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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.

  • Einstein's House

    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!

  • Gorge Canyoning

    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.

  • Paul Klee Center

    3. Paul Klee Center

    This unusual, wave-shaped building houses original, interesting, and wonderful works by German-Swiss painter Paul Klee.

  • Zytglogge

    4. Zytglogge

    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...

  • Jungfraujoch

    5. Jungfraujoch

    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.

Frequently asked questions about Bern

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Planning Your Visit

  • Safety

    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!

  • Souvenirs

    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!

  • Getting around

    Bern has a steady network of buses and trams - maps are available from any local tourist office.

  • Local lingo

    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

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 433 reviews

The narrative is excellent. The iPod is old and hard to see the pictures. But overall a much better experience than walking with a group on a fixed schedule.

This guide makes it so easy to see Bern and to learn about the city! it really is worthwhile and is very easy to follow.

A very nice lady was our guide. She was friendly and told us fascinating stories about Bern. Quality time.

Overall - amazing experience, very interesting, very educating, very well planned.

Super tour Fact filled Great views and plenty of time to enjoy them