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Winterthur Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Outbreak

Winterthur is a small city near Zurich in Switzerland and is about the 6th largest city in all of the country.  With around 100,000 people, it is small enough to have a town- like feel where the locals affectionately call it Winti.  Since Zurich is just about 30 km away, most people will stay out of that center to avoid the crowds.

Swiss Coronavirus since Reopening
127,042
Confirmed
2,147
Deaths
2
Deaths (24h)
1.7%
Deaths (%)
62,700
Recovered
1,000
Recovered (24h)
49.4%
Recovered (%)
62,195
Active
49.0%
Active (%)

In the late 19th and early 20th century, local companies such as Rieter and Sulzer turned the formally quiet little town into a booming industrial city with an incredible wealth and ever-growing workforce. Diesel engines built in Winterthur powered large ships on all seven seas, while Winterthur-built textile appliances were in service worldwide.

Swiss Coronavirus since Reopening
127,042
Confirmed
2,147
Deaths
2
Deaths (24h)
1.7%
Deaths (%)
62,700
Recovered
1,000
Recovered (24h)
49.4%
Recovered (%)
62,195
Active
49.0%
Active (%)

Starting in the 1970s and 80s, blue collar jobs started to be outsourced to countries with lower wages and unemployment rose in Winterthur. Factories were standing still and entire neighborhoods turned into “ghost towns”.

However, the IT and Telco boom as well as smart decisions by the local authorities have helped to redevelop those areas into new economy and urban lifestyle areas with many offices, restaurants, schools and even a go-kart racing track.

Winterthur has also positioned itself as a cultural city with many different museums, among them the Oskar Reinhart Museum am Römerholz exhibitioning modern art, the Technorama science center and the Fotostiftung Schweiz showing Swiss and European photography.

History and Geography

Winterthur has a strong Roman history that dates back to the 1st century.  It wasn’t until five hundred years later that modern buildings went up which in turn became the old city of Winti.  In 1,000 AD walls and a moat was built around the town with towers at the corners.  The Habsburg family aka Hapsburg, and one of the most influential European dynasties, came into power after the Kyburg counts ancestral lines died out.  By 1467 the Habsburgs, in need of cash, sold the entire city of Winterthur to Zurich. The country was ravaged by wars during the French Revolution but the tenacity of the Austrians meant that the French were defeated and kicked out.

In the 1930s, when the Great Depression really took hold, Winterthur suffered very badly since it had become an industrialized nation.  As with most industrial nations, it was the Second World War that put things to rights as the armed forces needed machines etc to fight the war.

Winterthur is around 440 meters above sea level in a sort of basin south east of the River Töss.  Another small river runs into the center of town which gives it its nickname ‘Eulach-City’.  It is surrounded by glaciers and mountains with more rivers nearby.

Best time to go to Winterthur

May to September is quite warm in Winterthur with temperatures in July touching 25°C (77°F) or more.  January and December are the coldest months in this part of the world with temperatures dropping to around 2°C (35°F). Wet days are quite likely, as it rains between twelve and fourteen days in each month throughout the year.

Getting Around in Winterthur

Getting around this city is very easy as the transport system is extremely well run.  It is only 18 minutes by train to Zurich so the attractions of the great city are well within reach.  The Swiss Rail Network carries more than 120,000 passengers per day so there are plenty of trains to access.  The regional train service is also efficient and well run so tourists can visit Konstanz, Romanshorn and other interesting places. With 9 stations around the city, visitors don’t have to look far to access the trains.  There are buses and trolley buses to choose from, including five regional bus lines.

Car hire is available but can be quite expensive plus, if the family is not going far, it is a much better deal to use public transport.  Taxis are also quite pricey but bicycles are quite popular in this part of the world.  Many companies around Winterthur will have them for hire.

By train

There are direct trains to Winterthur train station – from Zurich, Zurich AirportBerneGenevaSaint GallenSchaffhausenBasel and Munich. Winterthur is only 20 minutes away from Zurich or 15 minutes from the Zurich Airport.

Timetables

  • Swiss Federal Railway for national and international trains.
  • Public transportation company of the Canton Zurich (local buses, boats on the lake of Zurich, trains)

By car

Use the highway from Zurich, St.Gallen, Kreuzlingen or Schaffhausen.

Public Transport

On Public Transport in the canton of Zurich is useful information on getting around and what to do in the canton of Zurich. Use the Swiss Federal Railway Site for Public transport and its fares in Switzerland.

Local car rentals

  • There is Mietauto AG in Töss, take Bus 5 to the station “Schwimmbad”. The car rental is on the other side of the bridge.
  • Künzli Autovermietung AG at the railway station in Oberwinterthur
  • Hertz is right in the city centre at the Kasernengarage.
  • Miet-Transporter in Winterthur Hegi next by the MediaMarkt Shop (Hintermühlenstrasse 4, 8409 Winterthur)

Major Attractions and Sights in Winterthur

The Kunstmuseum – A great place for rainy days in the city, it houses a modern art collection that is renowned throughout Switzerland.  Find examples of cubism, contemporary art and retrospectives along with themed exhibitions at different times of the year.

Eulach Tunnels – Try a visit to the Eulach through the many tunnels which carries the river through the center of the city.  It is possible to travel through the city in the tunnels but those who are claustrophobic should avoid it for sure.

Rosengarten Park – A lovely place to just hang out for the day, it is full of roses and high above the city to give some wonderful views.  The Red Tower in the city is clearly visible from here so this is great for photographers.

The Red Tower – The tallest building in Winterthur, obviously named for the color of its construction materials. There’s a restaurant at the top offering fabulous views.

Fotomuseum Winterthur – This is an interesting place to visit for enthusiastic amateur photographers.  Try to get on the guided tour since this place is the center of excellence for Photography in Europe.  Visitors drop in here from all over the world which gives some indication of its importance.

