Bern Things to Do

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  • 1. Bear pit

    The BaerenPark is home to four brown bears and can be visited 24 hours a day. Keeping live bears in the city is not a new thing. The tradition dates back to 1513 when, on returning from the Battle of...

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  • 2. Old town

    As soon as he could afford it, Einstein moved from the Gerechtigkeitsgasse 32 about half a kilometer up the hill to Kramgasse 49, where he and Mileva lived from 1903 to 1905. Actually these are both...

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  • 3. Cathedral - Münster

    Bern Minster is a superb late Gothic cathedral; the tower of which is the tallest church tower in Switzerland at 101 metres in height. I did not visit the interior of the minster as I was tired from a...

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  • 4. Clock Tower

    The Zytglogge (or Zeitglockenturm) is a beautifully ornate clock tower in the city centre. It has become Bern's most prominent landmark and is a must-see on any visit to the Swiss capital. The clock...

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  • 5. River Aare

    The Aar (German Aare) is beautiful sight and jewel of Bern. Aar is a tributary of the High Rhine. It is the longest river that both rises and ends entirely within Switzerland. Its total length from...

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  • 6. Markets and shopping

    Walking through the Old Town market we were attracted to the wonderful display of local cheese. Such a delight to see and would have loved to be able to buy some. Notice the garlic by the cheese,...

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  • 7. Fountains

    In the Old Town of Bern, you will most likely stumble upon a few ornate little fountains topped by various different figures. The fountains, many dating from the 16th century, include the rather scary...

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  • 8. House of Parliament

    The Bundeshaus or Federal Parliament Building was designed by an architect named Hans Wilhelm Auer and was inaugurated in April 1902. At the time they were proud of the fact that building materials...

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  • 9. Communication Museum

    The Communication Museum (or Museum für Kommunikation) is worth a few hours of your time. The museum deals with methods of communication through the ages and...

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  • 10. Bernisches Historisches Museum

    I visited Bern's History Museum on the final day of my trip to Switzerland in 2013. I originally only planned on spending a couple of hours there but I ended up...

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  • 11. Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven

    In December 2012 we went to a performance at the Bern City Theater of Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. The staging was a bit of a muddle, I’m afraid,...

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  • 12. Christmas concert at the Church of the Holy Ghost

    On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, 2012, we went to a concert of baroque music in the Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) near the main railroad...

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  • 13. Tourist Center and Bern Show

    By the Bear Park at the end of the Nydegg Bridge there is a Tourist Center with information and souvenirs, as well as an automatic three dimensional multi-media...

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  • 14. City Theater

    In the first decade of the twentieth century lots of small and middle-sized European cities built impressive municipal theaters, and Bern was no exception. To...

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  • 15. University of Bern

    In the fifty years since I was enrolled there, the University of Bern seems to have expanded considerably. They now have some 13,000 students in eight...

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  • 16. Zentrum Paul Klee

    The artist Paul Klee (1879-1940), who was also a musician, teacher and poet, grew up in Bern and spent about half his life here. Klee was known among other...

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  • 17. Operas, plays and ballets in the City Theater

    After over a century of operation the City Theater in Bern still has its own resident companies for opera, spoken drama and ballet -- which is actually quite...

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  • 18. Große Schanze

    From track 13 of the main railroad station there is an express elevator which takes you directly to the roof of the parking garage -- without stopping at the...

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  • 19. Berner Bierlokal und Gasthausbrauerei

    Again something to do rather than a restaurant tip. A visit for a refreshing beer after the "bears and rosegarden" didn't have time for a meal unfortunately but...

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  • 20. Markthalle

    Now that's the markethall and i'll call this a thing to do rather than a restaurant visit as there is a great choice of places to visit here, fast and slow food...

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  • 21. Gurten

    The mountain overlooking Bern. A warm summer visit, lovely to wander around the parkland. I guess there is plenty to do at other times of year too but, for us...

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  • 22. Statute - Around the World - Postal World

    We were walking through the park close to the Bundehaus when we came to this monument to the "Universal Postal World" by Rene de Saint - Marcaux.A very large...

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  • 23. kleine scheidegg - way to jungfraujoch

    Under the spell of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.This remarkable round-trip by modern cogwheel railway has long been one of Europe's top holiday attractions. The...

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  • 24. Playing Tarzan in the Dählhölzli park (Rope Tech)

    So Bern is boring you say? Mind you! There's a nice adventure waiting for you and your family. Equipped with a helmet, a harness and gloves you climb trees,...

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  • 25. Rosengarten

    The Rosengarten (Rose Garden) is definitly a musst see for every Berne visitor. As the name says there are lots of roses there, over 18'000! But not only the...

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