A small, attractive capital city, what Bern lacks in size it certainly makes up for in charm. The city’s pride and joy has to be its beautiful Medieval Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with long, cobbled streets lined with grand 15th century buildings. Bern is located on a peninsula with the river Aere meandering past. Ornate fountains, ancient clock towers and 4 miles of arcaded walkways all add to the breath-taking and sometimes surreal atmosphere here.
The city abounds with history. You’ll find a number of fascinating museums here, including the Berne Historical Museum on Helvetiaplatz 5, the Museum of Fine Arts on Hodlerstrasse 12 and the Swiss Alpine Museum on Helvetiaplatz 4. Visit the Bundeshaus (the Swiss House of Parliaments) on Bundesplatz 3, or Einsteinhaus on Kramgasse 49 – a small apartment-turned-museum where Albert Einstein used to live.
Families will love a day out at the Tierpark Dählhölzli zoo, located on Tierparkweg 1. Or visit the Bear pits from where the city is reputed to have got its name.
Other places of interest include the Gurten; a hill outside the city with a beautiful park that affords stunning views across the landscape. Sports fans should take a tour of SC Bern’s ice hockey stadium; the second largest in Europe.
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