On the Water – For quite cheap excursions, try jumping on a river bus or lake steamer just for the fun of it.  Although they are meant for commuters really, tourists can get a quick look at the waterfront along the Limmat River or out into the Zürichsee to Tiefenbrunnen.  Tourists can stop off at several points along the route.

The Lake Promenade – Popular with locals and visitors alike, this is a wonderful place for a love walk or picnic in the summer months.  There is a boardwalk which runs from three km towards Tiefenbrunnen.  Halfway along this boardwalk, there is a beautiful valley and meadow where people gather to have fun.

Polybahn Rail – This is a lovely old funicular railway up the steep hill called the Polybahn.  Start out from the tram station and go to ETH.  Or, if this is winter, try going for a ski by buying a combination snow and rail ticket or skipass to Flumserberg which is the largest ski resort in this area.

Street Entertainers – Wandering around the streets is an absolute dream in Winterthur in summer as they have lots of street singers and entertainers.  Look out for the Russians who can make more in one day here than they make in a whole month in their homeland.

Museum Pass – For museum addicts, there is a ticket which allows people to visit many museums on just one ticket.  The special pass also allows the visitor to use the museum bus as well to make it easy to get around a selection of museums in one day or spread over a longer period if necessary.  There is something for everyone in the museums of Winterthur and the different venues offer nature, art, technology and history in its wealth of exhibits.  Art lovers will have a great time as will those who are into science and all its wonders.  Indeed, the Winterthur Science Museum is the only one in Switzerland so it is very popular.  Called the Technorama, people get to play and touch the exhibits and interact with whatever is going on. Also look for the Münzkabinett which houses a beautiful collection of coins and medals from through the ages.

Alpamare Water Park – For kids who need to let off steam, and adults as well if the fancy takes them, then a trip to this water park in Zurich is a must.  Less than twenty minutes on the train will give the family a whole wealth of fun.  There are pools, an almost five thousand feet slide and a rather breathtaking tubular ride called the Balla Balla.  For the adults, find a sauna and spa where they can relax while the kids are having fun.

Zurich Zoo – A great place for a day out and it is open every single day of the year.  There are many rare animals in the zoo and some of them are the only ones in Europe.  Staff members here are only too willing to talk about the animals and give out information and this could make it more interesting for the children.

Rheinfalls – A 45 minute train ride will take visitors to the beautiful Rhine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in all of Europe.

There are 17 museums in Winterthur.

  • Technorama – Swiss Science Centre10AM-5PMA good place to spend a rainy day with kids. Lots of hands-on experiments. It offers an experimental environment to improve visitors’ knowledge about natural phenomena in a self-directed way. There are over 500 exhibits respectively “experiment stations” and wide-ranging “laboratory facilities”. Technorama claims to be “one of the largest – and on account of its quality and its exemplary informal educational function – most renowned science centres in the world”.
  • The Oskar Reinhart Collection (Am Römerholz). Comprises around 200 works by European artists spanning the period from late Gothic to the threshold of modern art, with particular emphasis on 19th century French painting.
  • Castle KyburgA castle first mentioned in 1024 now showing how people lived there around said epoch.

Do

  • Lake ZurichBoat trips on this nearby lake are enjoyable.
  • CityStroll3English speaking tour through Winterthur including two bar stops. 25.
  • If you like football, go visit a home game of FC Winterthur at Schützenwiese, they have an nice stadium with still hand-operated result display.

Learn

The most famous school of Winterthur is the ZHAW – Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, which offers mostly technical courses. They also offer some limited language courses. Contact them on their website, if you’re interested in studying in Winterthur.

Shopping in Winterthur

Winterthur is not really a tourist like destination so whatever is on offer in the way of shops is more to serve the community than visitors but in the Old Town, you’ll find the largest pedestrian precinct in the entire country.  There are many designer shops intermingled with small specialist style shops which makes just hanging around window shopping a delight.

It would seem a shame to come to Switzerland and pass up on an opportunity to shop in a city like Zurich.  Not quite up to London or Paris standards, it is still a bustling city that has much to offer the visitor.  Bahnhofstrasse is probably one of the most expensive streets to shop on in the entire world so those who want to splash the cash should come here. Jewelry and watches are always a good buy in Switzerland as are designer clothes and chocolate.  Here too, find shops that sell tourist souvenirs and postcards to post home.  Look in the Meng Cutlery store for Swiss army knives as souvenirs or Teddy’s Souvenirs for the ubiquitous cow bells, music boxes and clocks for something that is quintessentially Swiss.

Eating Out in Winterthur

There is a small restaurant behind the station which serves up a Sri Lankan buffer every night.  During the day, find excellent value foods with ‘all you can eat’ offers available too.  Called the Vegi zur Waage, it only opens Monday to Friday.

For something typically Swiss, try the Walliser Kanne on Steinberggasse 25.  It has a lovely subdued style with classic furnishings and a cool atmosphere.  This restaurant closes on Sundays.

Again for something typically Swiss, try the Widder in Old Town since it serves up huge portions for good prices.  Décor is long tables with very loud music but it is a great place to meet the locals.

For a quick lunch, try the Obergass on the corner of Schulgasse.  Here people gather to chill out and eat, drink or just sit in the quiet atmosphere to read a book.  Vegetarians are catered for as well as meat eaters.

Take away food is available at Migros with cheap alternatives like noodles and salads etc.  Pizzas, sandwiches and the famous Swiss Wahe (pie) is available here which has an unusual sweet and salty taste or spicy touch.  There are other quick food joints like McDonalds etc here too so the kids will be well catered for.

Budget

Try the Migros Restaurant (nice Wintergarden) at the Neuwiesencenter or the Coop Restaurant in the Manor Shopping Center on the 2nd floor. Both are self-service and close to the railway station.

