Attractions

Top Choice Tower in Bern

Zytglogge

Bern’s most famous Old Town sight, this ornate clock tower once formed part of the city’s western gate (1191–1256). Crowds congregate to watch its revolving figures twirl at four minutes before the hour, after which…
Top Choice Museum in Bern

Historisches Museum Bern

Tapestries, diptychs and other treasures vividly illustrate Bernese history from the Stone Age to the 20th century in this marvellous castle-like edifice, the best of several museums surrounding Helvetiaplatz. The h…
Top Choice Museum in Bern

Zentrum Paul Klee

Bern’s answer to the Guggenheim, Renzo Piano’s architecturally bold 150m-long wave-like edifice houses an exhibition space that showcases rotating works from Paul Klee’s prodigious and often playful career. Interact…
Historic Building in Bern

Bundeshaus

Home of the Swiss Federal Assembly, the Florentine-style Bundeshaus (1902) contains statues of the nation’s founding fathers, a stained-glass dome adorned with cantonal emblems and a 214-bulb chandelier. When parlia…
Museum in Bern

Museum für Kommunikation

Bern's Communications Museum houses items such as antique phones and stamps as well as an entertaining historical retrospective on computers.
Museum in Bern

Naturhistorisches Museum

The Natural History Museum near Helvetiaplatz features the famous moth-eaten and taxidermied remains of Barry, a 19th-century St Bernard rescue dog. A new exhibit, opened in 2014, traces the history of St Bernard do…
Gardens in Bern

University Botanical Garden

A flight of steps leads from the northern end of Lorrainebrücke to the University Botanical Garden, a riverside garden with plenty of green specimens to admire and a couple of greenhouses.
Museum in Bern

Kindermuseum Creaviva

The fun-packed Kindermuseum Creaviva lets kids experiment with hands-on art exhibits or create original artwork with the atelier’s materials during the weekend Five Franc Studio. Bus 12 runs from Bubenbergplatz dire…
Museum in Bern

Schweizerisches Alpines Museum

The Swiss Alpine Museum hosts special exhibitions; its permanent collection of relief maps and Alpine mountaineering exhibits are kept under wraps.
Museum in Bern

Einstein-Haus Bern

Housed in the humble apartment that Einstein shared with his young family while working at the Bern patent office, this small museum includes a 20-minute biographical film telling Einstein's life story. Displays tra…