Top attractions in Bern
7 sights and activities in Bern
Nestled in the Alps, a visit to Bern is as much about the activities as it is about the sights.
1. Einstein's House
While he was working at Bern's Swiss patent office, Albert Einstein rented an apartment here with his wife. It's said that this is where his general theory of relativity was born!
2. Gorge Canyoning
The Saxeten Gorge is in the Bernese Uplands. Canyoning involves getting across canyons in whichever way you see fit - rappelling, swimming, and so on! There are also opportunities to kayak around the waters.
3. Paul Klee Center
This unusual, wave-shaped building houses original, interesting, and wonderful works by German-Swiss painter Paul Klee.
There's a reason the Swiss are famous for their clocks! The Zytglogge dates from the 13th century and boasts an entertaining puppet show on the strike of every hour...
Although roughly a couple of hours out from Bern, visiting the glacial pass of the Jungfraujoch - a UNESCO site - and admiring the majestic view while inhaling the clean Swiss air is an essential way to spend a day.
6. Helvetiaplatz Museums
"Helvetia" is Switzerland's Latin-derived patron, so it's fitting some of its capital's best museums are to be found at Helvetiaplatz. The Historical Museum and the Swiss Alpine Museum show pieces of history from the Stone Age to the present day.
7. SC Bern
Would you have guessed that Bern has its own ice hockey team - and also the highest average audience turnout outside the NHL? Come show your support at the second-biggest stadium in Europe.
Planning Your Visit
Bern is generally a safe place, but normal caution is to be exercised - keep your valuables hidden away and don't leave your belongings unattended!
Make sure you don't miss out on any of that tasty Swiss chocolate - just wander the central streets of Bern and you'll find more varieties than you ever thought possible!
Bern has a steady network of buses and trams - maps are available from any local tourist office.
The country of Switzerland counts no less than four official languages - German is the language of Bern, but just a drive away and you could be speaking French, Italian, or even Romanch!
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- The spring and fall are best for cool weather temperatures, although summer is when locals and tourists take advantage of many of the water activities and winter is a magical time to see the Alps covered in snow.
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What people are saying about Bern
Best thing about this tour that is for small group, which makes it easier to move around. Our guide, Aindreas, was very knowledgeable and gave many useful information and interesting background about Switzerland, its culture and towns. Bern is just a beautiful town with lots of character, countryside is breathtaking, Emmental and Kimberley visits were also fun.
So informative with awesome views. Well worth it.
Andreas, our tour guide, was very informative, kind and caring. He made the trip very interesting. He is an excellent driver, guide, and a really nice person. I enjoyed every minute of the trip. Also he was "very brave" to let me lead the "Bern tour Yodel-oke" portion of the trip. (You'll have to ask him.)
For people with limited time in Switzerland, this provides an opportunity to see some beautiful Swiss countryside and the beautiful old city of Bern, which nestles in a bend in the beautiful Aare river. While it was a long day, the vehicle was good and driver Konrad was amiable and helpful.
Our guide Jan made a nice detour for us and took us down the river for a lovely walk and instruction to Bern. We saw lots of nice local hangouts and heard the story of Bern. He was very accommodating.
Nice way to be introduced to Bern, but would have hoped for a more enthusiastic guide. Very knowledgeable but almost had to be prompted for information.