For Take-Away food, you can also go for Migros (same place as Restaurant) and have some salad or noodles, usually around Fr. 6. They have a small coffee there, in which you’re welcome to enjoy the food. They also offer Pizza, Sandwiches and other Food, like the famous Swiss “Wähe” (pie) with all kinds of taste, from sweet over salty to spicy. Give it a try, if you like some Swiss food, and not international fast-food. McDonalds, on the other side of the bus station right at the train station, offers you the usual food you’re used to everywhere. Keep in mind that a menu costs you somewhere between Fr. 11 to 14, so a visit in Migros Restaurant is usually cheaper. Different kebab take-away places, giving you a large variety of mostly Turkish specialities. For a regular “Döner Kebap”, you will pay somewhere between Fr. 7 and 8. If you like hot sandwiches, consider Papaya and Sandwiches Kandil, where you get a big, hand crafted one with your chosen ingredients for Fr. 10.

Mid-range

In the ancient part of the city, there are several good restaurants: TrübliRössliAkazieNationalStrauss (all with international kitchen). Swiss specialities are available in Walliser Kanne (Fondue, Raclette) and Sonne (Roesti).

  • Restaurant TandoorSchützenstrasse 43Best Indian food at very affordable price. Don’t forget to order Tandoori chicken.

Splurge

Schloss Wülflingen, Taggenberg

Nightlife in Winterthur

There are plenty of places for eating and drinking in Winterthur.  Even those who are on a tight budget will find somewhere to eat etc.  Around the main railway station there are plenty of bars which open all through the night with live music being played at some.  There are some less than savory bars too and these should be avoided if possible.

The Albani on Steinberggasse 16 is in the Old Town and has guest DJs with live music on occasions.  Some of the headliners that have appeared here are Sheryl Crow and Pearl Jam so look out for the program.

Also try the Gotthard opposite the station for a 24 hour bar full of young and friendly people during the day and a much darker crowd at night!  Although not typically the place for wild happenings it is a place to have fun with the locals.

Just five minutes from the station is Paddy O’Brien’s, a good Irish pub with a minimum of twelve different keg beers on offer.  The Dubliners have appeared here so it is quite a lively place to spend the evening.

For those who like artists and all that come with them, try the Kraftfeld in the industrial section of the city.  This is an artist’s kind of community that has good DJ nights with experimental music plus concerts, poetry readings and films etc.

Lastly, for some extremely tasty cocktails, try out Fahrenheit on Steinberggasse 65.  They serve up food during the day, including veggie meals, but it does tend to get crowded at weekends.

  • plan bZuercherstrasse 7, 8400 Winterthur.  Stylish bar close to the mainstation.
  • FahrenheitSteinberggasse 65, 8400 Winterthur.  Modern bar. Best cocktails in town. Try their whisky sour! Food at lunchtime, good vegetarian meals. Very good tea. Come early at weekends.
  • Archbar (Archstrasse 2 8400 Winterthur).

Of local interest

In summer there is a chance to see various artists performing on the Summer Stage.  There will be theater shows or, when there is nothing booked, a chance to buy fresh flowers and other knick knacks from this same venue.

One of the largest open air concerts playing techno style music in Europe happens with the Streetparade.  Always on the second Saturday in August, trucks park up around the lake and line up their sound systems to have a blast.  Expect to mingle with around 1 million people though as they come to dance and listen to the music festival of the year.  Although the official event comes to an end, those who want to carry on go right through the night and on through the next day.

Telecommunications in Winterthur

  • Stadtbibliothek am Kirchplatz (City Library), Obere Kirchgasse 6. Some PC’s with free access to the Internet. Lots of magazines and newspapers.

Go next

  • Rhine FallsEurope’s largest waterfall. Take train S33 (Winterthur-Schaffhausen), it takes about 30 minutes. From Easter to end of October get off the train at ‘Schloss Laufen’ otherwise leave the train at ‘Neuhausen’. 

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Already eleven Corona Infections at the Pope’s Swiss Guard

In the Vatican, seven other members of the pope’s Swiss Guard tested positive for the corona virus . This increased the number of demonstrably infected guardsmen to eleven, as the Swiss Guard announced on Thursday. All infected people had been isolated, the message said. The brightly uniformed guards protect Pope Francis and his residence.

A major corona outbreak among the guards could therefore also be dangerous for the Pope, 83 years of age belongs to the risk group. The Argentinean pope had part of his right lung removed at the age of 21 due to severe pneumonia but he is considered relatively healthy for his age.

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The day before there were 700 new cases.

The number was last in April at more than 1000 cases.

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Bern Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Outbreak

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Although Berne (German: Bern) is the seat of most of the institutions of the Swiss confederation, this is only a small to medium sized city with a population of about 130,000 in the city proper and roughly 350,000 in the urban agglomeration. It sits on a peninsula formed by the meandering turns of the river Aare. The remarkable design coherence of Berne’s old town has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has 6.4 km (4 miles) of arcaded walkways along streets decked out with fountains and clock-towers.

Swiss Coronavirus since Reopening
127,042
Confirmed
2,147
Deaths
2
Deaths (24h)
1.7%
Deaths (%)
62,700
Recovered
1,000
Recovered (24h)
49.4%
Recovered (%)
62,195
Active
49.0%
Active (%)

There are Tourist Information Centres outside the main railway station, and in the Old Tram Depot next to the Bear Pit.

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It was founded by Duke Berthold V von Zähringen in 1191, and formed part of the Holy Roman Empire. It later became the largest independent city state north of the Alps. It joined the Swiss Confederation in 1353, and in 1848, it became the capital of Switzerland.

It has managed to successfully retain a lot of its historic features, and its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Swiss government sits here, and the Houses of Parliament are open to visitors the majority of the time.

The town grew up around the Aare River on hilly ground, and so the city areas are on low ground along the river, and it spreads out onto higher ground. Bridges have been built across the river over the years to allow for expansion of the city.

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The city center has a unique mediaeval atmosphere and contains old fountains, narrow streets, and sandstone facades. The ancient bastions and entrenchments drop steeply down to the river.

The central location of Bern offers easy access to trips throughout Switzerland; but Bern itself offers more than enough to keep a holidaymaker busy.

