Bern Travel Guide

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Bern Things to Do

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  • 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 Novara, the Bernese forces brought with them a live bear that was kept in the city's moat. Since then, bears have been kept in a pit at the Bärenplatz...

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  • Old town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 the same street in the center of the Old Town of Bern -- the name of the street just changes about halfway up. Their apartment in the Kramgasse has...

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  • Cathedral - Münster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 day of sightseeing. Nevertheless, the exterior of the minster was well worth a look around. Next time I visit Bern, I would like to go to the top of...

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Bern Restaurants

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  • Altes Tramdepot

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I visited Altes Tramdepot on a very busy, sunny day and the outdoor dining area was full. Many of the groups who arrived at the time I did were asked to book a table for later in the evening. As I was alone, the waitress offered me a seat at a reserved table and said that a group would be arriving to share the table in a few minutes. As I was...

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  • Anker

    3 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant is trying to cover the whole range of food you could possibly want while in Bern: from Rostis to fondue via tartare and salads and oddly enough a few selected Peruvian dishes like Lomo Saltado. The rosti and fondue was good. I had a wurst salad during my last visit and that in contrast was not good: the lettuce was drown in...

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  • Al fresco Swiss dining!

    I visited Altes Tramdepot on a very busy, sunny day and the outdoor dining area was full. Many of the groups who arrived at the time I did were asked to book a table for later in the evening. As I was alone, the waitress offered me a seat at a reserved table and said that a group would be arriving to share the table in a few minutes. As I was...

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Bern Nightlife

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  • Outdoor movie night

    Every year in summer (normally end of July to end of August) there is a big outdoor movie happening in the centre of town. It has a good atmosphere and you can see over the town with the mountains in the background. If you want a good seat you will have to be there when it opens and reserve it yourself. Before the start of the movie you can eat...

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  • One of the best discos in the city!

    Liquid is a new and modern club in the city center. Mainly house parties take place here. The club has 3 different floors and is open 3 days a week, from thursday to saturday. Make sure you go there dressed smartly! No Jeans & No Sneakers

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  • "Las Vegas" Swiss style

    Berrrrrn --- a lovely place, quaint, rather "village people" feel haha - but WAIT till you enter the Casino and you feel like you stepped into Las Vegas.... nuninuni haha....So here a few gambling tips for those who want to risk a mint or two ....---------------------------------BLACKJACK TIPS >Never split your 10s >Always split your Aces and...

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Bern Transportation

  • Buy a Swiss Pass

    The best investment I made in Switzerland was buying a Swiss Pass for the integrated Swiss Travel System. Pass holders can use the public transport network unlimited times for the duration of the validity of the pass. This includes use of the country's extensive rail network and reduced fares on some of the country's scenic routes. Trams and buses...

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  • Cycling in Bern

    Pro Velo Bern is the lobby of local bicycle users, which since 1978 has been campaigning for more space on the streets, uninterrupted bicycle routes, enough bicycle parking spaces, a safe traffic climate and better connections to public transport. They want to see to it that "the bicycle will be perceived as a fully-fledged means of...

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  • Bicycle routes in Switzerland

    Within just a few years in the 1990s, the Switzerland Mobility Foundation (formerly Cycling in Switzerland Foundation) succeeded in establishing a network of nine national cycling routes with a total length of over 3000 kilometers and standard signposting throughout Switzerland in all cantons.These national routes have one-digit numbers, such as...

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Bern Shopping

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  • Perfect combination of shopping and...

    The Café Alpin is a really multitalented shop. At ground / first floor it is a fashion store for good quality Swiss fashion. On the terrace and in the basement it is a coffee-bar with a huge selection of coffees and wines. For what reason you are visiting it, this will be your choice, but it is an ideal combination. But the owner Stephan Minder has...

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  • Arts and Crafts Market

    The Arts and Crafts Market (Kunsthandwerkermarkt) takes place in Münsterplattform, the terrace behind the Münster church, on every first Saturday of the month. Local and regional artisans sell their products. Really beautiful things of all kinds, from woodcarving to jewellery, gifts to yourself or to others. Every artisan has a unique style in a...

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  • Enjoy Window Shopping

    OK, I'm not the one that should give any shopping tips, other then maybe electronic ones, but Sue took a couple of these pictures and I thought they would give anyone who looks at these a small insight into some of the fashion wear here in Switzerland. I'm sure after viewing these 2 pictures that you had no idea this was standard dress in...

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Bern Local Customs

  • Swiss garbage bags

    One of the first things I noticed when I first came to Switzerland in 1961 was the way the Swiss pack up their garbage. No just slopping it into the bin the way we do it in less squeamish countries. In Switzerland you have to pack it into a special blue plastic bag which you then tie up firmly at the top.The reason for this, as I was told at great...

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  • shops in the basements of Marktgasse

    When you are walking through the arcades of Marktgasse and Kramgasse you will also see a lot of shops that were built into the cellars of the houses and you will have to enter them from the street-side by stepping down a mostly quite steep stair. I saw internetcafes in this kind of underground, ordinary shops, cafes etc. and in most of these places...

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  • Onion Market day

    Every fourth Sunday of November, dozens of stalls are set up between the Bahnhof (the central train station) and the Bundesplatz (the square in front of the Parliament) selling onions brought over by local farmers, as well as fruits, nuts and vegetables. The onions make a pretty sight, strung together like big necklaces, in a bunch, or like a...

