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  • 1 Old Berne Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CH - 3011 Bern

    The old town of Berne, which should be explored on foot, has retained a very picturesque Middle Ages character. Its streets, some of which are pedestrianised, lined with arcades, punctuated with fountains and beautiful old houses, provide an occasion..

  • 2 Bernisches Historisches Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Helvetiaplatz 5 CH - 3005 Bern

    The museum contains very varied collections relating to prehistory, history, archaeology and ethnography. See in particular the attractive 18C furniture of the Pourtalès salon, the booty taken from the Burgundians in 1476 at Grandson and Morat, preci..

  • 3 Berne Fines Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hodlerstr. 8-12 CH - 3000 Bern

    The Fine Art Museum is rich with collections which devote a lot of space to various trends of painting, from the Italian primitives to the impressionists and cubists, and contains many canvases by Swiss painters, but above all a remarkable collection..

  • 4 Zentrum Paul Klee Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Monument im Fruchtland 3 CH - 3000 Bern

    This centre, which opened in 2005, houses the world's most extensive collection of works by Paul Klee (1879-1940), including 4 000 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, amounting to 40% of the artist's total output. The architecture alone - by Re..

  • 5 Junkerngasse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CH - Bern

    Among the street's old houses, the Erlacherhof at n°47 (the town hall) is a fine Baroque building of French inspiration. Approaching the cathedral on its chevet side, the view takes in its tower, nave, buttresses and pinnacles. Follow it round to the..

  • 6 Dählhölzli Zoological Garden Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Tierparkweg 1 CH - 3005 Bern

    Dominating the River Aare, this 13ha park is home to European and Nordic wildlife: otter, muskox, lynx, wolf, bison, elk, reindeer, black grouse... It has hundreds of exotic birds, butterflies and rare local fauna.

  • 7 Marktgasse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CH - 3011 Bern

    Lined with attractive shops, florists' stalls and 17 and 18C houses, this elegant artery is the centre of intense activity. Note in particular the fountain of Anna Seiler and that of the Marksman.

  • 8 Zytgloggeturm Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CH - 3011 Bern

    This tower was the West Gate of the town in the medieval era, and has a chime which operates four minutes before each hour. The many small painted characters, including bear cubs, which march to the sound of the Jester, make it one of the best loved ..

  • 9 Kramgasse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CH - 3000 Bern

    In the extension of Marktgasse, this more popular artery has also preserved all of its old character. You will see several attractive fountains, including that of Zähringen and that of Samson, together with the house (at No. 49) where the physicist A..

  • 10 Bear Pit Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    CH - 3005 Bern

    Since the early 16C, the bears of Bern have been a popular attraction and are visited by tourists and residents of the city, who come every day, armed with treats. The bears have the run of the vast park alongside the River Aare, as well as their own..

  • 11 Berne Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Münsterplatz 1 CH - 3000 Bern

    This building, called a cathedral, is in fact a collegiate the construction of which, begun in 1421, was completed only in 1893 with the erection of the tower, the highest in the country (100m). The tympanum of the main door, made by E. Küng, is a re..

  • 12 Schweizerisches Postmuseum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Helvetiastr. 16 CH - 3006 Bern

    This pleasant museum traces the development of communication through the ages. The history of the post and philately naturally occupy a prominent position.

  • 13 Berne Botanical Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Altenbergrain 21 CH - 3013 Bern

    This huge garden, developed in terraces which go down as far as the river, adorned with fountains and water features, lets you admire a large variety of Alpine plants and, in the greenhouse, exotic plants.

  • 14 Berne Natural History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Bernastr. 15 CH - 3005 Bern

    This interesting museum over five levels offers the chance to discover the life of animals from different environments, including those from the local fauna, but also collections devoted to mineralogy, gemmology and palaeontology.

  • 15 Swiss Alpines Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Helvetiaplatz 4 CH - 3005 Bern

    This recently renovated museum lets you visit the Alps (60% of the area of the country) by exploring audiovisual productions, relief plans, maps and interactive terminals which explore certain points such as history or climate. Other sections are dev..

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