Bern was founded in 1191 by Duke Berthold V von Zähringen and was part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was made a free imperial city by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in 1218 after Berthold died without an heir.

In 1353 Berne joined the Swiss confederation. After conquering several rivals, Berne became the largest independent city state north of the Alps. It was occupied by French troops in 1798 during the French Revolutionary Wars, and was stripped of a large part of its territory. The city became the Swiss capital in 1848.

Bern was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships.

Best time to go

The best weather in Bern is between April and September. Late spring brings long days and good weather. The summer temperatures in August are pleasing. The summer weather is unpredictable though, so take your warm clothes. As the temperature peaks, so does the rainfall, so be prepared. But the rain is short-lived, and you can go about your visit after a short period. From July to mid-August are their holiday periods, so some of the smaller restaurants may be closed.

Getting Around in Bern

Get in

Situated in the middle of Switzerland, Berne is easy to reach from all parts of the country.

Fly to Berne

  • Bern-Belp Airport (10 km south of the city, off Hwy 8 west of river Aare). This airport is a small affair. Skywork used to be the main operator, with twin-prop flights to London City, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin-Tegel, Munich and Vienna, plus summer holiday destinations around the Med; however, it declared bankruptcy in August 2018. 

To reach the city take Bus 334 or 160 to Belp railway station (10 mins). Frequent S-bahn local trains connect Belp to Bern’s main station, 40 min altogether. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 05:10 and 23:10, with the first and last buses of the day running directly to Bern railway station. The transfer is free if you have booked accommodation in Bern, just show your confirmation letter; otherwise Fr. 7 each way.

A taxi to the city is about 40 Fr and takes 20 mins.

For better choice of flights, fly into Geneva , Zurich or Basel then take the train to Bern.

Travel by train to Bern

Berne is at the hub of the Swiss Federal Railway network. Express (InterCity) trains connect twice per hour to Geneva, Basel and Zurich as well as Zürich and Geneva airports. Hourly express trains connect to most other cities, including Interlaken, Brig, and Lucerne.

Bern Railway StationIn a mall surrounded by cafes and other shops. The info kiosk and main bank of ticket machines are at the back, beneath the big departures board.

For timetables and connections see Swiss Federal Railway. For best travel deals see the Swiss Travel Planner – walk-up full fare tickets are expensive.

Travel to Bern by car

Bern is easily reachable with the national motorway network from all directions and has several exits from motorways A1, A12 and A6.

Eurolines and Flixbus connect Bern to several European cities by bus.

Bern has a world-class public transportation system, with a choice of buses, trolleybuses, trams, and trains.

In the city center, on foot is the best way to see the sights close up, and for shopping and eating at the restaurants. Outside of the city center the tram is the best.

You can hire a bike for 4 hours for free, and thereafter pay a small fee per hour, from the main train station, or Zeughausgasse or Hirschengraben. You’ll need your passport or ID.

By train you can travel to the suburbs, and to other cities such as Fribourg or Biel, should you want to explore a little further.

If you have a car, be aware that free parking in the city centre is rare to find, and that the paid parking is quite expensive. If you’re visiting the city centre, it’s best to park at a ‘park and ride’ and take public transport into the centre, and walk to wherever you like from there.

If you prefer to take taxis, there are stands at the main train station, and some stands in the city centre.

Berne has an excellent public transportation system, with frequent local city services provided by trams, trolleybuses and buses, together with an S-Bahn rail system for longer journeys into the surrounding suburbs. Tickets are valid for all modes of transport within a given zone and time. The suburbs of Berne, Biel and Solothurn form a common public transport network named “Libero-Tarifverbund”. Tickets can be purchased as single ticket, saver ticket with six rides, day pass as well as weekly, monthly or yearly passes.

Tickets can be bought at vending machines at most stops, or with a smartphone using the SBB mobile app. They are valid for all modes of public transport within the zones they encompass. A ticket valid in the central urban zones (101, 102) for 60 minutes costs Fr. 4.60 (May 2016).

Since June 2014, all hotel accommodations in Bern include the “Bern-Ticket”, which allows the free use of public transport within the city (zones 100 and 101) for the duration of the stay, including the Gurten funicular and transfer from and to the airport.

By foot

The city centre of Berne is easily accessible by foot. The relatively small old town and the area around the main train station is best explored by walking.

By tram and bus

The bus and tram lines operated by Bernmobil are complemented with yellow Postauto bus lines connecting to the suburbs. Almost all lines are linked together at the main train station, and operate at intervals between 5 to 30 minutes.

  • Bernmobil.  Operator of the local tram and bus services, and provides timetables and other information on its web site or by telephone.

By rail

Berne’s S-Bahn rail system will take you to many places in the suburbs and to nearby cities like Biel, Thun, Fribourg or Solothurn.

  • S-Bahn Bern.  Web site in German only.

By car or motorbike

Like in most Swiss cities, parking space is rare and expensive. There are several paid parking stations, including at the main train station. As the city centre is quite small and all of the major attractions are within walking distance, it’s a good choice to park in a “park and ride” and take public transport to the centre of town. Using the car in the old town is very difficult and not recommended.

Motorbikers will find free dedicated parking spaces in several places around the perimeter of the old town, including near Waisenhausplatz and at the main train station.

By bike

Berne is a bike-friendly city, and most thoroughfares include dedicated bike lanes. There are a few challenging spots where bike traffic interweaves with motor traffic, but motorists are used to sharing the road with bikers and will normally pay attention. Because of the city’s topography, some stamina may be required, or an electric bike.

The local branch of the Swiss-wide bike sharing Publibike charges CHF 3 for the first 30 minutes. The formerly free local bike-share “Bern Rollt” has been terminated.

By taxi

Several taxi companies operate in Berne, including Nova Taxi (+41 31 331 33 13), Bären Taxi (+41 31 371 11 11) and Taxi Bern (+41 31 333 88 88). Taxis can be booked by phone, or at the main train station.

