Bern / Berne.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, is a charming and historic destination that offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. Bern’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot. The River Aare flows through Bern, offering opportunities for scenic walks, boat rides, and swimming in the summer. Floating down the river on a warm day is a popular activity among locals and visitors alike.

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The heart of Bern (map) is its beautifully preserved Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and sandstone buildings, the Old Town offers a glimpse into the city’s rich history. The Clock Tower (Zytglogge, map) is an iconic landmark in Bern. Bern Cathedral (map) is an impressive Gothic cathedral dating back to the 15th century. Visitors can also climb the 344 steps to the top of the spire for panoramic views of Bern.

Bear Park: Bern is closely associated with bears, and the Bear Park (BärenPark, map) is a popular attraction. Located near the Old Town, it offers a natural habitat for bears to roam and is a symbol of the city.

Federal Palace (Bundeshaus): The Federal Palace (map) is the seat of the Swiss Federal Assembly and the Federal Council. Guided tours allow visitors to explore the impressive architecture and learn about the Swiss political system.

Bern is home to several museums that cater to various interests. The Bern Historical Museum (Bernisches Historisches Museum, map) showcases the history and culture of Bern and Switzerland. The Museum of Communication (Museum für Kommunikation, map) explores the evolution of communication technologies. Other notable museums include the Zentrum Paul Klee (map), the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum, map), and the Einstein Museum (map).

Markets and Shopping: Bern boasts vibrant markets, including the famous Bern Farmer’s Market (Münsterplattform, map) where you can find fresh produce, local products, and crafts.

Events and Festivals: Bern hosts various events and festivals throughout the year. The Bern Jazz Festival, Gurtenfestival (music festival), and Bern Christmas Market are among the highlights.

Rose Garden (Rosengarten): Located on a hilltop, the Rose Garden (map) offers panoramic views of Bern’s Old Town and the Bernese Alps. It features a beautiful collection of roses and is a popular spot for relaxation and picnics.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Bern Public Transportation 

Swiss Pass – The “Swiss Pass” is now called the “Swiss Travel Pass.”

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting here & around (bern.com) • On the Move in Bern (bern.ch) • Swiss public transportation (myswitzerland.com)

BUS: Swiss PostAuto bus network / + EurolinesFlixbus

TRAIN: SBB-CFF-FFS. + TGV LyriaInterCity Express (*Rail travel in Switzerland)

AIRPORT: Major international airports: Genève Aéroport • Zurich AirportEuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

FERRY: Association of Swiss Navigation Companies

Berner Stadtführungen | I love Bern.

Von den Wahrzeichen der Stadt bis zu den geheimen Winkeln: Unsere Stadtführungen sind so vielfältig wie Bern selbst. Vollgepackt mit Wissenswertem und Interessantem, Witzigem und Erstaunlichem, Historischem und Aktuellem sind sie lehrreich, teils gruselig und garantiert unterhaltsam.

Official account of Bern, capital of Switzerland🇨🇭 & UNESCO World Heritage Site.

video source: I love Bern / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

You can visit this website to find comprehensive and up-to-date information on visa requirements, application procedures, forms, fees.

Switzerland Mobility.

Switzerland Mobility is provides information on cycling, mountain biking, rollerblading, and other outdoor activities in Switzerland.

Swiss Museums.

The Swiss Museums Association website provides a directory of museums in Switzerland, allowing you to explore collections and exhibitions.

Welcome to the Swiss Alps! | MySwissAlps.com

Map of Switzerland with points of interest | map.search.ch

Swiss Alpine Club | www.sac-cas.ch

The MySwitzerland app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It offers a wealth of information about Switzerland, including destination guides, maps, event listings, and personalized trip planning features.

Switzerland Mobility is another website that focuses on outdoor activities and recreational routes. It provides information on cycling, mountain biking, rollerblading, and other outdoor activities in Switzerland.

The Swiss Parks website offers insights into Switzerland’s national parks and nature reserves. It provides information on the parks’ landscapes, wildlife, hiking trails, and conservation efforts.

Swiss Food and Culinary Traditions (patrimoineculinaire.ch): To explore the culinary traditions of Switzerland, the Swiss Culinary Heritage Foundation website provides information on traditional Swiss dishes, regional specialties, and food-related events.