Travel to Bern, Switzerland

A ‘beary’ beautiful city

The Capital of Switzerland, Bern is a modest and charming surprise. Founded in 1191, the city holds a deep history and its whole Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a devastating fire in 1405, what has been rebuilt and remains, is a true gem of medieval architecture, with 6 kilometers of limestone buildings, narrow arcades and quirky colorful fountains. One of the city’s most important sights is the Zytglogge astronomical clock tower, built in 1530, as well as the Cathedral of Bern, serving as Switzerland’s most significant church from the Late Middle Ages. Visit the Rose Garden for sweeping views of the Old Town and walk amongst the flowery sweet aromas. The bear has served as the symbol of the city since its very beginning and have even kept real bears in the city since the 1500’s. Say hello to bears, Björk and Finn at the Büren Park, where they play, fish and climb on the beautiful slopes of the Aare River.

Suggested stay:
2 nights

Recommended things to do in Bern


Private Bern City walking tour. Bern, Switzerland.
2-Hour Private Bern City Walking Tour
During your two hour walk through the picturesque city of Bern, an experienced guide will lead you through their home town based on your wishes. Upon request you can also discover the lesser known places in Bern. Furthermore, you will hear background information from a local about the city and the sights.
 
 

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City overview. Bern Switzerland
4-Hour Private Guided Tour of Bern
Spend a half-day in Bern with your private tour guide. Create your own itinerary and your private guide will organize your tour, the transport and the logistics in advance so that you can make the most of your day. Together with your tour guide you can discover everything that you wish to see in Bern and visit it’s charming streets, locations and parks that only the locals know about.

 
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Recommended hotels in Bern, Switzerland


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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Hotel Waldhorn
Located in the close to the city center and tucked away in a quiet location The hotel Waldhorn is situated in a green residential area. Within steps away you will find Tram stop 9 that will take you directly into the shopping area of Bern and the train station. Complimentary from the hotel you will receive a transportation card for public transport for your entire stay. The room is decorated in red and green to provide freshness to the room and with any room booked, its includes breakfast to start your day off.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Walk a minute to tram stop Spitalacker and take Tram 9 ‘Wabern’. At the 5th stop get off at Bahnhof Bern.

Sorell Hotel Ador
The hotel Sorell Ador is in the City Center of Bern. It is only moments away from the train station and the city’s Old town. Attractions such as the parliament building, bear pit, cathedral and clock tower are all a short walk away. As a welcoming gift from the hotel, you will receive a guide book and map for your stay. The rooms are newly renovated, are highly functional and feature oak parquet flooring.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Located conveniently right opposite the Train station. It is a short 3 minutes walk over.

Hotel Alpenblick
Hotel Alpenblick is a 3-star hotel is situated in a quiet, residential area just a few minutes to Bern’s charming old town, and the Rose garden. Public transportation and major road links provides easy access to all the area has to offer. The staff of the hotel is available around the clock and can assist you with requests to make your stay at the Hotel Alpenblick and agreeable and memorable experience in Bern.. The hotel offers comfortable rooms that guarantee you a refreshing night’s sleep.

Distance from the City Center: 1.1 km

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Walk 5 minutes to bus stop Salem and take bus 10 ‘Schliern bei Koniz’. At the 4th stop get out at Bahnhof Bern and walk towards the station.

 

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Belle Epoque Boutique Hotel
The hotel is splendidly furnished with original works of art and pieces of furniture from the optimistic age of the Belle Epoque, giving off a unique ambience. Situated in the historic center of the old town, the hotel is an ideal starting point for a day in Bern either for Leisure or Business. The City’s attractions is only minutes away by foot from the hotel. After a long day out, head back to the hotel and relax with drinks at one of the most beautiful bars in Bern.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Walk a minute to bus stop Nydegg and take bus 12 ‘Bern, Langgasse’. At the 4th stop get off at Bahnhon Bern and head towards the station.