Major Attractions and Sights

There are 114 Swiss heritage sites of national significance in Bern, so it’s hard to miss a couple of them. The Old Town in its entirety is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few outside Old Town include: the Eidgenössisches Archiv für Denkmalpflege, the Kirchenfeld mansion district, the Swiss National Library, and the Historical Museum.

While strolling around, you’ll find eleven 16th century fountains. They are charming, and their colorful sculpted figures that adorn them are proof of the prosperity of the town in the Middle Ages. As recently as a hundred years ago, people gathered at them to gossip; today their crystal-clear water offers welcome refreshment to locals and visitors alike.

Be sure to visit the Zytglogge, or Clock Tower. Built around the turn of the 13th century, the animatronic technology is astounding for those times. Every hour on the hour, is displayed what the locals proudly tell you is the longest running act in show business. A few minutes before the hour, a song plays, accompanied by a jester drumming. On top of the hour, an old bearded king and some bears join in. The clock is so detailed that it also tells the day, the month, the phase of the moon, and the sign of the zodiac! You can take a free guided tour inside the tower to look at the mechanisms working from the inside. Book the tour at the tourist office.

Still in Old Town, the cathedral was begun in 1421 and is the tallest in Switzerland. The Holy Ghost Church is one of the largest Swiss Reformed churches in Switzerland.

In 2008, Old Town was given a new entrance, called the Baldachin. Reminiscent of the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Baldachin is a steel and glass construction, featuring an undulating glass roof, through which the Holy Ghost Church and the Citizens’ Hospital can be viewed whilst keeping the aesthetics.

The Rosengarten (rose garden) is a park that offers a great view over Old Town, and is a popular place for locals to go at lunchtime.

The bear is Bern’s heraldic animal, and legend goes that von Zähringen named the town for the first bear caught there. They take pride in the bear pit (Bärengraben), which has been there since the 16th century. There are currently four bears in an open-air enclosure. The facilities have recently been upgraded, and the bears can even swim in a section of the river. In summer the opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm, and 9am to 4pm in winter.

The Gurten Hill is just outside the city. It has a park, from where you can view both the city, and the Bernese Alps. It’s popular with the locals who like to play football, do a spot of sun tanning, or barbeque. It has hiking paths, a playground, and a restaurant. Entrance is free.

Swimming in the River Aare on a hot summer day is great recreation. There are public pools along the river which are free, so you can ‘land’ at one of them to have a shower afterwards.

If you’re into gambling the Grand Casino Bern offers black jack, poker, roulette and over 300 slot machines.

  • Berne Historical MuseumHelvetiaplatz 5.  Tu-Su 10:00-17:00Large historic museum, combining under one roof one of the country’s most important ethnographic collections together with the Bernese historical collections from prehistory to the present day. Adult Fr. 13; Fr. 18 including Einsteinhaus.
  • Bundeshaus (Federal Palace of Switzerland; Curia Confoederationis Helveticae), Bundesplatz 3Inaugurated in 1902, the Swiss Parliament building is a great dome separating the two chambers: the National Council and the Council of States. Free guided tour when Parliament is not in session (German Tu-Sa, English only Sa 14:00, book online). In session there are 25 spaces in the spectators’ gallery, no advance booking. For either, you need your passport. Free.
  • ZytgloggeIt has been a guard tower, and a prison for women convicted of having sex with priests, but since the 15th century, it’s been a clock tower with an elaborate astronomical clock. Hourly throughout the day, it puts on a great display of early animatronics. The show starts a few minutes before the hour with a little song and some drumming by a jester on top. On the hour, bears and an old bearded king get into the act. As well as the time, the clock shows the month, day, sign of the zodiac and phase of the moon. There are guided tours inside the tower that will let you have a look at the clockwork while the show is displayed outside. It can be booked at the tourist office and is definitely worth it if you love mechanics. Free.
  • EinsteinhausKramgasse 49 ,   Feb-Dec 10:00–17:00, closed JanSuppose a Bern Tram passed you at the speed of light, with Einstein peering out the window. While your own watch ticked on, his would appear stationary, and the tram’s mass and dimensions would distort. Most of us would just shrug at this and await the next tram. But Einstein realised that the same occurred if you were aboard the tram looking back at the tourist standing at the tram-stop. There could be no absolute reference point: all was relative. He also inferred an equivalence of acceleration and gravity, and of mass and energy, that totally rewrote the laws of what till then was a Newtonian universe.
    Einstein rented this flat 1903-05 with his first wife Mileva, during his years working at the Swiss patent office. (The day job helped, as many inventors were exploring telecomms, and the problem of synchronising processes many miles apart.) Their son Hans Albert was born here in 1904; their illegitimate daughter Lieserl (b. 1902) was given up for adoption and her fate is unknown. But above all Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity were born in this flat, which now displays photos and original documents from his life, work, and speeches. His writing desk overlooks the bustling street: trams rumble by, and the clock-tower tick-tocks, with a Swiss regularity that we now know to be deceptive.
     Adult Fr. 6, concessions Fr. 4.50.
  • Invasion of Berne – successful!As you explore, you may notice these small graffiti mosaics, in the style of Taito’s “Space Invaders”. There are some 29 in Bern, the work of an “Unidentified Free Artist”. They’ve appeared on the walls, bridges and roofs of many cities around the world, including Basel, Geneva and Lausanne. And still they come: “Game Not Over”. Consider buying a map and doing the space invader tour – though in midsummer 2018 the Invader’s online shop is closed.
  • Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts), Hodlerstrasse 12.  Tu 10:00-21:00, W-Su 10:00-17:00, closed MHuge collection including Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Hodler and Meret Oppenheim, and all the big names over eight centuries. Adult Fr. 10 permanent collection.
  • Swiss Alpine Museum (Alpines Museum), Helvetiaplatz 4.  Tu-Su 10:00-17:00A museum describing all aspects of the Swiss mountains: geology & tectonics, glaciers, weather, wildlife, agriculture & settlement, and alpinism and winter sports. With a large collection of artwork, e.g. paintings by Ferdinand Hodler. Adult Fr. 16.
  • Zentrum Paul KleeMonument im Fruchtland 3 (Trolleybus 12 to the end of the line).  Tu-Su 10:00–17:00The Centre is a modern building formed of three waves. The ground floor is a rotating exhibition drawn from some of Klee’s 4000 works – to Oct 2018 this is “Cosmos Klee”. Downstairs are other artists – to Oct 2018 this is Etal Adnam. Klee was celebrated for his “child’s view” of the world and his work is so accessible and fun, eg his wacky glove-puppets. A short walk across the adjacent park brings you to his grave. The Centre is included on the “Berne card” so you’ll recoup the Fr. 20 straight away. Adult Fr. 20, students Fr. 10, children 6-16 Fr. 7, families (1 adult + children 6-16) Fr. 27, families (2 adults + children 6-16) Fr. 40.

