The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern is an often-overlooked gem. This petite city of lofty spires, cobbled streets and medieval architecture is set to a backdrop of snow-capped peaks and occasional glimpses of the glistening Aare River that runs through its heart. Elegant yet affable, Switzerland’s capital city promises to delight, with its museums, ancient arcades and 16th century fountains.
Bern’s medieval townscape is hugely atmospheric, with its narrow, cobbled streets and sheltered arcades converging with the azure Aare River. These covered walkways are home to over 6 kilometres of cafes, shops and restaurants that meander through the city, allowing you to shop, dine and browse in all weathers. Home to Albert Einstein at the beginning of the 20th century, Bern pays homage to its famous inhabitant at the fascinating Einstein Museum and the Albert Einstein House, whilst the Zentrum Paul Klee celebrates another famous Bernese son with its phenomenal collection of his works. Visit the Zytglogge (Bern’s 16th century clock tower) and the Bear Park, home to a family of the city’s heraldic animal, as you discover this compact and charming city.