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Facts about the city of Bern

The Swiss capital is the fifth biggest city and is situated in the heart of Switzerland. Thanks to its central location, Bern is ideal for outings and trips throughout Switzerland and is commonly known as the gateway to the Alps. Other cities as Zurich, Basel, Lausanne and Lucerne are easily reached within an hour train ride.

Bern’s unique cityscape – distinguished by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983 – is shaped by the city’s cosmopolitan charm. Examples of medieval architecture stand alongside symbols of world-class construction and design. Thanks to the 6 km / 4 miles weather-protected stretch of shopping promenade, you can comfortably shop in any weather.

Located right on the Aare river and with its own local mountain the Gurten (864 meters above sea level), Bern is a perfect recreation location for young and old alike.



  • Clock Tower (Zytglogge)
    One of Bern’s most prominent landmarks, considered a true masterpiece of medieval clockmaking. The astronomical calendar clock and its movement date from 1530.

  • BearPark
    Located on 6,000 m2 on the bank of the Aare River, it provides a species-appropriate home for Bern’s bears.

  • Rose Garden
    A floral park with a beautiful view over the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the bend in the Aare River. The park is home to 220 different types of roses.

  • Parliament Building
    Seat of the Swiss government and parliament with a highly symbolic square and a unique water display with a total of 26 fountains, each representing a Swiss canton.

  • Gurten
    At 864 meters above sea level, Bern’s local mountain with its distinctive Gurten Funiculaire and gorgeous view offers a variety of activities.

  • Aare River
    Swim in water that meets drinking water standards! This popular river attracts young and old for a cool dip on hot days.


Bern and cycling

The Tour de Suisse last visited Bern from 2006 to 2009. 2009 was also the year in which Bern local Fabian Cancellara first won the Tour de Suisse – and when Bern hosted the final. 2015 will see its return, with the Tour de Suisse’s great final weekend and the two closing stages taking place around the Swiss capital.


Proposals for restaurants and hotels

  • Granary (Kornhauskeller)
    The vaulted cellar is a rare and beautiful example of Bern’s High Baroque period, offering an ideal ambience for dining.

  • Altes Tramdepot
    Enjoy the spectacular view of Bern’s Old Town, and treat yourself to the house beer brewed right on the premises.

  • Hotel Allegro
    The Allegro is a 4-star superior lifestyle property in the heart of beautiful Bern, and yet – surrounded by stately trees and a picturesque pond – close to nature in a setting of scenic beauty. The higher hotel rooms and terraces offer breath-taking views of the historic old-town and the distant Alpine peaks.


For further information: www.bern.com, www.tds-bern.ch or www.facebook.com/bernswitzerland