The view from Gurten Hill

  • Bear Pit (Bärengraben & BärenPark), Grosser Murisalder 6 (Foot of old town at Nydeggasse Bridge; trolleybus #12 towards Zentrum Paul Klee). Always open, but the bears hibernate Nov-MarRun as an outstation of the city’s Dählhölzli Zoo, the bear pit has a tunnel through to a bosky enclosure along the steep river bank, around which the bears can roam and swim. There are three: Finn (b 2020) is Daddy Bear, Björk (b 2020) is Mummy Bear, and Ursina (b 2020) is their daughter. Björk has been sterilised so there will be no more cubs: “More space for fewer animals” is the zoo’s motto. These are Eurasian brown bears, Ursus arctos arctos, with a round head and yellow-brown fur; they remain common in the wild in Central & East Europe.
    A second smaller pit is bare of bears but describes the history of the pits. Next to this is the Old Tram Depot, see “Eat”.
     Free.
  • Tierpark Dählhölzli (Zoo)Tierparkweg 1 (Bus 19 from main station to Tierpark).  Mar-Oct 08:30–19:00, Nov-Feb 09:00–17:00Berne’s zoo is along the Aare river, with many outdoor enclosures that incorporate the river. Adult Fr. 10, child 6-15 Fr. 6.
  • GurtenThe Gurten is a lovely hill just outside the city. It features a park and great view over the city on one side and a nice panorama of the Bernese alps on the other. The park is visited heavily by locals to play ball, to barbecue or to just lie in the sun. Tourists are not an unusual sight, though this little attraction is missed by most of the many that visit the city. Hiking paths lead in all directions and you will almost certainly stumble across some cows when walking around. A wooden look-out tower allows an even better panorama than that you would already have. If you get hungry or thirsty, a good budget restaurant service and self-service provides you with all you need. Families with children should not miss the cool playground. The Gurten can be easily reached with tram number 9 from the railway station in Berne in direction Wabern. Exit the tram at station Gurtenbahn and walk a few steps up the hill. Then take the Gurtenbahn, a panorama train that will bring you on top in just 5 minutes, round-trip tickets are Fr. 9 for adults or Fr. 4.50 for children (BernCard is valid), departure usually every 20 minutes depending on daytime. A club called up-town features various cultural events on weekends and once a year in summer national, European and a few international music stars (among others Alanis Morissette, Skin, Moloko and Jimmy Cliff in 2020) visit it for the Gurtenfestival, an open-air music festival. Gurten is a must see for everybody visiting the city for longer than a day. Free.
  • RosengartenLittle park with a splendid view over the old town. Situated close to the bear pits (follow the path that goes up the hill opposite the bear-pit-roundabout. Quite popular (and populated) during lunchtime. The Rosengarten can be easily reached by bus number 12 from the railway station in Berne in direction Zentrum Paul Klee.
  • Watch football soccer at BSC Young Boys, who play in the Swiss Super League, the top tier of Swiss football. They play at Stade de Suisse, capacity 32,000, 1 km north of city centre.
  • SC BernThe SCB is Berne’s ice-hockey team. The stadium is the second largest in Europe and is regularly sold out, producing an impressive atmosphere in the arena. It is also mentionable that the SC Bern boasts the highest average attendance outside the NHL. To get there, just take Tram Nr. 9 towards Guisanplatz and get off at the terminal stop.
  • Swimming in the river AareOn hot summer days, let yourself drift for a few kilometres in the river Aare. Good (and safe) stretches are between the Kornhausbridge and the public pool of the Lorraine (old fashioned swimming pool just next to the river) and between the Eichholz and the public pool of the Marzili. Other stretches such as swimming the bend around the old town (starting at the “Englische Anlagen” to the Lorraine) or the “Bremgartenschlaufe” are only to be done by good swimmers accompanied by experienced locals. Entrance to public pools is free of charge. This makes it a good idea to choose a swim that ends at a public pool so you can have a shower afterwards.

Events

  • GurtenfestivalIn July the Gurten hill is host for an open air festival with many national and international music acts. During these four days you will find a party crowd of up to 25,000 people on the hill day and night. 1-day pass: Fr. 75, 2 days: Fr. 115, 3 days: Fr. 155, 4 days: Fr. 195.
  • International Jazzfestival BernA jazz festival with international reputation is held in Berne every year since 1976.
  • Buskers BernSince a few years the annual street musician festival is taking place in the picturesque old town streets. You don’t need to buy a ticket but are encouraged to buy a festival pin or give donations to the musicians which come from all around the world.

Learn

Berne is home to the prestigious University of Berne which enrolls 17,431 students (2020). In addition, the city has the University of Applied Science also known as Berner Fachhochschule. There are also many vocational schools and offices of the Goethe Institute and the Alliance-Francaise (German and French cultural institutes).

Shopping in Bern

Bern boasts six kilometres of arcades, which represent the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenade in Europe. Westside shopping centre has 55 shops, restaurants, a cinema and a spa. There are other malls too, for all the regular merchandise.

