The oldest surviving circular painting in the world was painted by Marquard Wocher some 200 years ago. Admire the impressive feat of the Thun-Panorama in the heart of picturesque Schadau Park. The work of art offers an intriguing insight into life in the town of Thun in the year 1814.
Fascinated by the Bernese Oberland, Basel-based artist Marquard Wocher created the first panorama of Switzerland in 1814. Rich in detail, the 38 m circular rendering of the small town of Thun surrounded by mountains is more than 200 years old, making it the oldest surviving circular painting in the world today. Children and adults alike are fascinated by the myriad stories told in this look-and-see picture. An audio guide provides background information on the painting in a couple of minutes.
Guided tours of the Thun-Panorama
Like to learn more about Marquard Wocher and his artwork on a guided tour? Register for the "Anna Maria Wocher and the Thun-Panorama" tour, in which the wife of Marquard Wocher entertainingly recounts the story of her husband. Alternatively, you can join a group tour of the Thun-Panorama led by a Thun City Guide or research assistant. Afterwards, treat yourself to a cold drink or a snack in the bistro of the Thun-Panorama.
Your highlights at a glance
- Admire the world’s oldest surviving circular painting
- Study the detail in the circular image of town of Thun, painted in 1814
- Join the entertaining "Anna Maria Wocher and the Thun-Panorama" tour
- Audio guides available in German, English, French and Swiss dialect
- Enjoy a drink or snack in the bistro of the Thun-Panorama
To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note
Personal tip"Even as a child, I was blown away by the sheer volume of detail in the world’s oldest 360° painting."
- Check the opening times of the Thun-Panorama
- Book the "Anna Maria Wocher and the Thun-Panorama" tour in advance
- After visiting the Thun-Panorama, take a stroll through Schadau Park