Bern (or Berne), the Capital of Switzerland is a medieval city founded in 1191, on and around the Aare River. With its stately sandstone buildings, historical towers and 11 magnificent fountains, Bern is one the most impressive examples of medieval town architecture in Europe. The noble dome of the House of Parliament presides above the city, just a few steps from the main train station. Bern claims Switzerland’s highest Gothic cathedral, the Münster-Cathedral, and the Heiliggeist-Kirche, a prime example of 18th century Protestant church architecture.
The city of Bern was built with local sandstone in Gothic style with gables, bay windows, and more arcades than any city in Europe: Entire rows of houses merge into one integrated whole, all connected by long covered promenades – the arcades. Umbrellas made from stone… – rain or shine, it is a pure delight to leisurely stroll along one of the longest shopping promenades in Europe providing a unique shopping experience! Throughout the city are towers, arcades, and lots of old fountains. The fantastic Clock Tower has puppets that pop out before the hour and perform a little skit.
In 2009 the new Bear Park was opened, including the historic Bear-Pit, the city’s most popular tourist attraction for almost 500 years. Legend has it that when Bern was founded, it was named after the first animal killed there: a bear. In addition to its numerous historic sites, Bern also offers an active cultural life and various options for activities in the city and its surroundings. The Center Paul Klee exhibits the largest collection in the world of one of the greatest 20th century artists, and the Swiss Alpine Museum displays a history of the Swiss Alps. Bern’s shimmering green river, the Aare twists and turns alongside the Old Town and offers countless restful havens. A short walk will take you to tree-lined embankments surrounded by nature. The Aare attracts people of all ages – especially in summer when the river’s refreshing clean water invites you to jump in and cool off in the middle of town.
Take a city tour
Visit the Bears
Visit a museum eg Paul Klee or the Natural History
Take a dip in the Aare
Visit Einsteins House
Please click on the following Tour Link which takes you to the Tour Visiting this area