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18 Secrets & Travel Tips in Bern, Switzerland

18 Secrets & Travel Tips in Bern, Switzerland

on Mar. 20, 2017 by

Bern is not the first place you think of when planning a trip to Europe but let me tell you, Bern is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. These are my 18 hidden secrets & best places to visit for the capital of Switzerland.

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Too many boring travel guides are available these days for Bern and are often all the same, that's why I dug deep into the capital of Switzerland to bring you the best hidden spots during the summer months.

Places

  • 1. Aare Jump

    The Swiss Alps produce some of the purest water I have ever seen and in Bern you can jump in the river to go downstream at 13KM per hour.

    Dalmaziquai 91, 3005 Bern, Switzerland

  • 2. Freibad Marzili

    Switzerland has many FREE attractions, this swimming pool is one of them. A great place to enjoy the sun and local activities.

    Marzilistrasse 29, 3005 Bern, Switzerland

  • 3. Barenplatz

    Grab brunch at the cozy Barenplatz crowded with patios, restaurants and bars.

    Waaghaus-Passage 8, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 4. Hollanderturm

    The famous defense tower of Bern is located next to the Barenplatz.

    Waisenhauspl. 15, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 5. Bundeshaus

    The national parliament building of Switzerland offers astonishing views of Bern and is open to the public on Swiss National Day.

    Bundesterrasse, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 6. Marktgasse

    The famous shopping street in Bern loaded with boutique stores but pay attention to the trams.

    Marktgasse 28, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 7. The Child Eater

    Known in German as the Kindlifresserbrunnen, nobody really knows why this horrific statue since it is almost 500 years old.

    Kornhauspl. 7, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 8. Zytglogge

    One of the oldest clock towers in Europe and extremely popular with the tourists.

    Zytglogge, Bim Zytglogge 3, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 9. Kramgasse

    The most gorgeous street in Switzerland with a creek running underneath providing water to all the cute fountains.

    Kramgasse 34, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 10. Einstein Haus

    The famous apartment Einstein came up with the formula E=MC2

    Kramgasse 51, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 11. Bernermunster

    The tallest church in Switzerland, currently under renovation.

    Münsterplatz 1, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 12. Nydeggbrucke

    From this bridge you'll experience the most iconic view of Bern, especially on a clear day.

    Lower Gate Bridge, 3013 Bern, Switzerland

  • 13. Barengraben

    Bern means bear in Old German, that's why the city has its own bear park right next to the Nydeggbrucke.

    Grosser Muristalden 4, 3006 Bern, Switzerland

  • 14. Swiss Brand Museum

    For an exhibition of all the products the Swiss produced over the past decades.

    Grosser Muristalden 2, 3006 Bern, Switzerland

  • 15. Andrianos Bar and Cafe

    One of the best bars downtown Bern and a great place to meet the locals.

    Theaterpl. 2, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 16. Kornhauskeller

    Fancy restaurant and bar in the basement underneath the Zytglogge.

    Kornhauspl. 18, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 17. Swiss National Day

    Enjoy the massive fireworks show during Swiss National Day from the Bundeshaus plaza.

    Münzrain 4-6, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

  • 18. Munsterplatform

    Iconic park next to the Bernermunster and a great place to hangout during the Swiss National Day fireworks show.

    Münsterplattform 9, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

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Kick off Bern with a refreshing jump in the Aare river which flows at speeds up to 13 km per hour while you hold onto your airbag containing your clothes.

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For lunch I recommend grabbing a bite at a patio on the Barenplatz downtown Bern loaded with adorable little restaurants and bars.

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Kramgasse is the main shopping street with a gorgeous view on the Zytglogge clocktower, the photos simply don't do this place justice.

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Bern is well known for being the residence of Professor Einstein, you can visit his original apartment on the Kramgasse. This is also the same place where Einstein came up with the formula E=MC2.

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For a fun evening grab a couple of beers at Antonio's Bar & Cafe next to the Zytglogge. I ended up playing a fun game called Corridor with some of the locals and met a couple of friendly girls from Zurich.

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In conclusion, Bern is a great summer destination for a pitstop during a road trip through the Swiss Alps. Due to its small size, 2 days is sufficient to see the entire city. Happy travels!

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