10 Things you should do on a day trip to Bern

Visiting Switzerland anytime soon? Then you cannot miss the Swiss capital Bern brimming with life and history. The city of Bern enchants visitors with its well-preserved medieval architecture set along the Aare river with a gorgeous backdrop of Alpine views.

Here’s a list of things you can do on a visit to Bern for a day trip and can be easily explored on foot. So are you ready? Here you go.

1.Produce Market
Around 5 minutes walk from the train station is the large square Bärenplatz that hosted a colorful market with ample variety of goods from food, flowers and clothes. This market right in the heart of the city is believed to be satiating the shopping spree of Bernese for more than a century. Read More here.

Day trip to Bern

2.The Prison Tower (Kafigturm)
Bärenplatz is dominated by 400 years old medieval tower, which stands in the place of a previously demolished prison tower. The tower also served as a watchtower and signal tower today hosts political exhibitions and discussion and is open to public interested in political history.

It was a sunny day but as it snowed all night the whole city was washed white and breathed of fresh chilled air.

Day trip to Bern

Day trip to Bern

3.Zytglogge
The clock tower is the iconic landmark tower of Swiss capital Bern. It is one of the oldest clocks in Switzerland and dates back to 13th century. Four minutes before the hour the vibrant medieval figures turn and twirl around followed by chimes and loud applause from the crowd of tourists waiting for the show. One can climb up to the top of the tower for best views over the city.

Day trip to Bern

4.City of Fountains
Continue onto the same street along the clock tower for gorgeous fountains all along the street. The elaborate fountains with intriguing and vividly colored figures and columns lining up the street depict the historic events from the middle Ages. Bern has over 100 fountains, eleven of which are of great historical importance and date back to mid-16th century. And all of them have potable water reserves.

Day trip to Bern

Day trip to Bern

5.Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Visit Einstein house located in the center of the Old City few hundred meters from the Clock Tower (Zytglogge). The second floor of the residence features furnishings and photos from the period Einstein stayed there with his family. The third floor has a film, which provides an insight into the life of Albert Einstein.

Day trip to Bern

6.Bern Town hall
The gothic style building with exquisite facade is the seat of the cantonal government and is not open to the public.

Day trip to Bern

7.Bern Cathedral (Berner Munster)
The medieval gothic style Cathedral has the highest church tower, beautiful stained glass windows and a remarkable main door portal with elegant carvings depicting the Last Judgment.

Day trip to Bern

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One can climb 344 steps up to the cathedral tower for magnificent views of the city roofs and the snow-capped mountains. Stroll around the park adjacent to the church for some of the best views of the city and the Aare River.

Day trip to Bern

Day trip to Bern

8.Parliament Building (Federal Palace of Switzerland)
The Parliament Building is the seat of the Swiss government and is open to public when sessions are not taking place. A visit to the domed hall and debating chambers for would walk one through the history and the working of the parliament. The parliament square hosts a traditional weekly market and an ice rink for kids in winter. The parliament stands at the edge of Aare valleys and provides with best views over the Aare River and the Alps.

Day trip to Bern

9.Recreational and Fun activities.
Visiting with kids you may want to visit the historical museum or the bear park or spend some relaxed time in one of the gardens.

Bern Historical Museum
Visit the historical museum for a walk through the historic and prehistoric times with exhibits from Stone Age to the present age. Visit Einstein Museum and attend the animated films hosted for an understanding of the life and work of Albert Einstein.

Bern Park (Barengraben)
Visit Bern bear park and watch the two residents of park Björk and Finn play around and have fun along the Aare riverside. The park has several walking paths along the river and is great for a relaxed family time.

Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
The Rose Garden originally a cemetery is home to hundreds of variety of flowers mainly roses, irises and rhododendrons. The garden houses a large pond, restaurant and is a great place to relax.

10.Shopping Spree
The cobblestone streets of old town are lined with arcades which Bernese call as the “Lauben” and are a great place for shopping for all seasons. One can find all kind of shops from brand shops, boutiques, traditional markets, antique shops and shopping malls. Or choose to shop in one of the flea markets, artisan market or produce markets.

Day trip to Bern

Day trips from Bern
If you have more than a day in Bern then you should definitely plan a day trip to one of the many surreal locations Bern has to offer. Check out the day trips which you can do from Bern here.

Snowed down Bern was one of our memorable trips. Have you visited Bern? Share with us your travel experiences in comments.

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  1. MArkets and museums are always a must-do everywhere you go, always laern somenthing frm those two places. I bet Einstein Museum was such an entretaining and at the same time educational experience to see the personal side of Einstein. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We are not much into shopping but definitely make it a point to visit the traditional markets for an experience. Yes Einstein museum was very educational and interesting.

  2. I already picked couple of things to do that I would put more time than the others. I would love to spend time looking at the fountains, and I think the town hall is gorgeous. I love the architecture and it certainly is a place to snap a lot of shots.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Town hall is gorgeous indeed but if you are looking for more great architecture I think visit to parliament is must. And yes fountains are stunning and as there are around 100 of them you can easily spend time exploring them.

