18 Secrets & Things to do in Bern, Switzerland
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 things to do in the capital of Switzerland.
- Why: Unofficial capital of Switzerland
- When: Summer
- Best Hotels: Stay near the Bern Old Town
- Best Attractions: Aare River Dive and the Old Town
- Book Now: Bern Old Town Tour for just $29 USD
Revamp your summer travel plans with an exhilarating journey through Bern, Switzerland's hidden gems. Say goodbye to the monotonous travel guides and hello to the city's vibrant soul, especially during the sun-soaked months.
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.
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.
Grab brunch at the cozy Barenplatz crowded with patios, restaurants and bars.
The famous defense tower of Bern is located next to the Barenplatz.
The national parliament building of Switzerland offers astonishing views of Bern and is open to the public on Swiss National Day.
The famous shopping street in Bern loaded with boutique stores but pay attention to the trams.
7. The Child Eater
Known in German as the Kindlifresserbrunnen, nobody really knows why this horrific statue since it is almost 500 years old.
One of the oldest clock towers in Europe and extremely popular with the tourists.
The most gorgeous street in Switzerland with a creek running underneath providing water to all the cute fountains.
10. Einstein Haus
The famous apartment Einstein came up with the formula E=MC2
The tallest church in Switzerland, currently under renovation.
From this bridge you'll experience the most iconic view of Bern, especially on a clear day.
Bern means bear in Old German, that's why the city has its own bear park right next to the Nydeggbrucke.
14. Swiss Brand Museum
For an exhibition of all the products the Swiss produced over the past decades.
15. Andrianos Bar and Cafe
One of the best bars downtown Bern and a great place to meet the locals.
Fancy restaurant and bar in the basement underneath the Zytglogge.
17. Swiss National Day
Enjoy the massive fireworks show during Swiss National Day from the Bundeshaus plaza.
Iconic park next to the Bernermunster and a great place to hangout during the Swiss National Day fireworks show.
Begin your Bern adventure with a thrilling splash in the Aare River. Imagine floating at a brisk 13 km per hour, clutching your unique airbag-turned-floating-device, safeguarding your clothes. It's an unforgettable start to your Bernese journey!
Lunch is a delightful affair at Barenplatz, nestled in the heart of downtown Bern. This picturesque square brims with charming restaurants and bars, perfect for savoring a meal on a sun-drenched patio. It's more than just food; it's an ambiance that captures the essence of Bern.
Shopping enthusiasts, rejoice! Kramgasse isn't just a shopping haven; it offers a breathtaking view of the iconic Zytglogge clocktower. Photographs hardly capture its beauty, so seeing it in person is a must.
Dive into history by visiting Professor Einstein's former residence on Kramgasse. It's not just a house; it's where Einstein formulated the groundbreaking E=MC2. Walking through these rooms is like stepping into a page of history.
As evening falls, head to Antonio's Bar & Cafe near the Zytglogge. Here, I mingled with locals over a game of 'Corridor', enjoyed refreshing beers, and met fascinating individuals from Zurich. It's the perfect spot to soak in Bern's nightlife.
In summary, Bern is a must-visit summer destination, ideal for a quick but memorable stop during your Swiss Alps road trip. Its compact size means you can experience its full charm in just two days. So pack your bags and set off for an unforgettable Bernese adventure. Happy travels!