Best Western Hotel Bristol
Best Western Hotel Bristol is a 4-star hotel in the best location in the old town of Bern. The city’s attractions is all reachable by foot. The hotel provides complimentary bicycles to explore Bern’s World Heritage Old Town. If you are looking to travel outside of the city, you can head to the train station, where all local transport meet, and take either the bus or tram. Rooms are decorated in contemporary style with a variety of bedding sizes. The breakfast buffet is included in each per guest, providing a great start to the day ahead.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Located directly opposite the train station. The station is approximately 3 minutes walk away.

Unique Hotel Innere Enge
The hotel mixes modern comfort with old world charm. In the colder season you can cozy up next to the open fire with a warm drink and in the summer you can enjoy a refreshment at the terrace, garden or park bar. Located in Bern’s city center, most of the city’s attractions is reachable by foot. The rooms are spacious and peaceful, with ventilated windows and a view into greenery or the city of Bern with the distant Alps in the back.

Distance to the City Center: 1.7 km

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Located only steps out of the hotel, go to bus stop Innere Enge and take Bus 21 ‘Bahnhof Bern’. At the 4th stop get off at stop Bahnhof Bern and walk towards the station.

 

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Hotel Bellevue Palace Bern
The Hotel Bellevue Palace is the only grand hotel in the heart of Bern city, situated in an elegant Art Nouveau building dating back to 1913. Whether your trip is for a romantic weekend, an exciting holiday or for business, the stylish rooms offers everything you could possibly wish for. Featuring elegant period furniture, harmonious colors and spectacular views. You can head to the La Terrasse restaurant that serves Swiss and international gourmet cuisine. The terrace offers panoramic views of the Aare River and the Alps.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Walk a minutes to tram stop Zytglogge and take either tram number (6,7,8,9). At the 2nd stop get off at Bahnhof Bern and walk to the station.

Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & THE SPA
With 150 years of history, the Schweizerhof is the hotel with the richest heritage in Bern. It radiates an aura of great history and grand style. The hotel is in an ideal location opposite the main railway station and the unique old town and all the imporatant sights just around the corner. The htoel Schweizerhof is a luxurous symbol of traditional and the modern, with contmeporary design, with a first class conference center and superb hospitality.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Bern SBB: Located conveniently right opposite the Train station. It is approximately 3 minutes walk from the hotel.

 

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More info about Bern, Switzerland

sneltrein_152At the train station

Bern Bahnhof station serves as both the city’s main meeting point and its public transport hub. The station boasts an impressive open structure and contains more than 70 shops that offers a wide selection of products, food choice and services. For more information you can visit their website here.

Services: Rail agents, Assistance for disabled persons and junior travellers, Lost and found, Tourist Information Point, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, ATM and Phone cabins.

Transportation and connections:
Local trains & subway: InterCity S, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S11, S22, S33, S44.
Buses: SBB Buses available outside the station.
Taxis: Available outside station.
Airport: There is a shuttle service connecting Bern airport.

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There is a network of trams, buses and local trains that allow easy traveling throughout the city. The Bern tickets offers free traveling in the zones 100 and 101. When you book a hotel, apartment or any accommodation in Bern, it will come with a Free Bern Ticket for your stay.

On Foot: Is the best way to explore the Old city, stumbling upon farmer markets and boutique shops tucked away in the cellar. Enjoy the architecture of the historical buildings, churches and landmarks.

By Bus: The local buses in Bern are very well organized. There are a total of 16 bus line which covers the whole city. Tickets can be bought from either the Liberoshop or at the ticket machines.

By Bicycle: Explore Bern and its surrounding by bike. Bike trails have been built for the convenience and safety for bikers to travel through the city at ease. There are a number of bike rentals throughout the city and at the Bern train station.

Best time to go
Feb-April, Sept-Oct

Language spoken
German, French, Italian, Romansh

Bern weather forecast
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As a rule, tips in local cafes and restaurants do not exceed 10 – 15% of total order sum. Taxi drivers should also get a small extra fee for their service. In this case the amount of the tip is approximately 10% of the cost of the ride.

Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.

Hello – Grüezi
Good evening – Gueten Abig
Good bye – (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/Tschüss
Thanks a lot – Merci vilmal
See you later – Bis spöter