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Top Choice Area in Bern

Berner Altstadt

Bern’s flag-bedecked medieval centre has 6km of covered arcades and cellar shops and bars descending from the streets. After a devastating fire in 1405, the wooden city was rebuilt in today’s sandstone. Bern’s clock…
Top Choice Museum in Bern

Museum für Kommunikation

Fresh from extensive renovation and expansion, Bern's Museum of Communication reopened its doors in August 2017. Occupying almost 2000 sq metres of exhibition space, it has cutting-edge interactive stations that exp…
Top Choice Tower in Bern


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 Swiss in Bern

Terrasse & Casa

Dubbed ‘Bern’s Riviera’, this twinset of eateries enjoys a blissful Aare-side setting. Terrasse is a glass shoebox with wooden decking over the water, sunloungers overlooking a weir (illuminated at night) and comfy …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Bern


Fine dining takes place beneath vaulted frescoed arches at Bern’s ornate former granary, now a stunning cellar restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. Beautiful people sip cocktails alongside historic stained-glas…
Top Choice Christmas Market in Bern

Berner Weihnachtsmarkt

Bern's Christmas Markets, held over the month of December in Waisenhausplatz and Münsterplatz, are a real treat, offering beautiful hand-made goods and the chance to warm your cockles over a glühwein or two.
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. Interac…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Bern


Part bar, part nightspot, part community arts centre that hosts frequent evening performances, Turnhalle also serves an excellent-value weekday lunch (dishes Sfr6 to Sfr8). The cafeteria-style offerings include main…
Top Choice Bar in Bern

Kapitel Bollwerk

Starting as a restaurant where businesspeople come for light, healthy lunches, this award-winning venue morphs by evening into a bar recognised around town for its savvy bartenders and unparalleled choice of cocktai…
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…