Paul Klee Centre

Lonely Planet review

Bern’s answer to the Guggenheim, the architecturally bold Paul Klee Centre is an eye-catching 150m-long building filled with popular modern art. Renzo Piano’s curvaceous building swoops up and down like waves to create a trio of ‘hills’ in the agricultural landscape east of town.

The middle hill houses the main exhibition space, showcasing 4000 rotating works from Paul Klee’s prodigious and often- playful career. Interactive computer displays built into the seating mean you can get the low-down on all the Swiss-born artist’s major pieces, while music-driven audioguides take you on a one-hour DIY musical tour of his work. In the basement of another ‘hill’ is the fun-packed Kindermuseum Creaviva , an inspired children’s museum, where kids can experiment with hands-on art exhibits (included in admission price) or participate in the weekend Five Franc Studio , where young artists (and older ones too!) pay Sfr5 to work with the atelier’s materials and space and get to take their creations home with them.

In the museum grounds, a walk through fields takes visitors past a stream of modern and contemporary sculptures, including works by Yoko Ono and Sol Lewitt.

Take bus 12 from Bubenbergplatz to Zentrum Paul Klee (Sfr4). By car the museum is right next to the Bern-Ostring exit of the A6.