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

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…
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…
Cathedral in Bern

Münster

Bern’s 15th-century Gothic cathedral boasts Switzerland’s loftiest spire (100m); climb the 344-step spiral staircase for vertiginous views. Coming down, stop by the Upper Bells (1356), rung at 11am, noon and 3pm dai…
Museum in Bern

Kindermuseum Creaviva

Inside the Zentrum Paul Klee, 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…
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…
Animal Sanctuary in Bern

Bären Park

A popular etymological theory is that Bern got its name from the bear (Bär in German), when the city’s founder, Berthold V, duke of Zähringen, snagged one here on a hunting spree. To the dismay of some, there was st…
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…
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…
Museum in Bern

Kunstmuseum

Bern's Museum of Fine Arts houses Switzerland’s oldest permanent collection, ranging from an exquisite early Renaissance Madonna and Child by Fra Angelico to 19th- and 20th-century works by the likes of Hodler, Mone…