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Our Bern city breaks offer spectacular views of the surrounding Alps and are the ideal base from which to discover the whole of Switzerland.
USEFUL INFO
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 35 min
  • EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg: 105km from the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour 19 min
  • Nearest railway station: Bern railway station
  • Currency: Swiss Franc

A Bern (or Berne) city break offers spectacular views of the surrounding Alps and is the ideal base from which to discover the whole of Switzerland. The Swiss capital seems untouched from modern living, leaving this charming medieval city as if it had been pulled out of a fairytale book. The fact that it is surrounded by cobbled streets and stone arcades full of bustling shops and cafes just adds to this feeling.

Best Things To Do In Bern

This popular Swiss resort comes alive in the winter, with many Christmas stands selling a range of local delicacies and delights, second only to the Zurich Christmas Market. Bern's Old Town has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of Europe's finest medieval architecture.

Berne is a small city with just over 130,000 people, giving the city an easy living culture. The attraction is that of a warm, welcoming atmosphere allowing visitors to wander the six kilometres of arcades with numerous bars, restaurants and shops lining the streets of the Old Town, making shopping a pleasant experience throughout the year.

There are more than 27 museums and many international events that guarantee a vibrant cultural scene. A Bern city break is sure to impress, allowing you to experience the fairytale dream you have been looking for. Bern is a popular destination for those on Zurich City Breaks as Zurich's rail and bus routes make travel to and from the city easy.

Old Town

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of Europe's finest medieval architecture.

Münster Cathedral

One of Switzerland's largest churches. A depiction of the Last Judgement can be admired in the portal. For great views over the city, climb the cathedral's tower.

Astronomical Clock Tower

Located at the first western town gate, the Astronomical clock is one of Bern's iconic landmarks.

Albert Einstein Museum

Visit the world's first Einstein Museum and the apartment he was living in when he discovered E=mc2.

Kunstmuseum

The Kunstmuseum is an art gallery dedicated to fine art by such famous names as Picasso, Meret Oppenheim and Ferdinand Hodler. As well as paintings, there are drawings, prints, sculptures and videos.

The Paul Klee Centre

Paul Klee was a Swiss-German artist who's works were influenced by movements such as Cubism nd Surrealism. The museum features many pieces by Klee and also holds concerts and educational readings.

Rose Garden

This relaxing park is home to over 200 different varieties of rose, as well as many other beautiful blooms. It's the perfect place for picnics, pictures and picturesque views over the river.

Emmental Show Dairy

Bern is the birthplace of Emmental cheese and this living museum will show you how it's made now and how it was made in the past. You can even make your own cheese with the help of the professionals.

Kornhauskeller

This beautiful restaurant is located in the city's largest vaulted cellar serving traditional Swiss cuisine.

Altes Tramdepot

This brewery restaurant offers fantastic views over Bern's Old Town while enjoying home-brewed beer and tasty local delicacies in the restaurant or in the beer garden.

Lorenzini

Classy Italian restaurant in the centre of Bern's Old Town.

Klötzlikeller

This restaurant is housed in a vaulted cellar, one of the oldest in the city, and is perfect for hearty Swiss fare.

Dampfzentrale

Located close to the Rive Aare, the building used to be a hydraulic power station.

Kleine Schanze

This peaceful park is a great place to bring your own food or you can relax on the inviting terrace of the cafe.

Shopping in Bern is a pleasant experience throughout the year with more than six kilometres of arcades, housing numerous bars and restaurants along the streets of the medieval Old Town. the best starting point for this great shopping experience is the main train station.

Alternatively, you could visit Westside, Bern's brand new shopping mall spreading over 23,500sqm. There is a direct train connection from the main station.

Lauben

Bern's six kilometres of covered shopping arcades are known as the Lauben. They feature boutiques, restaurants, souvenir shops and well-known brands.

Belle Epoque

One of the city's most elegant bars, with an extensive selection of wines, cocktails, single malt whiskies and cigars.

Kornhaus

The ground floor houses a café with additional outdoor seating in summer months. The cellar bars with its large gallery lends itself to sophisticated lounging.

