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Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

1. Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

On this 90-minute stroll through Bern’s Old Town, your local guide will tell you about the city‘s 8 centuries of history. On rainy days, you can still enjoy this atmospheric area, as the arcades provide shelter. Admire the late Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and rendering of the Last Judgment. See the 13th-century Clock Tower (Zytglogge), where you can watch the fascinating show that happens on the hour. Who knows, you might even meet up with a member of the Federal Council in front of the Parliament building! Come along and discover the charms of the Swiss capital and this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a pleasant and leisurely walk.

Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

2. Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls. For over 600 years, the clock has struck on the hour. Inside, time seems to stand still and cool solitude awaits. The reliable ticks of the Middle Age technology impart a steadiness to visitors. Approximately 130 steps to the top of the spiral staircase lead you to a lookout platform. From here, see the roofs of the old city and maybe even the Alps. Visit the clockwork with your guide and follow the puppet show step by step until the famous rooster crows.

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.

Bern: Guided City Introduction Walk

6. 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.

Bern Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

7. 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. The tour route includes Heiliggeistkirche, the Parliament Building, Käfigturm, Stadttheater, the old town, the Zytglogge, the Zähringerbrunnen, the town hall, Nydeggkirche, the Cathedral of Bern, and the Welttelegrafen-Denkmal.

Bern: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Walking Tour Game

8. Bern: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Walking Tour Game

Get to know the beautiful old town of Bern at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Bundeshaus", "Zytglogge", "Rathaus" and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “ Käfigturm” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Bärenpark”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Bern: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

9. Bern: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Experience an alternative side to the political city of Bern and immerse yourself in its booming artistic scene on this private tour with a local guide. Learn why thousands of art lovers from all over the globe flock to the city each year, attracted by the many cultural events or its rich atmosphere. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Bern and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the picturesque streets, admire impressive street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums, as well as hearing about several renowned artists such as Paul Klee and Markus Raetz and their connection to Bern. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical details of this multi-faceted Swiss city while diving into its art and culture from a local perspective.

Bern: Guided Historical City Walking Tour

10. Bern: Guided Historical City Walking Tour

Visit Berns beautiful medieval old town and learn about its history and the history of the Swiss confederation from the foundation period until today. Our guides are well versed in Switzerlands history, politics, tradition and contemporary life. Switzerland is unique in many ways. From conscription to the dual education system to the unique political instruments like referendums, motions or initiatives - we go all the way so that you will have a very in depth introduction to our beautiful country. Did you know for example that the Swiss voted no on a bill that guaranteed 6 weeks of holidays for everyone in a votation 2012. Did you know that the Swiss neutrality dates back to the 16th century. On our tour we interweave the history of our country with the manifold sites of Bern: Zytglogge, bear pit, federal palace of Switzerland, cathedral, historical museums and some strange fountains. We like our tours to be interactive and are open to discuss or answer any questions you might have about Switzerland: languages, culture, sports, music etc.

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What people are saying about Bern

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 287 reviews

Thomas was a very good guide and we were with a very nice group of people. Thomas made us all feel comfortable and answered many questions. We really enjoyed our time with him on the walking tour and his interesting and informative discussion. He took time with us to explain extra things that we asked about. His English was really good. Thanks for a great experience. Jenny and Marcus - Australia.

Tour in German and English. Neither language group was shorted any description/explanation. It was so interesting that the hour went so quickly. Great guide

Carmen is an excellent guide who explained all the inner workings of the clock tower. It was a fascinating and fun tour. I can highly recommend it.

Fantastic experience, one of the must things to do, under my opinion, so you can enjoy the city and the highlights that you have to see.

A lovely hour seeing the clock and its workings. Very knowledgeable guide