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Home to Albert Einstein, Bern is Switzerland's capital in name, but hardly in stature. Despite its sleepy qualities, the ample museums and pretty views—the arcades are a UNESCO Heritage Site—make it worth a stop.
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Experiences

  • The Cathedral here has Switzerland's highest church tower. Started in 1421, the steeple wasn't finished until 1893.
  • Renzo Piano's Paul Klee Museum is a work of architectural genius, filled with undulating light. The permanent collection contains over 200 works by the famed artist.
  • Walk around Bern's arcades, which keep visitors and locals alike dry from the city's famously iffy weather.

Festivals

  • The Geranium Market is in mid-May.
  • The open-air OrangeCinema shows films in front of the university in July and August.

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