At Beck Glatz Confiseur you can buy the Mandelbärli, or almond bear, which is a great Bern souvenir, and a speciality of the confectioner.
Bucherer is a world renowned jeweller founded in 1888. This traditional company specialises in the finest watches, clocks and jewellery.

On the Bundesplatz you’ll find the vegetable, fruit and flower markets, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and daily in summer. On the first Saturday of the month there is a craft market in front of the cathedral.

As with most other cities in Switzerland, store opening and closing hours in Berne are strictly regulated. All stores, including grocers, close by 18:30 or 19:00 from Monday to Friday, except on Thursdays when they remain open until 21:00. Aldi supermarkets are an exception, closing at 20:00 during the week. On Saturdays everything must close by 17:00. On Sundays, all stores are closed, except for those in the main railway station, which are open 7 days a week until about 22:00, and which include Migros and Coop supermarkets.

Rathausgasse and the streets parallel to it have any number of cute shops with an amazing range of handicraft and luxury goods. This is not the normal range of Swiss souvenir stuff, but really interesting things. There are a couple of worthy examples below, but the real pleasure is in spending a few hours (or days) exploring the arcades and vitrines.

  • YamatutiAarbergergasse 16-18.  M-W F 10:00–18:30, Th 10:00–21:00, Sa 10:00–17:00Unique toys and kitsch collectibles pack the walls of this cramped space.
  • Krompholz MusicEffingerstrasse 51, 3008 Bern (Visit website for which tram lines to take and the stops.) ,    Monday – Saturday 10:00–17:00The thing that makes this shop special is its huge collection of sheet music and English language music instruction materials. Pretty good CD section with lots of Swiss artists, both pop and folk.

There are several used book stores that carry cheap books in German, English and French:

  • Bücherbergwerk MonbijouMonbijoustrasse 16 (on the street through which tram line 9 descends from Hirschengraben near the main station, in the basement of the building marked SWICA).  Tu-F 10:00–17:00 and Sa 11:00–15:00The used bookstore of the Swiss Workers’ Aid Society.
  • Bücher-Brockenhaus BernRathausgasse 34 (in the old city between the Zytglogge and the Rathaus).  Tu-F 14:00–18:30, Sa 09:00–12:00, 14:00–16:00.

Eating Out in Bern

If you’re on a budget, the Beaulieu on Erlachstrasse is recommended; it’s a traditional restaurant that offers classic Bernese and Swiss cuisine at great prices. Its proximity to the university means it’s popular with the students, and is also popular with the local working population. If you prefer local to a tourist trap, this is the place to go and rub shoulders with the Bernese.

Equally good value is to be found at Suan Long, underneath the main train station. With fast service and a big variety of Chinese dishes, together with a wide vegetarian selection, this is the ideal eatery; especially if you’re waiting for a train.

For middle-of-the-road costs, try the Kornhaus, on the Kornhausplatz. This beautiful restaurant, as you can probably deduce, is in an old granary. It serves mostly Italian food, and your eyes will be wandering all around the restaurant, as it is covered with frescos of traditional Swiss scenes and historical events.

Also in the medium range is the Restaurant Muesmatt, on Freiestrasse. It was built in 1891 to service the steel workers at the Von Roll steelworks in Bern. The Von Roll buildings were converted into university lecture halls, and the brownstone houses around it now house students. This eatery offers fresh local organic produce, and has an outside terrace you can sit on, with great old oak trees offering shade. They serve the local Burgdorfer beer, and wifi is available.

If you prefer a scenic meal, try the Casino Restaurant on Herrengasse. It’s on the Aare River, and offers great views of the river and the mountains. The recommended dish is the pasta with mushrooms, and there’s a range of meat and fish dishes too.

If you’re in the mood to splurge, the place to be seen at is the Bellevue Palace, on the Kochergasse. It’s pricey, but if you go whilst parliament is in session, you might just come across the Swiss president eating his lunch there.

Also in the high price range is the Restaurant Rosengarten, which offers great views of the city.

Eating in Berne (or almost anywhere in Switzerland for that matter) can be an expensive proposition for foreign tourists. Be sure to “shop around” before deciding on a restaurant as many of them cater to foreign tourists (especially those serving traditional Swiss food) and have inflated their prices accordingly. Most Bernese natives prefer Italian, Asian, or other non-local cuisine so finding a traditional Swiss restaurant with acceptable prices can often be a daunting experience. Be patient and you will persevere without breaking the bank.

Budget

  • Suan LongRail City, underneath main station, Bern.  Low-priced Chinese meals, wide variety of dishes, including good vegetarian selection. Quick service and ideal if you’re waiting for a train. Especially recommended if you enjoy spicy food! Fr. 17-25.
  • BeaulieuErlachstrasse 3 ,  fax+41 31 305 86 55M-Th 08:00–11:30, F 08:00–00:30, Sa 10:00–22:00Old-fashioned restaurant serving traditional Swiss and Bernese cuisine at very affordable prices. Popular among students due to its situation close to the university; equally popular among the local workers. Definitely not a tourist restaurant—go here if you want to meet the Bernese among themselves.
  • Sous le Pont ,   Tu-F 11:30–14:30 and 18:00–00:00, Sa 19:00–00:00, Su 10:00–16:00A nice restaurant in the Reitschule complex which serves excellent dishes.
  • WäbereGerechtigkeitsgasse 68 ,  fax+41 31 312 20 67 Monday – Saturday 11:00–23:00Excellent soups, a good rendering of Swiss standards, such as cheese fondue, and an decent number of veggie choices. Many items available in half portions. Fr. 14-24.

