About Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland and UNESCO World Heritage. Despite its relatively small size it has a lot to offer. Many of the interesting things are concentrated in the old town around the main station, which makes it easy to explore them by foot. The IPDET program site is only a five minutes' walk from the main train station. The city has a comprehensive and easy to use transport system, including trains, trams and busses. You will find here some of the most interesting things to see and do around Bern.

For more information, please check the official tourist-site of Bern.


Founded in 1191 on a peninsula, surrounded by the River Aare and thus naturally fortified on three sides, Bern has preserved even today its medieval character. The old town still follows the same structures as ever, as well as the shops, markets and pubs.

Bern Historian Museum

The History Museum of Bern gives wonderful insights in the history of the city itself, Switzerland.

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 am - 5 pm, Monday closed

Zytglogge (Clock Tower)

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The Zytglogge was one of the first city gates of Bern and is nowadays situated in the heart of the old town. The ornate astronomical clock with moving figures was constructed in 1530 and served for centuries as the cities main-clock.



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The rose garden is one of the most beautiful parks of Bern and lies above the Aare with a nice view over the old-city and the surrounding landscape.

Hint: Einstein is sitting on benches in four different locations in Bern; one is in the Rose Garden!

Bear Park

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Just at the end of the old town, on the other side of the Aare-river, the Bear-park is located. Its grounds cover nearly 6,000 square meters alongside the river and are the home of three brown bears.

The bear park is accessible at any time – whether you happen to see the bears walking around is another question – good luck!

Botanical Garden

The botanical garden of the University of Bern is since 1860 a colourful oasis right in the middle of the City. It is a place to regenerate and enjoy nature, embodied through over more than 5500 different types of plants.

Opening times: 8 am – 5 pm


Art Gallery Bern

The Art Gallery Bern is Switzerland's oldest art museum with a collection of more than 3,000 paintings and sculptures and almost 50,000 drawings, prints, videos and films. It offers an overview over several centuries, including paintings of the most important and well-known artists of the world.

Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Center Paul Klee

The Center Paul Klee itself is a piece of art, conceptualized by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The world's largest collection of art-work of Paul Klee, portraying his life and his producing, next to exhibitions about contemporary artists

Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm


Bern is known for its uncountable shops and stores of all sizes and liking. Take a walk in the old-town and follow the arcades and you will be surprised how many interesting little shops and pubs you will find.



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The "Stockhorn" is less than 2 hours away from Bern. You can go by train form Bern to "Erlenbach im Simmental", where you then take the cable car which takes you directly on top of the mountain.


The Gurten is the local mountain of Bern, only a few minutes by Tram (Nr. 9, direction "Wabern", final station "Wabern, Gurtenbahn"). You can either walk up or take the "Gurtenbahn", a cable-car, which is included in the Libero-ticket.

Lake Thun

The Lake Thun is only half an hour away from Bern (by train) and very nice to take a walk or even start a hiking tour in the bernese Oberland ("upper land").


Just at the feet of the Alps, between two lakes, in the heart of the "Jungfrau-Region" lies Interlaken, a must-see for every mountain-lover.


There are plenty of beautiful cities in Switzerland, all worth a visit and easily accessible by train.

    Luzern is a paradise for tourists. The "Vierwaldstätter"-lake is surrounded by mountains and gives a very special view on the Alps - and even better if you book a boat-trip.

    Zürich is the biggest city of Switzerland and the smallest "world city". Museums, Culture, Night-life, Art, History - in Zurich you can find everything and more - or you just take a walk alongside the beautiful lake.

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