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Bern

Explore the remarkable historic center, ornate with churches, museums and antique buildings, in this Swiss town just north of the Bernese Alps.

Bern is a Swiss city known for its fascinating historic center, a UNESCO site. Churches, museums and parks make up the charming city in northwest Switzerland, just north of the Bernese Alps. It is surrounded by serene landscape created by glaciers in the last Ice Age. The city itself is hilly and uneven, which adds to its old-world appeal. 

Make your way to the Bärengraben (Bear Pit) near the River Aar to see majestic animals in their enclosure. The smaller area holds adorable cubs. The bear has long been a symbol of Bern. The city’s name resembles the German word for “bear.” Legend has it that the city’s founder decided to name Bern after the first animal he discovered on a hunt.

At the Bern Historical Museum, browse extraordinary items from around the globe dating back thousands of years. Objects from the Stone Age until present day showcase a multitude of cultures. See wonders of the natural world at the Bern Natural History Museum, founded in 1832. Browse minerals, metals and life-sized preserved animals. 

Relax amid scenic flora at the Botanical Garden, an oasis of calm in the busy city center. Discover local plants and flowers as well as species from Asia and North America. The tropical section has banana and pineapple plants among other exotic flora.

Visit the Bundeshaus (Swiss Parliament) to learn about the city’s government and the history behind the architectural wonder. A guided tour of the iconic structure is available when parliament is not in session. Marvel at its elegant white-and-green façade, complete with arches, columns and domes. 

See the 13th-century medieval (Zeitglockenturm) Clock Tower. It has a rich history as a guard tower, then a prison and now a cultural landmark. In the Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum devoted to the artist of the same name, you’ll find almost several hundred works of art.

Bern’s summers are warm, while the area is often covered in snow in winter, making it a winter wonderland.


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Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole

Zeughausgasse 26, Bern
3.1
of 5, from 81 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bern, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of French Church, Bundeshaus, and Bern Art Museum. Clock Tower and Berner Munster are also within 10 minutes.

Bodmi

Bodmi

Terrassenweg 104, Grindelwald
3.7
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Grindelwald is within a 15-minute walk of First Cable Car, Pfingstegg Cable Car, and Sportzentrum Grindelwald. Gletscherschlucht and Oberer Gletscher are also within 10 minutes.

$166
Hotel Savoy Bern

Hotel Savoy Bern

Neuengasse 26, Bern
4.7
of 5, from 44 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bern, this hotel is steps from Wege zu Klee and Bern Art Museum. Bundeshaus and Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$133
ibis Styles Bern City

ibis Styles Bern City

Zieglerstrasse 66, Bern
3.9
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bern, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bundeshäuser, Bundeshaus, and Bern Art Museum. Clock Tower and Bern Historical Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$151
Best Western Hotelbern

Best Western Hotelbern

Zeughausgasse 9, Bern
3.9
of 5, from 101 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bern, this hotel is steps from French Church and Clock Tower. Bundeshaus and Bern Art Museum are also within 5 minutes.

$244
City Oberland Swiss Quality Hotel

City Oberland Swiss Quality Hotel

Hoheweg 7, Interlaken
3.8
of 5, from 42 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Interlaken hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hoeheweg, Kletterhalle Interlaken, and Kunsthaus Interlaken. Interlaken Casino and Alpine Garden are also within 10 minutes.

Griesalp Hotels

Griesalp Hotels

Griesalp 5, Reichenbach im Kandertal
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Reichenbach im Kandertal, this hotel is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) from Tropic House and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Gemmi Pass. Spiez Castle and Niesen are also within 20 mi (32 km).

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