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Overview

Switzerland’s capital is hot again

Bern, the capital of Switzerland

Bern is the capital city of the Swiss Confederation and the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. Bern is surrounded on three sides by the river Aare, and is located just west of the centre of Switzerland and north of the Bernese Alps. The magnificent countryside around Bern was formed by glaciers during the Ice Age. The historic old town of Bern, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The Old Town will delight you with its covered arcades, cobbled streets and decorated façades. Discover the local wonders such as the Das Berner Münster (Cathedral of Bern), the Zeitglockenturm (Clock Tower) and the Federal Palace. The Clock Tower is one of Bern’s most important sights.

Enjoy the view across the city and the snow-capped Bernese mountains when you are at the top of the Cathedral’s tower, Switzerland’s highest church tower! The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Federal Palace, also known as the Parliament Building or the Bundeshaus is an impressive and beautiful building has two wings and a 64 metre high dome. In front, is found the Parliament Square, which serves as a gathering point for inhabitants and as a market place every weekend.

Try local specialities such as the Bernerplatte (slabs of salt pork, beef tongue, smoked bacon, pork ribs, and mild pork sausage cooked down in broth) or Berner Rösti (shredded potatoes fried with onions, butter, and chunks of bacon).

Bern has one of Europe’s longest shopping promenades, with some 6 km of arcades home to trendy boutiques, jewellery shops, shopping malls and traditional markets.

Bern Tourist office
Bahnhofplatz 10a, 3011 Bern
Tel. +41 (0)31 328 12 12

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Bern can be found.

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From our travel community

Hi, I am visiting Switzerland on 11th May and would land in Geneva from India. We are four. 2 Adults, 1 boy 10 years and another 13 years. Itenary Geneva to Interlaken. Stay put in interlaken till 17th May. Visit multiple destination Bern, Jungfrau, (...)

Litin C. | 10 February 2018 answered | 2 Comments
Swiss half fare pass + italy pass or individual tickets in italy We are 2 adults planning to travel to Italy and Switzerland. We are thinking to purchase a Swiss Half fare pass + Italy Pass or individual tickets in Italy. Question: [ol][li]If we purchase the Italy Pass + Swiss Half fare pass, does it cover (...)

Michele W. | 20 December 2017 answered | 0 Comments
Eurail switzerland - italy Hi, i planning to book eurail Switzerland - Italy and travel during June 2018. I am wondering whether this rail pass including free travel on the bernina express?

Ching Y. | 12 December 2017 answered | 0 Comments
Italy-switzerland-paris-nice Hello, I will be travelling to Europe in December for 19 days with my wife. This is my route that i will be travelling Venice-Florence-Pisa-Rome-Tirano-(Tirano to chur in Bernina Express)-chur-(Chur to Zermatt in Glaciar (...)

Omkar G. | 15 November 2017 answered | 2 Comments
Is zermatt also included in eurail pass? HI WE WILL BE IN BERN THIS NOVEMBER AND WE WANT TO GO TO ZERMAT. CAN I USE MY GLOBAL PASS?

joseph r. | 19 October 2017 answered | 0 Comments

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Customer reviews

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    VERY BAD TIMING |
    "We took a train from Venice to Milan for connection to Bern. The ticket indicated that the train will arrive at 1755 in Milan and my connection was 1825. Was very upset that the train arrived at 1830 and we missed the train. They connected us from Milan to Brig and another connection from Brig to Bern which delayed a total of over 2 hours. To make matters worse, we had to seats arranged for these 2 legs and was told that if the train was full, we have to stand. Very unpleasant journey and disappointed with such connection arrangements!! "

  • Perfect |
    "I and My Friends were happy..The Train was confort..But there may be separete compartment for non -seat number..because how many times have we changed the place "

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    Trip to interlaken  |
    "the train was quite comfortable, lovely seating are for families. It was also quite expensive, but the views were definitely worth seeing! "

  • Feedback |
    "The travrl for very good. the train was not full and so it was possible to keep the luggage comfortable. Had it been full there would be problem. Need to see. "

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    Limited space for luggage |
    "In my opinion, there is limited space for putting large luggage as train are quite full. "

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    train changed |
    "Actually this time our trip has big problem. Because Suddenly train plafform changed in Bern. So my family got on the another train. also We paid but had no seat during over 3hours. "

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    smooth sailing |
    "yes, the travel was a smooth one, effortless and enjoyable. also a bit of comfort was there in first class. i like all those people from my country who can afford the cost, should travel by rail europe. "

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    Fast, easy and cheap! |
    "I really enjoyed my trip with eurorail. It is really fast, my ticket was quiet cheap and the personal in the train were kind. I recommand eurorail to everyone. "

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    efficiency travel |
    "short time travel from Bern to Milano; comfortable seat. "

  • Enjou our trip! |
    "We as a family enjoy our trip a lot! The only problem we experienced was that there was not enough space for all the people's lugguage. No complaints further. "

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