  3. Rosie says: Reply

    I’ve never been to Switzerland but the architecture looks beautiful. I love it when a city retains its history 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful time!

    Rosie | http://www.rosieromance.com

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes Rosie we had a great time exploring the architecture and beauty of the city. Thanks 🙂

  4. Joanna says: Reply

    I have never been to Bern before (even if RyanAir tempted me with £10 flights) because of how expensive it is. From your pictures, it looks like a nice city to visit. I would like to climb those stairs to see the rooftops of the town. You were lucky that it was snowing and got to see such a nice image from up there.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Joanna we were really lucky to have to explore a city in snow on a sunny day. A rare opportunity indeed for us 😉

  5. I am planning on visiting Switzerland in the near future actually! This post is contains a great itinerary for Bern, thanks a lot. Love the produce market, i love visiting local markets wherever I go.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thats awesome Adina. We are sure you are going to love the city and its architecture as much as we did. Happy Travelling!

  6. Jenn M says: Reply

    I love the snow, this destination is perfect! The photographs are amazing. I would love to travel there.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Jenn. It was amazing to explore in snow!

  7. KatR says: Reply

    I’ve never been to Switzerland but your trip to Bern looks like it was fun and exciting! I would love to visit the marketplace! I really enjoy perusing the variety of wares at such places!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We second you its a great experience to explore markets and the variety of wares they exhibit and sell.

  8. So many interesting stuff to do in Bern however I would walk all day in the market even if I wouldn’t buy anything. I feel like it’s entertaining.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Vlad Vaida. And we do the same most of times, even though we dont buy we love strolling in the market place looking at the items for sale.

  9. Eloise says: Reply

    there are definitely some great and interesting places to visit in Bern, I’d love to go there and see all of the sites and history.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Eloise. Bern is an interesting place indeed!

  10. Chris says: Reply

    Switzerland looks like such a beautiful place, hopefully, when I get money I’ll be able to travel the world but for now, I’ll live vicariously through your blog.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Chris. We whole heartedly wish you make it one day.

  11. Great article with so many information! A good guide for visiting Bern, so many ideas of places to visit. I also loved your photos, especially the one with the snow-covered bikes! This is my favorite. 🙂 I’ve never been to Switzerland, but your post actually is very inspiring. It made me think of visiting Switzerland one day. Thank you for sharing such a lovely trip!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much Rodanthi for your kind words. Switzerland is a beautiful country with a wonderful blend of nature and history. If you love travelling you should definitely plan a visit to this beautiful country.

  12. Alison says: Reply

    I love all the architecture that is found here! I definitely would want to go to the market as they are my favorite places to go on a Saturday when traveling. I love being able to get what the locals get!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Alison visiting local markets gives you an opportunity to shop like local and explore the traditional items.

  13. Wow! All of the architecture is gorgeous, I would definitly want to visit the important buildings like churches, towers and that clock which is so beautiful!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Courtney, True that Bern has a wonderful architecture and history worth a visit.

  14. Always wanted to go to Swistzerland but didn’t have really much of a clue what to see there. This is really helpful.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Lizelle. Switzerland is a beautiful country indeed and definitely worth a visit.

  15. Denisa says: Reply

    Bern is gorgeous and there are so many things you do to fill a week , let alone one single day ! I would climb the stairs and see the rooftop ( I adore rooftops views)

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Denisa. If you love history and architecture you can easily spend weeks exploring!

  16. The architecture there is just amazing. Living in Canada I don’t see it here so it always draws me in. Great photos!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Bella. Bern has an amazing architecture indeed!

  17. Ahh Switzerland the land of sweet opportunities where chocolate reigns supreme. I love the architecture and Swiss markets are meant to be top dollar!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Ana. For us any place we visit the history or architecture and its local traditions like markets are a lot more fascinating than anything else.

  18. Sonnie says: Reply

    Your parliament building in itself is a piece of art. But one thing that intrigued me are our water fountains– eleven of which are existent already since mid-16th century, wow!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Sonnie parliament is a magnificent building and fountains all along the street are just beautiful to behold.

  19. I have an Uncle who lives in Switzerland but I never knew that it was so gorgeous with so many things to see. The Zytglogge looks & sounds amazing – I can just imagine the crowds going wild … the figurines turning and twirl make me think of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I can’t help but smile.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True.. the Zytglogge and its turning figures are a great attraction for the crowd and its amazing to watch too.

  20. I have never been in Bern but after seeing the photos and reading your experience, I am totally willing to visit! The fountains looks so detailed, great art! I would definitely spend lots of time to explore the Produce Market. I hope you enjoyed your stay there along with the food!

    Zaria

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes we had a great time Thanks. The fountains are interesting indeed and yes the shopping enthusiasts can spend a lot more time in the markets 😉

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