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Bern Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

1. Bern Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Bern. Using a tour app on your phone, explore the sights of Bern at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever and wherever you want. After downloading the app onto your phone (instructions received via email after booking), set out on an adventure that will take you to 10 attractions in Bern by using integrated maps. As you explore, solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. The app includes facts and information about each location you stop at, so you'll gain local know-how about the city. Put your skills to the text and work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time. Start your tour at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Switzerland's largest Protestant church! Visit the Swiss Parliament House, the home of the Republic in Bern. Photograph the Käfigturm while learning about its history and admire the Stadttheater Bern with its excellent acoustics. Then the Old City of Berne looks like something out of a fairy tale, don't forget to take pictures. The Zähringerbrunnen will leave you speechless with its beauty. Admire the City Hall with its heavy symbolism! The Nydeggkirche is worth your time and phone memory for its beautiful architecture, while the Cathedral of Bern, the impressive Gothic church will be another addition to your indelible memory. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum with its endless exhibits.

Bern: Hammam and Spa Admission

2. Bern: Hammam and Spa Admission

The Bernese Hammam has been installed in a former building which was home of one of the first Gas boiler in Switzerland, an octagonal building. The oriental spa represents the latest magnificent manifestation of a tradition spanning two millennia. Enjoy a unique bathing experience across four floors.  The bathing ritual is based on the gradual warming up and cleansing of the body and follows a fixed course. Begin with the so-called "pestemal", a cotton cloth that binds to the body. In the first herbal steam room , Sogukluk, feel your body being warmed to 38 degrees Celcius.  In the second room, Kese, your body is scrubbed with a rough glove to remove dead skin cells.  "Sicaklik" is the central room in the middle of the octagon with the warm relaxation bath.  After the bath, the next step is the steam room. In the "Bingül" your pores open to the hot herbal steam at 48° Celcius. In the fifth room, "Lif", the second exfoliation with soap takes place. On a big warmed umbilical stone let your body relax and dive into the comfort of the hammam.

From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

3. From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

Enjoy a small group tour of the Swiss capital of Berne, with round-trip transfers by air-conditioned minibus from either Zurich or Lucerne. Drive along scenic roads through stunning landscapes, and get a flavor of the rural highlights of the Entlebuch Valley (Switzerland's first UNESCO Biosphere) and Emmental Valley. See some of the many farms scattered across the pristine moors and Alpine pastures. Cross the border to the idyllic Emmental Valley to reach Trubschachen. Here, enjoy a biscuit tasting at the Kambly Experience and discover the origins of Switzerland's best-known premium biscuit brand. Learn the fine art of biscuit making and watch master confectioners at work. Indulge in the unique flavors of Kambly's biscuits, tasting as many of the tantalizing varieties as you like. Continue through typical Bernese back country en route to the capital. Upon arrival in Berne, burn off some calories on an informative walking tour of the charming Old Town. Marvel at the late Gothic architecture of the cathedral (Münster). Stroll under characteristic arcades to the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). Pay a visit to the Parliament building overlooking the beautiful River Aare. Then, enjoy some time at leisure for lunch (not included) and some souvenir shopping. Continue in the afternoon through the fascinating rural landscapes of the Emmental Valley. Admire the vast roofs that shelter prosperous Emmental farmhouses. Glory in the red of the geraniums in their windows. See grazing cows on green hills producing the best milk; the principal ingredient for Emmental cheese. Stop at the Emmentaler show dairy for the highlight of the day. Tour the show dairy on the audio-visual "King's Way" and learn more about the history of the world's most famous cheese. Marvel at the gigantic wheels of cheese in the impressive cellar before indulging your senses during a cheese tasting only an arm's length away from the master cheesemaker's workplace. Take a picture stop with amazing views over the gentle green hills of the Emmental to the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. After, drive back with a goodie bag full of Swiss delicacies collected at the visited attractions throughout the day.

Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

4. Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

Discover Bern in a nutshell and learn about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation of the city of Bern during this 1-hour walking experience. This experience is offered by a private local guide. During your walk through Switzerland’s capital, you will learn all about the local lifestyle and politics. You will be able to attain insider tips about cafes, restaurants and bars to visit, plus how to make the most of the city’s nightlife. Walking through the wide, well-organised cobblestone streets, you will discover the city’s many well-known fountains. Discover the famous clock tower and parliament house and stroll on the beautiful paths next to Aare River. Learn about the history and culture of the city from a local who loves the city and wants you to love it too!

