Top 7 places to visit in Bern

Switzerland's capital city, is an enchanting, fairy-tale destination with beautiful sights and history around every corner. Discover it with our top 7 highlights.

1. The Old Town

Bern’s Old Town is located on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the River Aare, and is filled with quaint cobbled streets and limestone buildings.

Top tip: Visit the Farmer’s Market to pick up some local cheese.

2. Bear Park

At Bear Park, a 6,000-square metre enclosure on the banks of the River Aare, visitors can observe the resident bears up-close.

Top tip: Visit in the morning to see the bears get their breakfast.

3. Historical Museum of Bern

The Historical Museum of Bern features three main collections: Bern Fine Arts, Bern History and the Einstein Museum - an exhibition detailing Albert Einstein’s period in the city.

Top tip: Holders of a ‘Swiss Pass’ transport ticket get free admission.

4. Gurten Mountain

The summit of Gurten Mountain can be reached on foot or by cable car, and offers outstanding views of the city, along with ample green space for picnics.

Top tip: Visit at sunrise or sunset for the best views.

5. The Clock Tower

The Zytglogge has been a symbol of Bern since the 13th century. Visitors can climb the steps to the observation deck for excellent views of the city.

Top tip: Make sure to visit on the hour to see the bell-ringing show.

6. The Rose Garden

Bern’s idyllic Rose Garden is home to more than 200 types of roses and is perfect for a summer stroll.

Top tip: Eat at the Rosengarten restaurant, which overlooks the Old Town.

7. Bern Münster

Bern Münster is the tallest cathedral in Switzerland and dates from 1421. The most impressive feature is its 330ft-high tower, which is visible from everywhere in the city.

Top tip: Rent an audio tour to learn about the history of the cathedral.

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