over 490 museums, is be a most convenient way to experience the best of what Switzerland has to offer.

2 Comments

  1. I, too, loved the freedom of the Swiss Travel Pass. I took a boat, plenty of trains, metro and buses using the pass and enjoyed them all.

    • So true. Whether you like to plan everything in advance or enjoy the spontaneity of traveling on a whim, the Swiss Travel Pass makes getting around Switzerland easy. Just hop aboard.

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