We had the pleasure of attending the Thuner Wasserzauber light and music show in Thun, Switzerland last year. This article is a recap and review of our experience and our impressions of the Thuner Wasserzauber Show.
The Thuner Wassershow runs from September 29 to October 29, 2023.
Overview: Thuner Wasserzauber
Thuner Wasserzauber is a fun water fountain show that takes place in the beautiful city of Thun, Switzerland. The show presents water fountains that move in various formations, synchronized with different combinations of lights and music. It is held annually, typically around autumn time, and attracts visitors around the Interlaken Region. It is free to visit.
The show takes place on the Aare River near the Restaurant Freienhof. It is best viewed from the side of the Freienhof Restaurant but can also be viewed from the bridge and the other side of the river in case there are too many people. With the combination of music, lights, and water, which are all synchronized to create a stunning display, it is well worth watching.
Thuner Wasserzauber: What to Expect
Thuner Wasserzauber Show
The show that we watched last year started with a video shown on the screen. It was a short film highlighting Thun and the region around it. After, the water show started.
We saw water jets shooting up really high, and the constantly changing colors of light created a truly magical experience. While there were distinct acts that matched different music and visuals, they were all woven together so seamlessly that you hardly noticed the transitions. There were no live performers during the show; it was all just a combination of lights, music, and water alongside the short film at the beginning.
The show is suitable for all ages and is a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. I highly recommend it to everyone who is in the area. The best thing about it, aside from the combination of their creativity and technical skill, is that it is totally free to watch.
Water Show Execution
When we watched the show, there was a delay of a couple of minutes. However, as soon as the show started, it was executed flawlessly, with each act flowing seamlessly into the next. There were no mistakes nor were there technical interruptions during the show.
The use of the lights and colors added an overall visual appeal to the show. It reminded me of the water show in Bellagio in Las Vegas and the water show in Burj Khalifa in Dubai, albeit more intimate and cozy. It does look much better as the day turns into night.
Location and Accessibility
Thuner Wasserzauber takes place on the Aare River in the heart of Thun, Switzerland. Accessing the area is convenient, even if you have a children’s stroller or a wheelchair. Just keep in mind that the prime spots tend to fill up fast.
While it’s not overly crowded, the space in front of the show isn’t very large. If you arrive late, you might need to find a spot on the sides. If you’re with kids, arriving a bit earlier is a good idea so they can enjoy the show without any visibility issues (i.e. taller people blocking their view). Alternatively, if you plan to stay in the area for a while, you can choose to catch another show at a later time.
If you want to combine watching the show with your dinner, Restaurant Freienhof also offers a three-course buffet dinner daily from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (before the first show) or from 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM (between both shows). You may also want to book a VIP place on the rooftop for CHF 40.- if you want unhindered views of the show.
How to Get to Thuner Wasserzauber
You can reach the Thuner Wasserzauber stage by heading to the Aare River near Restaurant Freienhof.
Near Freienhofgasse 3 and Sinnebrücke
|Train||Thun (5-minute walk)|
Final Thoughts: Thuner Wasserzauber
I can recommend visiting the Thuner Wasserzauber show if you are already in the region around Thun or Interlaken during autumn. I enjoyed the combination of lights, music, and synchronized water fountains. If I had the chance to do it again, I’d arrive a bit earlier to secure a better spot because the best ones were already taken.
Nevertheless, it was still a pleasant evening in Thun. I hope to visit again, and next time either arrive earlier or book a VIP spot on the rooftop. Enjoy your visit!
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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.
Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.