Bern

  • The capital of the Confederation, a trifle provincial, has the look of a town in the countryside. But underneath its very proper appearance and its luxury boutiques beneath the archways, the back streets of the Old City of Bern are constantly brimming with an air of festivity and creativity. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage, the Old City houses a multitude of buildings and structures worth visiting, ...
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    Bern

    The capital of the Confederation, a trifle provincial, has the look of a town in the countryside. But underneath its very proper appearance and its luxury boutiques beneath the archways, the back streets of the Old City of Bern are constantly brimming with an air of festivity and creativity. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage, the Old City houses a multitude of buildings and structures worth visiting, ...

  • Bern is lapped by the Aare River.
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    Bern

    Bern is lapped by the Aare River.

  • The Aar that passes through Bern is a tributary of the High Rhine. It is 179 miles long.
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    Bern

    The Aar that passes through Bern is a tributary of the High Rhine. It is 179 miles long.

  • The Christmas Market of Bern is known throughout Switzerland.
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    Bern

    The Christmas Market of Bern is known throughout Switzerland.

  • The city centre has kept its ancient appearance, and its heritage has been especially well preserved.
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    Bern

    The city centre has kept its ancient appearance, and its heritage has been especially well preserved.

  • Bern is a friendly-sized city and perfect for discovering on foot.
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    Bern

    Bern is a friendly-sized city and perfect for discovering on foot.

  • Bern's city centre has retained all of its charm. In summer, the façades of the buildings are lit up by the sun.
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    Bern

    Bern's city centre has retained all of its charm. In summer, the façades of the buildings are lit up by the sun.

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Switzerland

The capital of the Confederation, a trifle provincial, has the look of a town in the countryside. But underneath its very proper appearance and its luxury boutiques beneath the archways, the back streets of the Old City of Bern are constantly brimming with an air of festivity and creativity. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage, the Old City houses a multitude of buildings and structures worth visiting, such as the Federal Palace, the mayor's office, the Clock Tower, the Ogre's Fountain, Grenette, the French church and the cathedral. You can also visit the home of Enstein, discoverer of the theory of relativity, as well as the museum of history and the fine arts which houses a collection of numerous works by Paul Kee, and also the museum of Drama. Another interesting trip is to go down the Aar river by rubber dinghy from Thoune right up to Bern.

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