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For your information the airport at Bern is situated about 10 km from the centre of town.
Beloved Bern with its romance and history is the perfect pick for people who adore magical medieval town centres and those striving for a perfect touring base for Switzerland. It is the home to the pop artist Paul Klee and served Albert Einstein when devising his theory of relativity.
Bern, the capital of Switzerland dates back as far as 1191 and has been very well looked after over the centuries. There are in fact claims that Bern is one of the most well preserved medieval towns in Europe. UNESCO agreed and bestowed it with the desirable Cultural World Heritage Site status.
Situated atop a hill, the town of Bern is enveloped by the picture perfect River Aare lending an element of beauty and charm to the city. On a sunny day, it is not unusual for people to enjoy a relaxing swim in the river’s crystal waters. Why not join them?!
There is much to enjoy in the Old City in terms of sights from picturesque fifteenth century fountains to the very famous thirteenth century clock tower, the Zeitglockentrum. You can’t fail to miss the austere Munster Cathedral (dating back to 1492). With its imposing Gothic exterior and medieval setting, you can’t help but feel as though you are somewhere really significant!
While in Bern allow time to visit the gallery of Paul Klee for a contrasting taste of the relatively new of pop art amongst all that is considerably old. Containing in excess of four thousand pieces of work by the artist, this gallery is considered to hold one of the world’s most important collections of his paintings and drawings.
While nothing can compare to visiting important monuments like the Zeitglockentrum, there are more baser offerings in Bern, if so inclined. Good old retail therapy at its very best is available here within the old town. Imagine a shopping facility that reaches for six kilometres and how many bargains you can hunt down. Possibly the longest indoor shopping centre in Europe, Bern treats the shopper very seriously.
Sightseers are able to hire a “wheeler” in the city which helps enormously in navigation and adds to the fun of the experience. For a deposit of 15 euros, you could be free wheeling around the elegant city at the envy of all around you. In addition to bikes, travelling around the city couldn’t be any trendier with skateboards and scooters available during the summer.
Beyond the Nydeggbrucke is the location of the Bear Pit soon to be developed into a magnificent Bear Park. Known locally as the Barengraben, Bern has had a bear pit since the sixteenth century. A bear is featured on the city’s coat of arms due to the legend that Bern’s founder, Berchtold V von Zahringen fought and killed a bear on this site.
The Rosengarten or Garden of Roses offers amazing views across the city and dates back to 1913 when it was transformed from a cemetery to a pretty garden.
The Federal Palace (otherwise known as the Bundeshaus) built at the turn of the last century is where federal parliament or Swiss Federal Assembly meet. You can’t miss the Bundeshaus for the front is flanked by an incredible display of fountains. The sight is guaranteed to take your breath away!
Elaborately decorative fountains are found at many a turn in Bern. In fact the city has the nickname of “City of Fountains” because there are in excess of a hundred scattered about the city.
There is much more to see in Bern such as the contemporary art gallery in Bern, the Kunstalle Bern, the Paul Klee Museum and Einstein’s House.
Do not miss out on the views of the city from atop the tower of Switzerland’s tallest religious building, Bern Cathedral. The down side is you will need to climb 344 steps to reach those incredible views. On the plus side, all the toil is soon forgotten once the top has been reached!
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Bern Belp Airport
The airport is situated 10 kilometres from Bern city centre.
Every hour, an airport shuttle bus service operates between the airport and the Bern railway station. The fare is 9 Euros. Additionally, there is the the “Airliner” bus from the airport to the Swiss Federal Railways station in Belp. Fare is just 2 Euros and buses run twice an hour.
Taxis to the railway station cost 9 Euros.