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“throttle down and relax in Bern”
Review of Old Town Bern

Old Town Bern
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$105.15*
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2-Hour Private Bern City Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Bern
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“throttle down and relax in Bern”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

pedestrians in Bern are said to promenade slower than anywhere else in Switzerland. The town invites to window shopping, strolling through the 17th century arcades, dipping into a bar every now and then (there are some nice underground cellar bars and all the outdoor cafes are great as well). I love to bring visitors up the Muenster (cathedral) to the tip, down the Junkerngasse past the ghost mansion to the bear pits (or take the old elevator down to the Matte, stroll back up to the Ratshause (town hall) and then - a must - book a tour of the clock tower. This is a real must seeing a medivial "computer" in action. Pass by the Kindlifresser-fountain and tell a story of its origins, and walk to the Bundeshaus (and book a visit there, too, they explain the unique political system of Switzerland quite well). in summer, take your swimming trunks along for a dip in the Aar at the Marzili outdoor swimming pools and then hitch a ride back up the hill with the little red funiculaire (the Marzili-Bähnli). In the evening, go for a fondue in the restaurant Harmony - old-style Bernese restaurant with lots of charm... but there are lots of restaurants worth visiting, too.

enjoy!

Visited March 2014
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“Wonderful scenery”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Taking a panorama photo on the mountain is a good choice. You can see the whole old town inculding the bridge.

Visited April 2014
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Hudson, Canada
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“Nice little town”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Old architecture and nice markets. If you're visiting bern, go to "Gurten" it's the hill on which you can either walk up or take the train/ gondola thing. Once up there you will be getting a look over the whole Bern region, including the alps.

Visited February 2014
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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“Perhaps the most beautiful capital in Europe?”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

The Altstadt in Bern has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, and it's not hard to see why. Beautiful cobbled streets, unspoilt old architecture, and beautiful buildings such as the Clock Tower, Cathedral and Parliament Building combined with traffic-free streets make Bern perhaps the most attractive capital city in Europe. The notorious Swiss cost of living can make a trip to Bern expensive, but I found it well worth the cost.

Visited March 2014
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Zaventem, Belgium
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“Old Bern”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Bern is a very interesting town. It's rightly protected as UNESCO World Heritage. You can simply walk through the (almost traffic-free) streets, while you look at the interesting old buildings and the numerous shops.

Visited March 2014
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