A trip to the Ferdinand Hodler monument is an experience you’ll never forget. The monument sits above Leissigen, on the Finel. Seated on a comfortable bench, you can marvel at fascinating sunsets and enjoy a unique view of Lake Thun. Just as Hodler did in his day.
Officially inaugurated in 1953 to commemorate the artist's 100th birthday, the Hodler monument sits on the Finel amidst an idyllic natural landscape The site, with its commemorative plaque, is part of a beautifully landscaped observation point and can be reached by descending from tranquil Meielisalp to Leissigen. Sit on the comfortable wooden bench in the shade of a mighty tree offers while you enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of deep-blue Lake Thun. This is where the painter painted the first picture in his “Landscapes on Lake Thun” series in 1904. Would you like to experience an amazing sunset? Then head to the monument for an atmospheric evening – the impressive natural spectacle as seen from Hodler’s perspective is a real highlight. The sunbeams of the setting sun produce a shimmering effect on Lake Thun and the sky turns fire red, pink or orange, depending on the weather conditions. Just a few steps from the monument you’ll find the charming Finel restaurant and its beautiful sun terrace. Enjoy a homemade treat made from fresh natural products and let the wonderful countryside work its magic.
Your highlights at a glance
- View the landscape around Lake Thun from Hodler's perspective
- Enjoy the impressive panoramic view
- Watch a breathtaking sunset
- Combine an excursion to the monument with a walk or hike
- Sample culinary delights in the nearby restaurant
To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note
Personal tip“Bright orange and delicate pink – both colours somehow intertwined – this is how I would describe the colourful scenery I saw over Lake Thun. The monument is in a perfect setting, ideal for watching the sunset.”
- Keep track of time if you want to catch the sunset
- Bring a picnic if you want to eat on site
- Check restaurant opening times for a bite to eat