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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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