Bern Old City Walking Tour

5. Bern Old City Walking Tour

Learn the story of the capital of Switzerland and its most famous monuments on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic city center. See the large Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost) in the Old City (Altstadt), where the layout has remained unchanged for centuries. Walk along the Spitalgasse to arrive at the Baerenplatz, built during the 13th century expansion. Admire the government buildings of the Bundesplatz, where many Swiss banks are located, and see the oldest clock in Switzerland at the Zyttglogge. Get the chance to visit the Einstein House Museum, or climb the 344 stairs up the tower of Bern Cathedral. Look over the rooftops of the Old City on the banks of the Aare River with the snow-capped mountains of the Berner Oberland in the background. Discover the old Tramdepot brewery restaurant before ending in the Rosengarten, where the scent of more than 220 different species of roses is coupled with magnificent views of the city.

Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Luzern

6. Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Luzern

Travel on the worldwide known "Glacier-Express-Train" with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig. Enjoy the travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place.Allow your guide to accompany you, showing you the changing landscape and answering your questions about the country and its people. Take the chance to see a few places away from the tourist flow.

Bern Capital City Private Tour

7. Bern Capital City Private Tour

Enjoy a private, half-day walking tour of the capital city of Switzerland, Bern. See all the major highlights and locations of the city center, including the garden of roses, and the Swiss parliament building. Meet your guide and walk through the city center. Gain a complete overview of the city's history, as you pass important landmarks and monuments. Walk through the garden of roses, and take in fantastical views of the whole city. Walk below the UNESCO-protected arcades, and visit the bars close to the Aare river. Stand in front of the Swiss parliament building, and pass by Albert Einstein's house.

Bern: Guided City Introduction Walk

8. Bern: Guided City Introduction Walk

Enjoy the enchanting and colorful city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Throughout your experience you will be led by a local who will show you all of their favorite spots. Discover the best of the city as you venture off the beaten path to see Bern and experience it like a local. Feel as if you've stumbled into a city from another era as you get to know more about the local culture and find local spots where the residents like to go for a coffee or dinner. This experience aims to introduce you to Bern from a local's perspective. You'll uncover well-kept secrets of the city, many of which you might wish to return to throughout the rest of your stay in Bern.

Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

9. Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

Experience Switzerland fully and travel flexibly with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, valid on the train network, buses, and public boats all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 flexible day pass. Journey on the renowned Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, and Bernina Express to see Switzerland's epic mountains and sprawling views up close. Traveling at your leisure, visit over 500 museums across the country as part of the pass to learn more about Switzerland. Activate and deactivate your pass easily online as per your individual travel needs within its month-long validity. Enjoy unlimited and hassle-free movement throughout the country within the valid month of travel.

From Geneva: Bern & Paragliding in Interlaken

10. From Geneva: Bern & Paragliding in Interlaken

Discover the capital of Switzerland – Bern, on this full-day excursion starting from any suitable location for you in Geneva. In 1983, Bern was acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage site thanks to its perfectly retained medieval character. Here, you will have some leisure time to stroll through the narrow streets, see a lot of fountains with statues, coffee shops, bookstores and, naturally, the landmark Clock Tower or Zytglogge, which is one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland. Climbing to the top of the highest point in the city – the Bern Cathedral, you will be rewarded with a remarkable view over Bern hugging the shores of the river Aare. You will surely be impressed by the lovely Rose Garden with over 200 sorts of roses and other flowers, the town hall and the prison tower. The art enthusiasts can enjoy the cultural points of Bern by visiting a famous museum such as the Museum of Art, the Einstein Museum, the residence of the scientist, the Historical Museum of Bern, housing more than half million artworks and objects dating back to Stone Age to the 20th century and much more.  End the city tour by dining at one of the restaurants (own expense) and proceed with your trip to Interlaken, where you will feel a sudden sensation of adrenaline by having a paragliding flight over the most breathtaking scenery you have ever seen. Taking with you unforgettable memories, your private transfer will return you back to Geneva to the starting point. 

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Very well organized trip. The tour guide was very competent and passed on a lot of background knowledge. The stopovers at Kamply and the cheese dairy in Emmental were very well chosen and were fun and very informative. The city tour in Bern was great and the time for exploring on our own was appropriate. It was a great day.

The wow guide Peter was exceptional. Small van, interesting explanations, no crowd, no rush, small cute presents on the way. He took a country road instead of a highway just to show us the amazing views around and it was worth it! And Bern city is truly beautiful . Had a lovely time.

Everything is very quiet, you can use it without fear. I don't speak German or French and English is very bad, but I didn't have any problems.

Monica is a wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgeable and educated. I had a great time in Bern. Thank you

We had a nice and respectful driver /tour guide. View was breathtaking