Welcome to Spiez

West Ham TV has been out and about on the streets of Spiez - the town that has played host to the Hammers for the past five days.

Founded in the year 762, Spiez is situated in the centre of Switzerland on the banks of Lake Thun, around 25 miles south of the capital city Bern.

The picturesque town has many claims to fame.

Its scenic waterfront has been voted the 'Most Beautiful Bay in Europe', while the Spiez Schloss is a medieval castle with outstanding views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

Spiez is also home to the Hotel Belvedere, which played host to the West Germany squad during their successful 1954 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Finally, the town's 'Spiezer' wine is considered one of Switzerland's best.

Activity-wise, visitors can enjoy everything from sailing on and swimming in Lake Thun to paragliding in the skies high above the town to walking and cycling in the surrounding Alps.

To find out more about Spiez from tourist information office assistant Celine Reusser, log on or subscribe to West Ham TV.

Also, published below is a gallery showing the best the town has to offer.

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The fantastic view over Spiez from the team hotel

Spiez castle

Medieval Spiez Castle sits on the banks of Lake Thun

Spiez castle gardens

Spiez Castle has some beautiful gardens to stroll around

Spiez mountain

The view over the marina to the surrounding mountains

Spiez railway station

Spiez railway station provides links with the rest of Switzerland

Spiez wine market

The local 'Spiezer' wine is widely available in the town

Spiez 450

The view over the town from the railway station is something to behold