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Centrally placed for the train system.
John H. 19 May 2015

General Information

The capital of Switzerland may not get the same attention as Zürich, Lucerne and Geneva or ski resorts like Davos, Gstaad and St. Moritz but regardless, Bern is a lovely place to visit. The river Aare city of 125,000 people has a wonderful old City to explore, with a singular collection of medieval architecture ranks among the very best in Europe, let alone Switzerland.

The Zytglogge for one, is a 13th century tower whose astronomical clock is the de facto symbol of Bern and perhaps the most popular attraction in the city as well. Einsteinhaus preserves the former home, from 1903 to 1905, of the most famous and important scientist of the 20th century, with a permanent exhibition on Albert Einstein at the Historical Museum of Bern. The Münster of Bern is a 15th century Gothic masterpiece with a superb bell tower panorama of the Old City.

Berne History

  • Bundeshaus (Federal Palace) - This is the Swiss House of Parliament building.
  • Einsteinhaus - The former residence of Albert Einstein.
  • Zytglogge - A clock tower located in the Old Town. The tower was built in the 13th century.
  • Tramdepot - This old station provides tourists with a glimpse into Berne's first tramway. The building houses a popular Berne brewpub.
  • Museum fur Kommunikation (Museum of Communication) - The history of Berne’s postal system is explored and tourists can see thousands of historic stamps on display here.

Berne Art & Culture

  • Invasion of Berne - Witness small graffiti mosaics as they explore Berne.
  • Kunstmuseum (Museum of fine Arts) - Renowned for its fine collection of artwork, including the works of Pablo Picasso.
  • Swiss Alpine Museum - A museum exhibiting the full range of the Swiss mountains.
  • Berne Historical Museum - Switzerland's second-largest historical museum.
  • Zentrum Paul Klee - A contemporary wave-shaped building.

Berne Shopping

  • Rathausgasse - Home to cute shops selling handicrafts and luxury goods.
  • Yamatuti - This is where unique toys and collectibles can be found in abundance.
  • Krompholz Music - As the name suggests, this store is home to an extensive collection of sheet music and CDs.
  • Bärenplatz Market - Find an array of local produce, including food and flowers.
  • Waisenhausplatz Market – Berne’s local market.

Gay & Lesbian Berne

  • Come Back Bar - Located in a cellar below medieval buildings, this bar is the place to be seen in Berne.
  • ISC - A popular student venue with very loud music.
  • Samurai Club - An upmarket gay club featuring some of the best music around.
  • Lounge Kapelle - A classy lounge bar which Berne’s gay community regularly frequent.
  • Liquido Club - Located near the city centre, this gay-friendly club is for those who like to dance.

Berne Outdoor

  • Tierpark Dählhölzli (Zoo) - Located along the Aare River, this Berne zoo features many outdoor enclosures.
  • Bear Pits - Real live bears can be seen in the Bear Pits.
  • Gurten - A lovely hill located just outside the centre of the city. A park and magnificent views of the city can be uncovered here.
  • Rosengarten - A small park offering splendid views across the Old Town.
  • Buskers Bern - An annual street musician festival that takes place in the Old Town.

Berne Sport

  • See SC Bern, Berne's ice hockey team, play at their impressive stadium, the PostFinance Arena.
  • Watch the BSC Young Boys football team at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf.
  • Enjoy baseball and softball courtesy of the Bern Cardinals, who play at the Allmend.
  • Take pleasure in a game of rugby and watch RC Bern, who also play at the Allmend.
  • Visit the Sportanlage Schonau and catch the Bern Grizzlies American football club in action.


  • Zytglogge
  • Münster of Bern
  • Rosengarten
  • Historical Museum of Bern
  • BÄrengraben


  • Gurtenfestival
  • Queersicht
  • Buskers Festival
  • BeJazz Summer and Winter Festival
  • ZibelemÄrit
  • Restaurants

    • Im Juli
    • Da Bucolo
    • Musigbistrot
    • Blauer Engel
    • Metzgerstuebli


    • Liquid
    • Die Bar
    • Kreissaal Bar
    • Bierhübeli
    • Comeback Bar


    Bern has a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons.

    • Winter (December to February) -4-5°C
    • Spring (March to May) -1-18°C
    • Summer (June to September) 9-24°C
    • Fall (October to November) 0-14°C

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    From US$111

    1 Hotel City am Bahnhof

    3 stars
    4.2 / 5 6 reviews

    Bubenbergplatz 7 Map

    The City Am Bahnhof Hotel is a newly renovated three star hotel in the old city of Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is famous for the Zytglogge Zeitglockenturm, or animated clock... More

    Enjoyable and relaxing stay
    One if the best hotels stayed so far after 75 days on the road. Very confortable, clean and quiet. Very close to the main train station (5 min walk). Although parking was not available the hotel...
    20 May 2015
    From US$116

    2 Hotel Kreuz Bern

    3 stars
    4.3 / 5 4 reviews

    Zeughausgasse 41 Map

    An ideal place in the city of Berne, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities. LocationSituated in the heart of Berne, close to the shops and railway station,... More

    From US$98

    3 Sorell Hotel Arabelle

    3 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Mittelstrasse 6 Map

    The Arabelle Hotel Berne represents a great choice for budget conscious travellers and those who nonetheless require a first rate location. GeneralPlaced just few minutes away from the medieval... More

    From US$169

    4 Hotel Allegro Bern

    4 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Kornhausstrasse 3 Map

    Allegro Hotel Berne with its comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities is an ideal base for experiencing an exciting and adventurous vacation in the city of Berne. GeneralA well equipped... More

    From US$119

    5 Hotel Ambassador & Spa

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5

    Seftigenstrasse 99 Map

    The four star Hotel Ambassador & Spa Berne is a fully renovated business hotel and spa on the quiet outskirts of the city. Just 2 kilometres from the centre of the city, the hotel is also suitable... More

    From US$138

    6 BEST WESTERN Hotel Baeren

    4 stars
    4.1 / 5

    Schauplatzgasse 4 Map

    Best Western Hotel Berne is one of the most strategically located hotels in Berne. It is an ideal accommodation choice for both leisure and business travellers. This hotel is just 100 metres from... More

    From US$135

    7 Novotel Bern Expo

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Am Guisanplatz 2 Map

    Rate includes Breakfast

    Reflecting its modern charm and long-established hospitality, the Novotel Hotel Bern Expo welcomes its guests with all the modern accommodation standards in the city of Berne. GeneralYou can host... More

    From US$106

    8 Sorell Hotel Ador

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Lauperstrasse 15 Map

    Being an ideal place for guests on leisure and business, the Sorell Ador Hotel is a pleasant property that has easy access to the various important and interesting places of Berne. GeneralGuests... More

    Good decor, nice breakfast
    Really comfortable and clean. Good decor and modern. Close to train station. Breakfast was good and available early. We checked out at 6am.
    3 Dec 2014
    From US$131


    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Zeughausgasse 9 Map

    With stylish accommodations housed in a historic architecture in the city centre, Best Western Hotel Bern makes for the ideal starting point for travellers seeking to travel around this Switzerland... More

    Great place to stay in Berne
    We used Berne as a stopover for 2 nights on the way through to Italy. The hotel was great. The staff were friendly & helpful, the room was large, comfortable & clean with all the amenities we...
    17 Jan 2014
    From US$97

    10 Hotel Metropole Bern

    3 stars
    4.4 / 5 17 reviews

    Zeughausgasse 28 Map

    Situated in the heart of historic Berne, Hotel Metropole Bern is ideally positioned for visitors wanting to explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City. Just minutes away on foot are the... More

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