Must sees and more tips for Bern, Switzerland

Bern, capital of Switzerland

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The Federal Palace in Bern is the seat of the Swiss Parliament.

About Bern

The historical world heritage town center of Bern is well worth a visit.

WHAT TO DO

What to do and see in Bern.

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HOTELS

These are the hotels we would suggest for your stay.

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RENTALS

Rent an apartment or holiday home in or around Bern.

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HOW TO TRAVEL

Find out how to get around. Public transport is free!

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PICTURES

Pictures of Bern.

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FORUM

Any questions left about Bern? Feel free to post to the forum!

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Facts about Bern

  • Location: central
  • Region: Bern and surroundings (Region Bern)
  • Bern can be reached by train
  • Town size: city
  • Elevation: 540 m (1772 ft)
  • Travel time from Zurich: 1h00 by train, 1h35 by car

Location and scenery

Bern is situated on the relatively flat Swiss Plateau, not in the mountains. It is surrounded by hills and several forests. On clear days, the Bernese Alps can be seen from several higher locations throughout Bern.

Pros and cons of Bern

Bern is a pretty town. The historical city center is romantic and there's a lot to do and see within a small area.

The mountains can be reached within an hour. Bern is a good base if you want to do a city trip and combine that with occassional day trips to the Alps. If you want to visit the Alps on a daily basis we would advise to pick a base town closer to the mountains such as Thun, Interlaken or Grindelwald.

Must sees in Bern

Below are some suggestions for sightseeing in Bern. Visit the Bern Tourism website for more tips. Be sure to check the features of your rail pass, as it may get you discounts on several attractions.

  • The historical town center can be explored on foot from the main rail station. This unique area has been declared UNESCO World Heritage. The many arcades allow for comfortable shopping, even in bad weather.
    www.unesco.org
  • The Clock Tower in the heart of Bern (free)
    www.zeitglockenturm.ch
  • The Bear Park (free)
    www.baerenpark-bern.ch
  • House of Parliament (free)
    www.parlament.ch
  • Münster Cathedral
    www.bernermuenster.ch
  • Viewing point, restaurant and playground at the Gurten mountain. If there's snow, skiing and sledging can be done here too.
    www.gurtenbahn.ch
  • You can watch numerous types of roses in the Rose Garden, and enjoy a good view on the Old Town and river Aare.
    www.bern.com

Please find more things to do here.

Sightseeing off the tourist trail

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