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During the pilgrimage with my parish in August 2009 we chose the variant via Thun, first to Gunten.

Jakobsweg von Merlingen zum Schloss Rallingen

Here we continue along Lake Thun to Thun.

After Merlingen the path leads uphill again. We walk on small paths above the lake.

Brücke am Jakobsweg entlang dem Thunersee

After this bridge the descent begins to Rallingen Castle, which we pass on the upper side.

Schloss Ralligen

The history of Ralligen Castle can be traced back to the 14th century, when it was used as a vineyard by the then Augustinian monastery of Interlaken.

Between 1500 and the 19th century, it belonged mostly to Bernese patricians or Thun citizens. Then it housed a domestic science school for a long time.

In 1976 the castle was acquired by Protestant monks, the "Christusträger", and it now serves them as a monastery and guest house.

Gunten am Thunersee

Soon Gunten and its hotels will come into view.

Hotel Hirschen in Gunten am Thunersee

The Hirschen has seen better times. An Indian investor group "Swiss Dreams" bought the hotel and it has been falling apart ever since.