Bern Stadt

Bern City

Old Town scenery, it isn't hard to let go and have fun. The Old Town of Bern has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. Since its foundation in 1191, the Swiss capital has sat majestically in the Aare loop. The regular layout of the streets has remained unchanged. This historical city is dominated by well-preserved sandstone facades and unique rooftops. Eleven beautiful fountains with statues (16th C.) and the Gothic cathedral complete the impressive picture. Six kilometre long arcades line the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site and give you a special kind of shopping experience. Bern thus has one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe. Every Tuesday and Saturdays there are colourful markets with fresh vegetables, flowers, and meat products at Bundesplatz and Münsterplatz. With the construction of two impressive large buildings, Bern locals also show their interest in contemporary architecture. The Zentrum Paul Klee (2005), which was created by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is considered an architectural masterpiece that embeds itself in an impressive manner in the surrounding nature. Another highlight is the leisure and shopping centre Westside (2008), which entices visitors with its unique architecture. American architect Daniel Libeskind has created an extraordinary world of experience, where wellness, events, and shopping are harmoniously merged under one roof.

HIGHLIGHTS

Bären Park, Clock Tower (Zytglogge), Bern Cathedral, the Old Town with its arcades, Paul Klee Centre

EVENTS

International Jazz Festival, Berner Fasnacht, the Onion Market, Busters