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Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

1. Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

On this 90-minute stroll through Bern’s Old Town, your local guide will tell you about the city‘s 8 centuries of history. On rainy days, you can still enjoy this atmospheric area, as the arcades provide shelter. Admire the late Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and rendering of the Last Judgment. See the 13th-century Clock Tower (Zytglogge), where you can watch the fascinating show that happens on the hour. Who knows, you might even meet up with a member of the Federal Council in front of the Parliament building! Come along and discover the charms of the Swiss capital and this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a pleasant and leisurely walk.

From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

2. From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

Enjoy a small group tour of the Swiss capital of Berne, with round-trip transfers by air-conditioned minibus from either Zurich or Lucerne. Drive along scenic roads through stunning landscapes, and get a flavor of the rural highlights of the Entlebuch Valley (Switzerland's first UNESCO Biosphere) and Emmental Valley. See some of the many farms scattered across the pristine moors and Alpine pastures. Cross the border to the idyllic Emmental Valley to reach Trubschachen. Here, enjoy a biscuit tasting at the Kambly Experience and discover the origins of Switzerland's best-known premium biscuit brand. Learn the fine art of biscuit making and watch master confectioners at work. Indulge in the unique flavors of Kambly's biscuits, tasting as many of the tantalizing varieties as you like. Continue through typical Bernese back country en route to the capital. Upon arrival in Berne, burn off some calories on an informative walking tour of the charming Old Town. Marvel at the late Gothic architecture of the cathedral (Münster). Stroll under characteristic arcades to the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). Pay a visit to the Parliament building overlooking the beautiful River Aare. Then, enjoy some time at leisure for lunch (not included) and some souvenir shopping. Continue in the afternoon through the fascinating rural landscapes of the Emmental Valley. Admire the vast roofs that shelter prosperous Emmental farmhouses. Glory in the red of the geraniums in their windows. See grazing cows on green hills producing the best milk; the principal ingredient for Emmental cheese. Stop at the Emmentaler show dairy for the highlight of the day. Tour the show dairy on the audio-visual "King's Way" and learn more about the history of the world's most famous cheese. Marvel at the gigantic wheels of cheese in the impressive cellar before indulging your senses during a cheese tasting only an arm's length away from the master cheesemaker's workplace. Take a picture stop with amazing views over the gentle green hills of the Emmental to the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. After, drive back with a goodie bag full of Swiss delicacies collected at the visited attractions throughout the day.

Bern: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

3. Bern: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Switzerland's largest Protestant church! Visit the Swiss Parliament House, the home of the Republic in Bern. Photograph the Käfigturm while learning about its history and admire the Stadttheater Bern with its excellent acoustics. Then the Old City of Berne looks like something out of a fairy tale, don't forget to take pictures. The Zähringerbrunnen will leave you speechless with its beauty. Admire the City Hall with its heavy symbolism! The Nydeggkirche is worth your time and phone memory for its beautiful architecture, while the Cathedral of Bern, the impressive Gothic church will be another addition to your indelible memory. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum with its endless exhibits.

Bern’s Art and Culture revealed by a Local

4. Bern’s Art and Culture revealed by a Local

Experience an alternative side to the political city of Bern and immerse yourself in its booming artistic scene on this private tour with a local guide. Learn why thousands of art lovers from all over the globe flock to the city each year, attracted by the many cultural events or its rich atmosphere. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Bern and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the picturesque streets, admire impressive street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums, as well as hearing about several renowned artists such as Paul Klee and Markus Raetz and their connection to Bern. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical details of this multi-faceted Swiss city while diving into its art and culture from a local perspective.

Bern: Guided Historical City Walking Tour

5. Bern: Guided Historical City Walking Tour

Visit Berns beautiful medieval old town and learn about its history and the history of the Swiss confederation from the foundation period until today. Our guides are well versed in Switzerlands history, politics, tradition and contemporary life. Switzerland is unique in many ways. From conscription to the dual education system to the unique political instruments like referendums, motions or initiatives - we go all the way so that you will have a very in depth introduction to our beautiful country. Did you know for example that the Swiss voted no on a bill that guaranteed 6 weeks of holidays for everyone in a votation 2012. Did you know that the Swiss neutrality dates back to the 16th century. On our tour we interweave the history of our country with the manifold sites of Bern: Zytglogge, bear pit, federal palace of Switzerland, cathedral, historical museums and some strange fountains. We like our tours to be interactive and are open to discuss or answer any questions you might have about Switzerland: languages, culture, sports, music etc.

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What people are saying about Bern

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

It was just our luck that it was raining during the trip, hence, we did not get to see as much as we wanted at Bern (my fault as I forgot my raincoat). However, the visit to Kambly and Emmentaler and the countryside scenery despite the rain made up for that. And Peter was such an amazing guide that he made sure that we get the most out of the tour despite the weather. He was very warm and helpful with all the guests and accommodated special requests as much as he could. He assisted my friends and I in our request to be dropped off at the nearest train station on the way to Zurich and he even found us the train timings to book for a shorter journey to Interlaken. Would recommend this tour especially if it was Peter who will be the guide.

Knowledgeable guide. We saw a lot and were able to navigate on our own after this introduction. She handled giving the tour in 3 languages extremely well. Sending grouos off to take photos while speaking in other languages.

Good value for the money! If you know German also this is the best since this both English and German based the folks in the group!

Nice and informative tour. Shows all the important sights of the city. Great value for money. Very nice and competent guide.

Nice overview of the Old Town area. It was the introduction I was looking for.