Welcome to Bern

Bern’s flag-festooned, cobbled centre, rebuilt in distinctive grey-green sandstone after a devastating 1405 fire, is an aesthetic delight, with 6km of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars, and fantastical folk figures frolicking on 16th-century fountains. From the surrounding hills, you’re presented with an equally captivating picture of red roofs arrayed on a spit of land within a bend of the Aare River.

In a nutshell, Bern seduces and surprises at every turn. Its museums are excellent, its drinking scene dynamic and its locals happy to switch from their famously lilting dialect to textbook French, High German or English – which all goes to show that there’s more to Bern than bureaucracy.

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$152.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Bern Day Trip from Zurich

Depart Zurich by comfortable minivan and journey into the countryside. As you travel, listen to your guide share information about the region. Pass through Entlebuch Valley, a beautiful and scenic area that was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its moorlands and rich Alpine flora and fauna. Cross over into Trubschachen in the Upper Emmental Valley, which is noted for its lush green landscapes, clear streams and snow-capped mountains. Stop at the Kambly Experience, home to Switzerland’s premier biscuit producer. Discover how the sweet treats are made and taste several different biscuit varieties.Continue on to Bern, Switzerland’s medieval capital, which features a collection of pretty red-roofed buildings and cobbled streets. Wander around the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town with your guide, admiring picturesque local landmarks including the 328-foot (100-meter) spire of the Münster, Bern’s Cathedral. Take a look at the parliament building, which overlooks the River Aare. After the tour, spend some free time in Bern, during which you can eat lunch (own expense) or go shopping for souvenirs.Then it’s back to the bus for another drive into the heart of the Emmental, a patchwork of green pastures dotted with an occasional farmhouse. Visit an Emmental show dairy to learn more about the region’s famous cheese. Peer into the production hall and discover how Emmentaler AOP is made. Taste some of deliciously nutty dairy, before departing for Zurich, where your tour concludes.

$1448.61 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Switzerland 4-Day Tour from Zurich with Mt. Titlis Cable Car

On this 4-day round-trip journey from Zurich, venture to Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern, Gruyères, Geneva and Zermatt by comfortable coach or minivan, depending on the size of your group. Overnight accommodation, buffet breakfasts and one dinner are included, and for all other meals, your guide can offer recommendations on local restaurants and cafés.

$152.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Bern Full-Day Small-Group Tour with Dairy Visit from Lucerne

Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan in central Lucerne and journey out into the countryside to begin your tour. As you travel, listen as your guide talks of the region’s rich history and culture and enjoy stunning views of the scenic Entlebuch Valley — an area of unspoilt moorlands and Alpine pasture designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Head through Trubschachen in the Upper Emmental Valley and admire classic Swiss Alpine scenery such as crystal-clear streams and soaring, snow-capped mountains. Stop at the Kambly Experience — one of Switzerland’s biggest biscuit producers — and discover how the sweet treats are made. Enjoy a tasting session and sample several different biscuit varieties for yourself. Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern, the medieval capital of Switzerland. With pretty, red-roofed buildings and cobbled streets, Bern is considered by many to be Switzerland’s most attractive city. Explore Bern’s ancient Old Town with your guide and discover picturesque local landmarks including the 328-foot (100-meter) spire of Bern Minster. Discover top city attractions such as the imposing parliament building and the clock tower, and enjoy beautiful views over the Aare River. Afterward, enjoy a little free time in Bern to eat lunch (own expense) or shop for souvenirs. Back aboard your minivan, continue into the heart of Emmental, a patchwork of lush pastureland and traditional dairy farms nestled deep in the Swiss countryside. Visit an Emmental dairy with your guide and watch as the various ingredients are worked over by hand, and discover how Emmentaler AOP is made. At the end of your tour, sample some of deliciously nutty cheese before departing for Lucerne, where your tour concludes.

$1448.61 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Switzerland 4-Day Tour from Lucerne to Zurich with Mt. Titlis

Start your 4-day journey in Lucerne and venture to Interlaken, Bern, Gruyères, Geneva, Zermatt and Zurich. Travel by comfortable coach or minivan, depending on the size of your group. Overnight accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels is included, as well as buffet breakfasts and one dinner; for all other meals, your guide can offer suggestions on local restaurants.

$175.68 Private & Custom Tours

Bern Private Guided 4-Hour Walking Tour of Swiss Capital

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Old Town Bern, Bern, Bern Mittelland District, Canton of BernYour tour guide will await you at your hotel. After a short bus ride, your guide will show you one of the secrets of Bern: The gardens of Roses, which is know to be the best place to experience stunning views of the old town. Your guide will lead you the path down to the Bear Park, the place where you'll see the animal, that gives Bern it's name. You'll cross the Aare river and it's old bridge and enjoy the unique area of the arcades, where you'll explore a lot of small and curious shops, before continuing to the Town Hall. Your tour guide will show you the living place of Albert Einstein, the hidden alleyways between the buildings and can tell you stories about former live in the old town. On the way to the Federal Parliament, your tour guide will show you the Clock Tower and it's astronomical clock dating back from the early 15th century. The tour guide will show you the beautiful terraces of the of the Federal Parliament and the stunning view, that normally only the Swiss politicians have. On the way back, join your tour guide to visit the public square in front of the parliament building, where the water fountains symbolize the 26 cantons of Switzerland and try to pass them without getting wet!Your tour guide will show you the contrasts of Bern - the modern train station and its business park, next to the old houses of the city center. From the university terrace, you'll enjoy a stunning view over the city center with the Bernese Alps in the background. The tour concludes at the train station in Bern or your tour guide will bring you back to your hotel. Duration: 4 hours

$102.97 Private & Custom Tours

Bern 2-Hour Private Sightseeing Walking Tour with Guide

During your two hour walk through the picturesque city of Bern, an experienced guide will lead you through the city based on your wishes. The tour can be adapted to suit your needs and group. You can decide when and where you want to start the tour. Of course your guide will show you all major sights of the beautiful old town of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage. This includes the infamous watch tower, the bear park, the parliament building, the cathedral and the Einstein-House.Upon request you can also discover the lesser known places in Bern. Furthermore, you will hear background information about the city and the sights. Prior to your city tour, you can receive valuable advice about further trips and activities close to Bern or in Switzerland.