Bern Sights

From the time it was built on a high, narrow peninsula above the rushing Aare, Bern's streets have followed the river's flow. The original town began by what is now the Nydegg Bridge—it controlled the ferry crossing there—and spread westward, uphill to the Zeitglockenturm (known locally as the Zytglogge), a clock tower constructed in 1191 to mark Bern's first significant western

gate. Further expansion in 1256 stretched the city to where the Käfigturm now stands; one last medieval growth spurt, hot on the heels of a resounding victory over the Burgundians in 1339, moved the city walls west yet again to the present-day train station, the Hauptbahnhof.

The bustling, commercial city center radiates out from that train station. To get to the Altstadt, follow the trams across Bärenplatz and through the Käfigturm. Marzili and Matte, former working-class and still flood-prone neighborhoods, lie together along the riverbed of the Aare. All these areas are easily explored on foot, but in Marzili and Matte you may want to take your cue from the locals: walk down, ride the funicular up. The cluster of museums in Kirchenfeld, on the south side of the river, is a short (spectacular) walk or tram ride away.

Read More

Browse Sights

View All 5

(5 out of 5 results)

Fodor's Choice

Area

View All 19

Altstadt (Old Town) and City Center 12

Museum District 5

Greater Bern 2

Category

View All 19

Arts/ Performance Venue 2

Building/ Architectural Site 2

Garden/ Arboretum 1

Government Building 1

Historic District/ Site 2

House/ Mansion/ Villa 1

Jail 1

Museum/ Gallery 10

Park/ Playground 1

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 3

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 1

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 1

Zoo/ Aquarium 1

Show More +
Best For

View All 9

Family 6

Romantic 1

Views 2

Advertisement

Bern Sights

Showing 5 out of 5 Results

Filter Results
Clear All Filters

Sort By:

  • Alphabetical
  • Fodor's Choice

Bernisches Historisches Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Indonesian shadow puppets, Japanese swords, Polynesian masks, Indian figurines, and Celtic jewelry fill the ground floor. The Islamic...

Kunsthalle Bern

  • Museum/Gallery

A completely different animal from the Kunstmuseum across town, this groundbreaking contemporary art venue built in 1918 by and for artists...

Museum für Kommunikation

  • Museum/Gallery

This resolutely interactive museum keeps its focus on the act of communication rather than the means. Exhibits examine body language...

Naturhistorisches Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The biggest draw here is the stuffed body of Barry, a St. Bernard who saved more than 40 people in the Alps between 1800 and 1812. But...

Schweizerisches Alpines Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This is the place for an in-depth look at the world of mountaineering and its passionate participants and followers. Regularly changing...

Advertisement