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  • 1. BearPark

    Altstadt | Zoo/Aquarium

    Bern almost certainly gets its name from the local contraction of the German Bären, because of Berchtold V's supposed first kill in the area...Read More

  • 2. Kunstmuseum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    The permanent collection here, one of the largest and most diverse in Switzerland, begins with the Italian Trecento (notably Duccio and Fra...Read More

  • 3. Münster

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Master builder Matthäus Ensinger already had Strasbourg's cathedral under his belt when he drew up plans for what became the largest and most...Read More

  • 4. Museum für Kommunikation

    Kirchenfeld | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Zentrum Paul Klee

    Schöngrün | Museum/Gallery

    Engaged creativity are the watchwords in this undulating, light-filled complex inspired by the life and art of Paul Klee and designed by Renzo...Read More

  • 6. Bernisches Historisches Museum

    Kirchenfeld | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 7. Bundeshaus

    City Center | Government Building

    Conceived as a national monument and the beating heart of the Swiss Confederation (the seven-member Federal Council, the 46-member Council of...Read More

  • 8. Christoffelturm

    City Center | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The 14th-century maps, 19th-century photographs, and St. Christopher's huge limewood head give context to the thick stone foundations of Bern...Read More

  • 9. Einsteinhaus

    Altstadt | House/Mansion/Villa

    This genteel little apartment has been lovingly re-created to evoke the world of 1905, the miracle year in which then-tenant Albert Einstein...Read More

  • 10. Gurten


    Bern's very own hill rises 1,000 feet above the city and presents a delightful alternative to the city on clear afternoons. The view moves from...Read More

  • 11. Heiliggeistkirche

    City Center | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in the shadow of the huge Christoffelturm on the site of a disused monastery hospital, this baroque church, laid out like a Huguenot temple...Read More

  • 12. Käfigturm

    City Center | Building/Architectural Site

    This tower, completed in 1643, served as the city's prison until 1897. Reconfigured as the Confederation's Political Forum in 1999, it now hosts...Read More

  • 13. Kornhaus

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    Wine stocked the cellar and grain filled the top three floors of this granary for 100 years during Bern's golden age. Then the 1814 Vienna Congress...Read More

  • 14. Kunsthalle Bern

    Kirchenfeld | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. Naturhistorisches Museum

    Kirchenfeld | 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 start...Read More

  • 16. Nydeggkirche

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A plaque on the outside wall of the church indicates where vestiges of Duke Berchtold's 12th-century Nydegg Castle (destroyed about 1270) still...Read More

  • 17. Rosengarten

    Altstadt | Garden/Arboretum

    The lower Altstadt's hilltop cemetery was converted into a public park in 1913, and today, its lawns, arbors, playground, and formal gardens...Read More

  • 18. Schweizerisches Alpines Museum

    Kirchenfeld | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 19. Zytglogge/Zeitglockenturm

    Altstadt | Historic District/Site

    Though its exterior dates from 1771, the internal walls of Bern's first western gate reach back to the 12th century and represent the city's...Read More

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