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Panoramic view of Bern, showing the cathedral and the snow covered Alps

Bern’s Old Town is on the UNESCO list of Historic Cities and Towns

The Muensterplattform with its great view over the River Aare

It is best to explore Bern’s city centre on foot

The medieval Old Town of Bern

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Welcome to the capital of Switzerland - an extraordinary city in every way

 

Bern, the fourth most populous city in Switzerland, and the capital, is located in the German-speaking part of the country. The city was founded in 1191 and much of its preserved architecture bears witness to a splendid history. The Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will keep you captivated. Having retained its medieval charm with narrow streets, historic towers, renaissance fountains and gorgeous sandstone facades, and being bounded by the River Aare, Bern is picturesque and one of a kind. Furthermore, Bern offers beautiful parks, a vibrant cultural life, a great transportation network and a wonderful surrounding region. It is not surprising that this Swiss city ranks among the world’s top ten cities in regard to the best quality of life.


It is best to explore the city centre on foot and in good weather, due to the city’s retained architectural beauty; a stroll through Bern’s Old Town is an absolute highlight. Since there are over 6 kilometres of arcades, Bern offers Europe’s longest weather sheltered shopping promenade. Therefore, Bern’s Old Town is still a highlight on a rainy day, as you will be able to explore the many boutiques and enjoy the atmosphere of small street cafés whenever you like. How great is that?


Despite its rather small size you can be busy for days exploring the multifaceted attractions of Bern. The city’s impressive gothic cathedral, with Switzerland’s highest cathedral tower, the Holy Spirit Church, is said to be Switzerland’s most beautiful protestant church. Also the Clock Tower with its artistic astronomical calendar clock and figure movement must be visited. At Bern’s Paul Klee Centre, you find the world’s largest collection of paintings by Paul Klee, and the city’s Museum of Fine Arts features paintings and sculptures from the 15th century to the present.

 

With the nearby Alps, Bern is located in beautiful scenic surroundings, which offer enthusiasts great opportunities for hiking and skiing and other outside activities. The city itself with its Rose Garden Park, the Botanical Garden and the Bear Park offers wonderful facilities for strolling and exploring Bern’s scenic attractions.


Even though Bern is not a big city, as you might expect from a capital, it offers everything that your traveller heart desires!!!


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