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Bern
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 9, Laupen–Bern
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 30, Bern (Bärengraben)–Rüeggisberg
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 10, Bern–Worb
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 29, Burgdorf–Bern (Bärengraben)
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Bern
Lötschberg–Jura
Lötschberg–Jura
Stage 2, Thun–Biel/Bienne
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Gürbe–Sense
Gürbe–Sense
Stage 1, Thun (Amsoldingen)–Bern
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 2, Neuchâtel–Bern
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 3, Bern–Huttwil
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Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Stage 2, Laupen–Burgdorf (Kirchberg)
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Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Stage 1, Bern–Schwarzenburg
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 4, Bern–Biel (Nidau)
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 3, Spiez–Bern
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Gürbe–Sense
Gürbe–Sense
Stage 2, Bern–Kerzers (Golaten)
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Bern-Süd-Route
Bern-Süd-Route
Route 37, Bern–Schwarzenburg (Rüschegg)
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Grünes Band Bern
Grünes Band Bern
Route 888, Belp, Flughafen–Belp, Flughafen
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Mountain biking in

Bern
Napf Bike

Skating in

Bern
Bärnbiet Skate
Bärnbiet Skate
Route 22, Bern–Burgdorf
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Canoeing in

Bern
Berner Aare Kanu
Berner Aare Kanu
Route 60, Uttigen–Bern
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Bern
Bern

Bern

Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern has been entered in the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. The Zentrum Paul Klee houses the most comprehensive collection of works by the artist.
The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. The elevated Rose Garden above the Bear Pits and the platform of the 101-metre-high cathedral tower offer the best views of the old town round which the River Aare flows. The former entrenchments and bastions drop down steeply to the river. The boutiques, bars and cabaret stages of the old town, some of which are located in vaulted cellars, and the small street cafes attract locals as well as a lot of tourists. Although Bern has a very good public transport network it is best to explore the city centre on foot.

The Zentrum Paul Klee situated on the outskirts of the city houses the most comprehensive collection of works by the artist Paul Klee. The Albert Einstein House bears testimony to the physics genius' stay in Bern at the start of the 20th century. With the History Museum, Art Museum, Swiss Alpine Museum and Communication Museum Bern offers a very varied range of exhibitions.

Bern is the seat of Switzerland's government. The Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus) rise above the city just a stone's throw away from the railway station. The doors to the Houses of Parliament are open to visitors most of the time, and if you're lucky you might even bump into a member of parliament in the streets of the city.

In summer the River Aare provides an opportunity for the ultimate bathing experience; very good, experienced swimmers allow themselves to drift along in the clean Aare while enjoying a view of the Houses of Parliament. The Botanical Gardens are also located along the river, as is the Dählhölzli Zoo and the old Matte district. Bern and bears, the cities heraldic beast, are inseparable. When visiting the city a trip to the Bear Pits to see the bears and watch them eat carrots is an absolute must.

In the squares of the city centre colourful weekly markets present their wares. The Onion Market (Zibelemärit) which takes place on the fourth Monday in November is particularly worth visiting: visitors to the traditional market dedicated to onions start pouring into the city in the early hours.

Highlights

  • Old town - sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains and the medieval air make this city unique.
  • Arcades - thanks to the arcades which extend throughout the town shopping is a delight whatever the weather.
  • Zentrum Paul Klee - worldwide biggest collection of works by the artist Paul Klee; the cultural centre designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano consists of three wave-shaped building sections.
  • Bear Pits - at the probably best known landmark of the city the bears can be seen eating carrots.
  • Seat of Government - the Houses of Parliament are one of Bern's landmarks as well as being the seat of the government.
Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern has been entered in the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. The Zentrum Paul Klee houses the most comprehensive collection of works by the artist.
The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. The elevated Rose Garden above the Bear Pits and the platform of the 101-metre-high cathedral tower offer the best views of the old town round which the River Aare flows. The former entrenchments and bastions drop down steeply to the river. The boutiques, bars and cabaret stages of the old town, some of which are located in vaulted cellars, and the small street cafes attract locals as well as a lot of tourists. Although Bern has a very good public transport network it is best to explore the city centre on foot.

The Zentrum Paul Klee situated on the outskirts of the city houses the most comprehensive collection of works by the artist Paul Klee. The Albert Einstein House bears testimony to the physics genius' stay in Bern at the start of the 20th century. With the History Museum, Art Museum, Swiss Alpine Museum and Communication Museum Bern offers a very varied range of exhibitions.

Bern is the seat of Switzerland's government. The Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus) rise above the city just a stone's throw away from the railway station. The doors to the Houses of Parliament are open to visitors most of the time, and if you're lucky you might even bump into a member of parliament in the streets of the city.

In summer the River Aare provides an opportunity for the ultimate bathing experience; very good, experienced swimmers allow themselves to drift along in the clean Aare while enjoying a view of the Houses of Parliament. The Botanical Gardens are also located along the river, as is the Dählhölzli Zoo and the old Matte district. Bern and bears, the cities heraldic beast, are inseparable. When visiting the city a trip to the Bear Pits to see the bears and watch them eat carrots is an absolute must.

In the squares of the city centre colourful weekly markets present their wares. The Onion Market (Zibelemärit) which takes place on the fourth Monday in November is particularly worth visiting: visitors to the traditional market dedicated to onions start pouring into the city in the early hours.

Highlights

  • Old town - sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains and the medieval air make this city unique.
  • Arcades - thanks to the arcades which extend throughout the town shopping is a delight whatever the weather.
  • Zentrum Paul Klee - worldwide biggest collection of works by the artist Paul Klee; the cultural centre designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano consists of three wave-shaped building sections.
  • Bear Pits - at the probably best known landmark of the city the bears can be seen eating carrots.
  • Seat of Government - the Houses of Parliament are one of Bern's landmarks as well as being the seat of the government.

Arrival and return Bern

Adresse

Bern Tourismus
Tourist Information
Bahnhofplatz 10a
3011 Bern
Tel. +41 (0) 31 328 12 12
info@bern.com
www.bern.com

Services

Accommodation

Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern
Hostel 77
Hostel 77
Bern
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Oberbottigen
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Bern
SustenBern
SustenBern
Bern
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
Hinterkappelen
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Places of interest

Bear Park
Bear Park
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee
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Hiking in

Bern
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 9, Laupen–Bern
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 30, Bern (Bärengraben)–Rüeggisberg
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 10, Bern–Worb
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 29, Burgdorf–Bern (Bärengraben)
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Cycling in

Bern
Lötschberg–Jura
Lötschberg–Jura
Stage 2, Thun–Biel/Bienne
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Gürbe–Sense
Gürbe–Sense
Stage 1, Thun (Amsoldingen)–Bern
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 2, Neuchâtel–Bern
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 3, Bern–Huttwil
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Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Stage 2, Laupen–Burgdorf (Kirchberg)
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Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Stage 1, Bern–Schwarzenburg
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 4, Bern–Biel (Nidau)
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 3, Spiez–Bern
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Gürbe–Sense
Gürbe–Sense
Stage 2, Bern–Kerzers (Golaten)
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Bern-Süd-Route
Bern-Süd-Route
Route 37, Bern–Schwarzenburg (Rüschegg)
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Grünes Band Bern
Grünes Band Bern
Route 888, Belp, Flughafen–Belp, Flughafen
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Mountain biking in

Bern
Napf Bike

Skating in

Bern
Bärnbiet Skate
Bärnbiet Skate
Route 22, Bern–Burgdorf
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Canoeing in

Bern
Berner Aare Kanu
Berner Aare Kanu
Route 60, Uttigen–Bern
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