About Bern

The fifth largest city on the map of the beautiful country of Switzerland, Bern, proudly looks upon the mighty Alps. This wonderful city to behold is situated on the banks of the alluring river Aare and has been the capital of the country for almost 170 years. This UNESCO listed city is characterized by Sandstone buildings with arcades from the floor. An ancient treasure of around 11 artistically carved fountains, each adorned with a lifelike statue distinguishes the city centre even today. Fascinatingly the city was the home town of the famous physicist Albert Einstein’s in the 20th century and the same shares the fame of his theory of relativity unveiled here. The city claims fame for also being the hometown of globally acclaimed for his artistic excellence, modern artist Paul Klee. The city paid its due tribute to this wonderful artist in creating a museum housing almost half of the creative work ever done by Paul Klee. Boasting unlimited treasures of culture, entertainment and respite Bern undoubtedly scores remarkably high in the entire area of Switzerland.

Public Transport System

Bus, Trams, cab, uber, metro, taxi, flights (for distant places)

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High; Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Taxi

  • The fare cost for the taxi start is 7 Fr. This is a normal tariff.
  • The fare cost of a taxi 1 Km is 4 Fr. This is a normal tariff.
  • For the taxi one hour waiting, due to reasons like sightseeing, adventure, etc, the fare cost is 72 Fr.

Bus

  • By bus, the fare cost to travel for 1 Km is 3 Fr.

Tram and cab

  • The tram and cab have fare cost 4-5 Fr.

Uber and metro

Uber and the metro cost 4 Fr and 2 Fr.

 

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 5.39
Cup of Coffee USD 5.39
Milk Carton Pack USD 2.15
Rice/Kg USD 3.23
White Bread USD 3.23
Eggs (12) USD 5.39
Combo Meal USD 15.08
Fine Dining USD 107.74
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 4.31
Domestic Beer USD 7.54
Imported Beer USD 6.46
Bottle of Wine USD 12.93
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 8.62
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 4.31
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 3.23
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 1529.94

Dos

  • Do carry your own valid documents when in the city.
  • Do follow the etiquette of using mobile phones in public.
  • Do take care to check bills after shopping or in eateries.
  • Do try to use cards instead of hard cash.
  • Do learn a few words of the local language to add ease to your visit.
  • Do carry a small token of gratitude when visiting someone in Bern.
  • Do shake hands both while meeting and leaving someone, including children.
  • Do remember that people acknowledge each other by their first names in Bern. 

Don’t    

  • Don’t carry id proofs of anyone with you, you might be charged for stealing them.
  • Do not treat children harshly, it might be drawing official attention.
  • Do not leave your belongings and bags recklessly, the city is theft prone.
  • Don’t forget to take off your shoes before entering a house in Bern.
  • Don’t forget to do ’cheers’ before a drink

Night Life

Bern might not be the first city that comes to someone's mind when one thinks of destinations around the world that have the craziest nightlife. The Swiss capital, is more often than not, known more prominently for its museums, gardens, and churches. But what you see is a mere portion of what this UNESCO World Heritage Site is capable of. The city of Bern houses some of the trendiest pubs, bars, and clubs that one could ever come across in all of Europe. The city of Bern combines a bit of Las Vegas, a little bit of London, and a tiny sparkle of both Paris and Amsterdam. The city is truly a wonderful spot for all the night birds out there. 

Must See

Kunstmuseum (Museum of Art)- the museum is home to more than 51,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and films.

Rosengarten: A beautiful open area on a hill slope just across the river in the centre of the town.

Berner Munster: Most famous buildings in the city. Also called Bern Cathedral. 

City of Fountains: The old town of Bern has many old fountains spread out across it. A must see without a doubt. 

The Granary: A multi-use cultural space.

The French Church: The Oldest church in the city of Bern.

The Communication Museum: Shows the history of the development of human communication through the centuries.

 

 

Experiences

  • Take a trip to Interlaken from Bern to experience this beautiful section of the Alps. 
  • Visit the town of Thun, the most charming town by far in the city of Bern that sits on the river Aare. 
  • Biel: The centre of Swiss Watchmaking. Visit this town to get an aura of the old world charm of the city.
  • Murten: The most well preserved old town in all of Europe. 
  • See SC Bern play: Best supported ice hockey team in the world outside the NHL.
  • Swim in the Aare river.

Activities

Shopping

Antiquitäten Ritschard U. & M.
Antique Markets
Kramgasse 9, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
.85 Km
Flohmarkt Steinhölzli
Flea Markets and Bazaars
4, Kirchstrasse, 3097 Liebefeld, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
5.6 Km
Bücher-Brocky
Antique Markets
Länggassstrasse 46, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
5.4 Km
Nicky's Schnäppchenshop
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Kirchstrasse, 3065 Bolligen, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
6.2 Km
Bazaar 58
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Gerechtigkeitsgasse 58, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
1.2 Km
Edelweiss Shop - Swiss Souvenir, Schweizer Souvenirs, Souvenir Store, Interlaken
Handicrafts and Souviners
Bahnhofstrasse 10, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
55.8 Km
cmx switzerland
Handicrafts and Souviners
Rathausgasse 46, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
.9 Km
Zoo-Shop
Handicrafts and Souviners
Tierparkweg 1, 3005 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
4.3 Km
CHAT NOIR AG
Handicrafts and Souviners
Marktgasse 38, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
3.9 Km
Berner Heimatwerke, Genossenschaft
Handicrafts and Souviners
Kramgasse 61, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
1.0 Km
Wankdorf Shopping Mall
Shopping Malls
Papiermühlestrasse 85, 3014 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
2.4 Km
Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre
Shopping Malls
Riedbachstrasse 100, 3027 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
9.2 Km
Welle7
Shopping Malls
Schanzenstrasse 5, 3008 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
2.6 Km
Bücherbergwerk
Shopping Malls
Monbijoustrasse 16, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
2.6 Km
Coiffeur Creative Ramseier Evelyne
Shopping Malls
Kalchackerstrasse 9, 3047 Bremgarten bei Bern, Switzerland
Distance From City Center
4.4 Km
  • Swiss army knives.
  • Chocolates, famous caramels, pralines, and truffles.
  • Swiss made watches.
  • Jewellery and candles in rainbow colours.
  • Hand puppets.
  • Wooden dollhouse furniture.
  • Vibrantly coloured home accessories.
  • Photo frames.

Official Language

Swiss German

Other Language

Alemannic Swiss, Bernese Germa... Read more

Spoken Language

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Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF)

Population

0.13 (Millions)

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Weather

Broken Clouds 8.5°C

TimeZone

15:56 PM (GMT +02:00)

 

Ambulance

144

 

Police

 

Electric socket

Type J
Type J ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Bern Belp Airport - BRN

Best time to visit

April, May, June July, August, and September- late spring and summer are good seasons for tourism. July to mid-August- a vacation season pertaining to pleasant weather conditions.

Moderate time to visit

October, November, December, January is moderate tourism where visitors rely less on visiting Bern because of not very favourable weather conditions.

Worst time to visit

February and March- the worst time for tourism due to intense snowstorms

Taxi

Start Tariff: CHF 6.90

1 Km. Tariff: CHF 4.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: CHF 72.00

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