Behind the bears, in the tourist office, is this 20-minute multimedia show on Bern’s history in English, French, Spanish, Italian or...
The high point of the 15th-century Gothic cathedral is its lofty spire. At 100m, it’s Switzerland’s tallest, and those with enough...
The world’s most famous scientist developed his special theory of relativity in Bern in 1905. Find out more at the small museum inside...
Bern’s main techno venue with bar, club and occasional live music.
You might think that its location, right by the Bear Park, would make this place a tourist trap, but even locals recommend this...
Lonely Planet review
Bern sounds like it has something to do with bears, and indeed it does. Founded in 1191 by Berthold V, a powerful Duke of Zähringen, the city derived its name from his first hunting success in the area - a bear, or Bär in the local dialect. Today, there are still Bärengraben in the city, where five animals live. They're very cute and undoubtedly well cared for, but animal lovers might not approve.