Schwellenmätteli

Located right on the banks of the River Aare, yet in the middle of the city, this venue includes two bars and a restaurant.

Turnhalle

Hosts regular live music evenings in an old school building.

Löscher

The name Löscher (meaning extinguisher) is perfect for this bar housed in an old fire station.

Barbiere

Beers brewed in the brewery out back are sold to the happy customers out the front.

Overview

A Bern (or Berne) city break offers spectacular views of the surrounding Alps and is the ideal base from which to discover the whole of Switzerland. The Swiss capital seems untouched from modern living, leaving this charming medieval city as if it had been pulled out of a fairytale book. The fact that it is surrounded by cobbled streets and stone arcades full of bustling shops and cafes just adds to this feeling.

Best Things To Do In Bern

This popular Swiss resort comes alive in the winter, with many Christmas stands selling a range of local delicacies and delights, second only to the Zurich Christmas Market. Bern's Old Town has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of Europe's finest medieval architecture.

Berne is a small city with just over 130,000 people, giving the city an easy living culture. The attraction is that of a warm, welcoming atmosphere allowing visitors to wander the six kilometres of arcades with numerous bars, restaurants and shops lining the streets of the Old Town, making shopping a pleasant experience throughout the year.

There are more than 27 museums and many international events that guarantee a vibrant cultural scene. A Bern city break is sure to impress, allowing you to experience the fairytale dream you have been looking for. Bern is a popular destination for those on Zurich City Breaks as Zurich's rail and bus routes make travel to and from the city easy.

Attractions

Old Town

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of Europe's finest medieval architecture.

Münster Cathedral

One of Switzerland's largest churches. A depiction of the Last Judgement can be admired in the portal. For great views over the city, climb the cathedral's tower.

Astronomical Clock Tower

Located at the first western town gate, the Astronomical clock is one of Bern's iconic landmarks.

Albert Einstein Museum

Visit the world's first Einstein Museum and the apartment he was living in when he discovered E=mc2.

Kunstmuseum

The Kunstmuseum is an art gallery dedicated to fine art by such famous names as Picasso, Meret Oppenheim and Ferdinand Hodler. As well as paintings, there are drawings, prints, sculptures and videos.

The Paul Klee Centre

Paul Klee was a Swiss-German artist who's works were influenced by movements such as Cubism nd Surrealism. The museum features many pieces by Klee and also holds concerts and educational readings.

Rose Garden

This relaxing park is home to over 200 different varieties of rose, as well as many other beautiful blooms. It's the perfect place for picnics, pictures and picturesque views over the river.

Emmental Show Dairy

Bern is the birthplace of Emmental cheese and this living museum will show you how it's made now and how it was made in the past. You can even make your own cheese with the help of the professionals.

Things to do
Dining

Kornhauskeller

This beautiful restaurant is located in the city's largest vaulted cellar serving traditional Swiss cuisine.

Altes Tramdepot

This brewery restaurant offers fantastic views over Bern's Old Town while enjoying home-brewed beer and tasty local delicacies in the restaurant or in the beer garden.

Lorenzini

Classy Italian restaurant in the centre of Bern's Old Town.

Klötzlikeller

This restaurant is housed in a vaulted cellar, one of the oldest in the city, and is perfect for hearty Swiss fare.

Dampfzentrale

Located close to the Rive Aare, the building used to be a hydraulic power station.

Kleine Schanze

This peaceful park is a great place to bring your own food or you can relax on the inviting terrace of the cafe.

Shopping

Shopping in Bern is a pleasant experience throughout the year with more than six kilometres of arcades, housing numerous bars and restaurants along the streets of the medieval Old Town. the best starting point for this great shopping experience is the main train station.

Alternatively, you could visit Westside, Bern's brand new shopping mall spreading over 23,500sqm. There is a direct train connection from the main station.

Lauben

Bern's six kilometres of covered shopping arcades are known as the Lauben. They feature boutiques, restaurants, souvenir shops and well-known brands.

Hidden Gems
DID YOU KNOW?

For all intents and purposes, Bern is considered the capital of Switzerland. However, the country has no official capital and Bern is actually known as a Federal City due to it being the seat of the government.

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