Old City
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  • CColumbus
    Jacksonville, Florida1,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable stay in Bern
    One of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Lots of old world character, and the bustling population. Seems to be a mixture of old world, charm, and 21st-century technology.Bern has a very young population and it seems to attract a lot of college students. I found this to be a wonderful blend of old and young enjoying the culture. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are traveling to or through Switzerland.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insanely beautiful downtown of Switzerland's capital city. No wonder why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
    While planning for my Swiss trip, I wanted to go straight from Zurich to Interlaken, but I realized that the train there goes via Bern, the capital. I knew that Bern was the capital but what was in there? I felt shocked that I almost missed a shining gem such as this old town! It truly deserved its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation because it's just so stunning! So if you're going from Zurich or Geneva to Interlaken and the train stops at Bern, get off the train and explore the city for a few hours! You will not regret it!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Wine & Roads
    209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bern by Wine & Roads
    The first sight of any city is always surprising, but in the case of Bern it’s amazing to realise that every image you see is beautiful; it’s simply unparalleled. The capital of Switzerland, whose historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, is seductive, attractive and absolutely charming; from medieval squares, to contemporary museums, an astronomical clock or a fantastic natural environment, there are many things to see in Bern, a set of medieval streets, totally pedestrian, narrow and winding that delight all tourists who visit Bern and that causes everyone, without exception, to end up surrendered at his feet. Let’s start!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 December 2023
  • David
    Lille, France1,815 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can totally visit on a Sunday!
    Whilst a previous reviewer may be correct in pointing out that lots of places are loads on Sunday, if you aren't interested in shopping then this shouldn't be too much of an issue. There are plenty of interesting things to see in this town which are open on Sunday, such as the churches. And you can admire the beautiful green buildings!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2024
  • Snowball's adventure
    Barnet, United Kingdom7,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNESCO World Heritage Site
    The Bern's Old Town is the No.1 Must See Place when you go to Bern. I admit that I had doubts before I came here but then, I fully understood why this old town had become a UNESCO World Heritage site! Its calmness, red colour roofed medieval buildings, long cobbled streets, colourfully painted fountains, & the beautiful & elegant clock towers, have made this Old Town be possibly the most pretty & best-preserved Historic Town in Switzerland! The west side of the Old Town is more busy as it's filled with shops, restaurants & markets, whereas the east side is more quiet, calm & peaceful. Tips: It's easy to get here from the Bern's Station too, just look up & follow the Zetgloge clock tower or the Kafigturm tower. Highly recommended for anyone who visited Switzerland!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
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Snowball's adventure
Barnet, UK7,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
The Bern's Old Town is the No.1 Must See Place when you go to Bern. I admit that I had doubts before I came here but then, I fully understood why this old town had become a UNESCO World Heritage site!
Its calmness, red colour roofed medieval buildings, long cobbled streets, colourfully painted fountains, & the beautiful & elegant clock towers, have made this Old Town be possibly the most pretty & best-preserved Historic Town in Switzerland! The west side of the Old Town is more busy as it's filled with shops, restaurants & markets, whereas the east side is more quiet, calm & peaceful.
Tips: It's easy to get here from the Bern's Station too, just look up & follow the Zetgloge clock tower or the Kafigturm tower.
Highly recommended for anyone who visited Switzerland!
Written 13 May 2024
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David
Lille, France1,815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Whilst a previous reviewer may be correct in pointing out that lots of places are loads on Sunday, if you aren't interested in shopping then this shouldn't be too much of an issue. There are plenty of interesting things to see in this town which are open on Sunday, such as the churches. And you can admire the beautiful green buildings!
Written 31 March 2024
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Litochoro, Greece1,235 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We visited Bern on Sunday !! You know what that means - everything closed !
Even though it seemed picturesque cafes and restaurants everything was closed .
Written 1 February 2024
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arvo eino
Finland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Very beautiful old city of bern.very tall incredible buildings.very clean city.beautiful photos of the fountains.must visit
Written 26 January 2024
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Tanushka K
Stockholm, Sweden13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
There were loads of stores you could go to! Including vintage and modern. I really liked going around the city and exploring new places. It’s very pretty and has loads of attractions.
Written 18 December 2023
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Wine & Roads
209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The first sight of any city is always surprising, but in the case of Bern it’s amazing to realise that every image you see is beautiful; it’s simply unparalleled. The capital of Switzerland, whose historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, is seductive, attractive and absolutely charming; from medieval squares, to contemporary museums, an astronomical clock or a fantastic natural environment, there are many things to see in Bern, a set of medieval streets, totally pedestrian, narrow and winding that delight all tourists who visit Bern and that causes everyone, without exception, to end up surrendered at his feet. Let’s start!
Written 4 December 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
While planning for my Swiss trip, I wanted to go straight from Zurich to Interlaken, but I realized that the train there goes via Bern, the capital. I knew that Bern was the capital but what was in there? I felt shocked that I almost missed a shining gem such as this old town! It truly deserved its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation because it's just so stunning!

So if you're going from Zurich or Geneva to Interlaken and the train stops at Bern, get off the train and explore the city for a few hours! You will not regret it!
Written 19 November 2023
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Kathy B
Chapel Hill, NC19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Beautiful city - Old Town and not-so-old town were lovely. Climb the tower at the cathedral for amazing views!
Written 12 November 2023
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Hailey P
Denver, CO26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A must visit, this old city is beautiful and to all visiting the city, I recommend having a look. Top location!
Written 25 August 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
The Old Town in Bern is UNESCO-listed and, if you take a wander, you can see why. We had a guided walking tour which always helps as you get to learn about the history behind some of the buildings. Lots of lovely architecture, fountains, small streets etc.

Well worth taking a stroll at the very least.
Written 25 July 2023
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