Set in the heart of Switzerland, Bern is the gateway to the Alps. It is also known as the federal capital, Bernis the political center of Switzerland. The city is distinguished by a high quality of life, an intense cultural offer and tourist attractions. Bern is home to international organizations and companies and has made a name for itself in science and research.
Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern.The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and owing to its 6 kilometres of arcades. The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. The elevated Rose Garden above the Bear Park and the platform of the 101-metre-high cathedral tower offer the best views of the old town round which the River Aare flows.
The capital city may easily be reached by car or by air via the Bern-Belp Airport and bus links to the city centre. Visitors who prefer to travel by train may take advantage of the dense rail network with its direct connections to the major European cities. Bern’s central location makes it the perfect base for overnight accommodation and for excursions throughout Switzerland.
How to get around ?
Although Bern has a very good public transport network it is best to explore the city centre on foot.
In the squares of the city centre colourful weekly markets present their wares. The Onion Market (Zibelemärit) which takes place on the fourth Monday in November is particularly worth visiting: visitors to the traditional market dedicated to onions start pouring into the city in the early hours.