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Bern Warnings and Dangers

  • Roadworks in the city

    During my visit to Bern, the main street in the city centre was a nightmarish building site. When I visited in April 2013, the area around Marktgasse was a complete mess. Pedestrians could only pass through via the claustrophobic pavements which seem to be continually vibrating due to the building work going on around them. My advice to those who...

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  • A strange gap in the street of Bern

    In Marktgasse and Krämergasse there is a small stream of water running under the surface of the street-level and almost everywhere this waterstream is covered by an iron-grid. Unfortuntaley this iron-grid ends next to the fountains and there you might fall into it, when you dont think of it while taking pics of the famous fountains.Many people...

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  • Be Aware of Drunk People at Central...

    I had a bad experience on my Europe first trip. I was traveling with my sister.I went from Munich to Interlaken, and ride a night train.I should be arrived at 1 in the morning, but then the train I took was delayed for 1 hour.I end up in Zurich Central Station at 12 pm and catch a train to Bern.I arrived in Bern around 1 am and the train that...

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Bern Tourist Traps

  • Bear pit

    We came down to the riverside since I was curious about the beer brewed in the touristy Tram Shed restaurant which was said to be close to the bear pit. It was in fact next to it and it is hard to find a more touristy place in Bern which is a shame in a city with so many other things to see. Amongst the resturant tips, you can see what we thought...

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  • Bear pit

    We came down to the riverside since I was curious about the beer brewed in the touristy Tram Shed restaurant which was said to be close to the bear pit. It was in fact next to it and it is hard to find a more touristy place in Bern which is a shame in a city with so many other things to see. Amongst the resturant tips, you can see what we thought...

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  • Just sad

    Even taking in consideration the historic importance and symbolism of the bear in history of Bern, it's just sad to see the conditions in which those beautiful animals are kept on display.For me, it was not the best of the welcome cards, standing right at the entrance of town and in front of the Information Office.Update: These thoughts are related...

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Bern What to Pack

  • Bundle up!

    Not surpisingly, it gets cold in Bern. I went in early November, and it was already snowing. If you're going in the late fall or winter, bundle up appropriately.

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  • Pack for just-in-case

    All the weather reports said southern Germany and Switzerland are sunny, with pleasant temperatures (70s) in July. We had mid- to high-80s for three days and into the 90s on one day. I was told that women don't wear shorts in Europe. Jeans and pants are perfectly fine. On a whim, I threw a pair of shorts into my suitcase when I was packing...and...

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  • Packing List

    You can use any Bags... Be prepared for cold winters and hot summers. From the end of October until the End of March you will have to wear warm clothes. From April till October you can have all kind of weather but the temperure is about 55-80° Farenheit (18-30° Celcius) In Bern we have the 'Insel Hospital' it is the university hospital and very...

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Bern Off The Beaten Path

  • River Aare

    There is a nice and quiet area right under the Bundeshaus and next to the river Aare and when going down there you get the feeling to be in a small village in the countryside: lovely, small halftimbered houses with small gardens around of them and almost no fluent cartrafic, although this is really in the very centre of town. Walk down the steep...

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  • Daytrip to Solothurn

    Founded in roman times as Salodurum and independent city state from 1218 and after the alliance with Bern 1295 part of the Swiss Confederation. From 1530 to 1792 the French ambassador to Switzerland was in Solothurn. Most of todays town center was built in the 16. to 18. century.There is a excellent confiserie, Suteria, opposit the St. Ursen...

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  • Daytrip to Brienz

    From Bern to Brienz you have to change in Interlaken Ost, every half hour about 1.20 hours.For railway fans in the summer season there is daily a steam train.

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Bern Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming in the Aare

    While I was riding my bicycle along the banks of the Aare River I noticed that there were small groups, then large groups, then dozens of people in swimming suits, most of them barefoot, walking long distances up the bank of the river.Then I noticed that there were heads bobbing up out of the swift-running turquoise water, much like the photos we...

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  • Water-boarding on the Aare

    If you're good enough, it is possible to go water-boarding on the Aare. For this purpose there is a strong, thick rope attached to the Altenbergsteg, which is a low bridge beneath the much higher Kornhaus Bridge. I'm not sure exactly how this works, but I think you have to jump off the bridge with your water-board, grab hold of the rope without...

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  • go by tobaggonian and have fun

    you can rent tobaggonians in most swiss mountains resort like ski equipment..like here in grindelwald

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Bern Favorites

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  • Old town

    Bern's citizens discovered the advantage of adding arcades to their houses already in the late middle ages. The houses can be enlarged without buying more ground if the sidewalks are covered, and the shops are protected from the weather. Most streets have arcades on both sides with many little shops underneath. Pedestrians can walk and stroll...

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  • River Aare

    The park next to the cathedral is a great place at dusk, when people gather here to see the sunset behind the Kirchenfeld Bridge high above the Aare river. The park is on its own little terrace above the river so views also include the pretty riverside quarter called Matte and across to the other side. Apart from being in the shadow of the...

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  • Markets and shopping

    Go shopping! I've heard that Bern is a big shopping destination for many people. The good thing about the city is that even in terrible weather, snow/rain, most of the city is made of covered arcades, or shops. So you could wander around under the roofs of all the covered stores.

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