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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.

Bern: Tour with iPod Audio Guide

3. Bern: Tour with iPod Audio Guide

The iPod audio guide is a kind of personal tour guide. It will lead you through the city, to Bern's most beautiful spots and tell you everything you need to know about this UNESCO World Heritage Site through words and pictures. Enjoy this small multimedia experience and discover Bern in a unique way. Choose from two organized routes. Precise directions will lead you directly to the landmarks, while music by famous artists from Bern provide the soundtrack to your tour. This way of touring presents an all-encompassing experience of the Swiss capital; experience the real characteristics of Bern. Begin the tour at any time you choose and take breaks whenever you want. Follow the outlined routes or pick specific sights you want to see. The iPod Audio Guide is available from Bern Tourismus — the Tourist Information Center at Bahnhof Bern — and at Bärenpark. Leave a deposit, rent an audio guide and return it later.

From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

4. From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

Travel on the worldwide known Glacier-Express-Train with a private guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. Experience travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express). Your guide will show you the changing landscape, answer your questions about the country and its people, and show you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Bern: Private 42-Minute Swiss Alps Helicopter Flight

5. Bern: Private 42-Minute Swiss Alps Helicopter Flight

Meet the friendly staff at Bern-Belp airport. After a short safety briefing, you will take a seat in the helicopter. The next 42 minutes will go by quickly as you experience a thrilling helicopter flight over the Bernese Alps and the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains. The helicopter will fly you close to the Eiger North Face and past the Jungfraujoch with its impressive Sphinx. After a safe landing back at Bern airport, you will receive a souvenir. You will also be able to download pictures from your flight without any extra costs.

From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

6. 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: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

7. 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 Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

8. 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: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

9. 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!

From Geneva: Bern & Paragliding in Interlaken

10. From Geneva: Bern & Paragliding in Interlaken

Discover the capital of Switzerland – Bern, on this full-day excursion starting from any suitable location for you in Geneva. In 1983, Bern was acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage site thanks to its perfectly retained medieval character. Here, you will have some leisure time to stroll through the narrow streets, see a lot of fountains with statues, coffee shops, bookstores and, naturally, the landmark Clock Tower or Zytglogge, which is one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland. Climbing to the top of the highest point in the city – the Bern Cathedral, you will be rewarded with a remarkable view over Bern hugging the shores of the river Aare. You will surely be impressed by the lovely Rose Garden with over 200 sorts of roses and other flowers, the town hall and the prison tower. The art enthusiasts can enjoy the cultural points of Bern by visiting a famous museum such as the Museum of Art, the Einstein Museum, the residence of the scientist, the Historical Museum of Bern, housing more than half million artworks and objects dating back to Stone Age to the 20th century and much more.  End the city tour by dining at one of the restaurants (own expense) and proceed with your trip to Interlaken, where you will feel a sudden sensation of adrenaline by having a paragliding flight over the most breathtaking scenery you have ever seen. Taking with you unforgettable memories, your private transfer will return you back to Geneva to the starting point. 

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What people are saying about Bern

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 286 reviews

Indispensable to be able to quickly understand the ins and outs of the city. Allows you to discover points and places that you would have ignored and be able to ask all the questions that interests you.

Gran oportunidad de conocer Berna a tu ritmo con muy buenas explicaciones. Quizá me costó ubicarme al principio y tardé en empezar pero todo fue rodado!

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.

Very easy to follow and highly recommended if you want to visit the city at your own pace without guides or groups

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