Schadau Palace is situated in the Schaudaupark, and was built between 1846 and 1854 according to the plans of Pierre-Charles Dusillon in the Gothic Revival style, for the banker Abraham Denis Alfred de Rougemont

Since 1925 the castle has belonged to the city of Thun and contains a restaurant and the Swiss Gastronomy Museum. Between 1972 and 1992 the façade of the castle was renovated by the city's own quarrymen.

The oldest known surviving panorama was completed in 1814 by Marquard Wocher, and is on display at the Schadau Castle, depicting an average morning in the Swiss town of Thun. As of today it's owned by the Gottfried Keller Foundation.

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Founded: 1846-1854
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Switzerland

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Eleanor Willi (4 months ago)
Amazingly beautiful place both inside (the interior) and out (the view!). Attentive & lovely service. Highly recommended for a weekend escape in Thun !! (I can just imagine how beautiful it would be for a wedding!!!) One of the Swiss Historic Hotels
George Kontogouris (5 months ago)
Very nice boutique hotel exactly in the shoreline of lake Thun. 100+ year old castle with spacious rooms. Very clean with good service and excellent restaurant. Totally worth it
Atieh Bamdadian (13 months ago)
Excellent view of the lake, we tried ice cream there. it was so delicious ? I highly recommend the place, at least for beverages and ice cream ?;), seems an Italian Family is preparing ice creams there. It was a hot day in June and we could seat outside in shadow and enjoy the view :)
Midori Zaidan (18 months ago)
We have spent 2 nights at schloss schadau in November. we had a spacious room with an amazing view on the lake and mountains. Roger was very professional and very kind, he made our stay very special through his attention to detail and discreet very special care.
Midori Zaidan (18 months ago)
We have spent 2 nights at schloss schadau in November. we had a spacious room with an amazing view on the lake and mountains. Roger was very professional and very kind, he made our stay very special through his attention to detail and discreet very special care.
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