The area called Helvetiaplatz is home to a number of museums, the pick of which is probably the Historisches Museum Bern . Tapestries,...
Scenic bike paths on the riverside and in the Bernese hills are plentiful; free bike hire is available.
Some 3km south of town is Gurten Hill, whose peak boasts a couple of restaurants, a miniature railway, fun trails for bikers, a summer...
Plum by the water in the increasingly hip Matte quarter, Bern’s monumental 19th-century corn house throbs with mainstream hits and a...
This vegetarian buffet restaurant inside the train station is just the ticket for a quick healthy meal, any time of day. Serve...
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Home of the Swiss Federal Assembly, the Bundeshäuser, built in Florentine style in 1902, contain statues of the nation’s founding fathers, a stained-glass dome adorned with cantonal emblems and a 214-bulb chandelier. When the parliament is in recess, there are 45-minute tours . During parliamentary sessions, watch from the public gallery. Bring official ID to get in.
On the vast square in front of parliament spout 26 illuminated water jets , representing every Swiss canton. The perfect playground for kids in warmer weather, the square gently hums with city dwellers hanging out – plop yourself down on the pavement and do the same.