Mid-range

  • Old Tram Depot (Altes Tramdepot), Grosser Muristalden (across bridge at east side of city centre, next to bear pit).  11:00-23:00The trams used to terminate here: nowadays it’s a trolleybus route. Good, hearty Swiss food. Range of dishes from budget price rösti to higher-priced meat specialities. On-site brewery with traditional beers available. Bench seating with great atmosphere. Fr. 20-40.
  • Café FédéralBärenplatz 31.  Stylish, modern atmosphere and international cuisine. Situated in front of the Bundeshaus, its popularity among politicians during the “Session” is legendary. Specializes in entrecôtes (a kind of steak), but has other dishes, including vegetarian ones.
  • Casino RestaurantHerrengasse 25 ,   At the shore of Aare river, with a view over the river and mountains on the South. Dishes include excellent pasta with mushrooms, fish, and meats, served throughout the day. . Fr. 25-45 a main dish.
  • KornhausKornhausplatz 18 ,  fax+41 31 327 72 71The room alone is worth a stop at this fabulously appointed mostly Italian restaurant. As one might guess from the name, the building was built for grain storage, but now features fresco paintings of traditional Swiss scenes, events from local history, and related characters. Fr. 26-45 for the main dish. Fr. 9-14 for appetizers..
  • SchmiedstubeSchmiedenplatz 5.   Monday – Saturday 08:30–23:30German, French, Italian, English and Spanish spoken. This traditional Swiss restaurant is well known for its typical dishes, such as Röschti, Cordon Bleu, Älplermakkaronen. It’s 90 m (300 ft) from the clock tower “Zytglogge”.
  • SchwellenmätteliDalmaziquai 11 ,   Terrace open M-Su 08:00–00:00A very nice restaurant at the side of the river Aare with a nice view on the Cathedral. Fr. 20-40 for a main dish.

Splurge

  • Bellevue PalaceKochergasse 3-5 ,  fax+41 31 47 43Stylish hotel and restaurant; has its price. Go there when the Parliament is in session, and you may very well see the president of Switzerland having lunch.
  • Restaurant RosengartenAlter Aargauerstalden 31b.  Upscale Swiss restaurant with amazing view over the city
  • Kursaal-Bern (Meridiano), Kornhausstrasse 3.  Tu-F 11:30–14:00, 18:00–00:00. Sa 18:00–24:00. Sunday & Monday closedThe Meridiano is famous far beyond the borders of Bern for its welcoming hospitality. And for its innovative cuisine – prepared to perfection by Chef de Cuisine Markus Arnold and his team. The restaurant has been awarded 16 Gault-millau points and one Michelin star. Guests are offered fine views extending over Bern and the surrounding scenic countryside. Fr. 20-76.

Nightlife in Bern

You absolutely have to try the Bern Pub Crawl! It happens on the first Friday of the month, and it’s free. Well, except for your drinks. Bern has a vibrant bar scene, and there’s no better way to get around to seeing the local bars, and making friends in fun places. Every hour, the group moves on to a new bar. You’ll meet both locals, and international travelers like yourself, and have a ball. Google them for details.

The Liquid Club is a high-tech venue. From where you’re sitting in the lounge, you look down through the glass floor onto the dance floor, which has a revolving stage in the centre of it. The club is used alternately as a disco, a reading room, a concert hall, and a theatre. Its clientele is trendy and chic.

Le ciel opened its doors in 2010, with Bob Sinclair as the DJ. DJs from the VIP ROOM Paris and Mansion Miami have also played there. The 250 square meter dance floor hosts mainly house and RnB, with a mix of party hits thrown in. A great place for partying.

Next to the clock tower you’ll find Du Théâtre, nicknamed the DüDü by the locals, is a trendy club that has both a bar and a lounge. The lounge has comfortable leather chairs and sofas, a fireplace and a glass roof. Famous DJs offer the latest in music; whether you’re sipping cocktails in the lounge or partying to the music, a good time can be had by all.

The Bern Theatre, known as Stadttheater Bern, is an opera house and theatre that has seen many great performances. If you would enjoy an evening of high European culture, check their itinerary to see what is on while you’re in the city.

Many Bernese will tell you that nightlife in Berne is not exactly what you might call stunning, but they’re probably comparing it to Zurich or Paris. There are quite a few good spots to hang out.

For a drink or two, there’s a wide choice of bars all over town. However, you might be disappointed with most central options as they tend to be annoyingly conventional, though there are an ample number of exceptions:

  • Du NordLorrainestrasse 2 (across Lorraine Bridge from the city centre).
  • Café KairoDammweg 43, 3013 BernAnother nice choice in the same area as Du Nord.
  • CubaKornhausplatz 14.  With Latin-influenced Cuba Bar next door.

Most of the towns cooler bars are around the main clubbing venues though. In the ancient Matte neighborhood, which is well worth a daytime visit too, you’ll find nightlife options for almost every taste.

  • DampfzentraleMarzilistrasse 47.  In this former electricity facility you’ll find an excellent restaurant and bar, along with lots of cultural pearls. They specialize in urban, jazzy, electronic music and dance performances. Definitely a gem!
  • PROGR_centre for cultural productionWaisenhausplatz 30/ Speichergasse 4.  Close to the Reithalle and even closer to the city centre, you will find the PROGR. More than 100 artists, dancers, actors and musician have their studios here. It’s large courtyard with the CaféBar Turnhalle is a real oasis. From September to June, they offer a cultural program with exhibitions of experimental and contemporary art, theatre, performance, lectures and regular concerts on Sunday nights (jazz- connected, world women voices).
  • ReitschuleNeubrückstrasse 8.  Next to the central train station is Berne’s most important centre for alternative culture. The huge brick building is visible from far, easy to recognize by its abundant graffiti art on the façade and roof. Reitschule has the status of an autonomous cultural centre, which means in firm language that it’s a no-police zone. This of course gives it a bit of an anarchist touch, a touch of “anything goes”. And indeed, anything does go: Reitschule features a theatre, a cinema, a women’s room and two concert/dancing venues, all dedicated entirely to alternative culture. Concerts included rjd2, Metalheadz and DJ Babu. The centre as a whole is a unique experience and a must-see for anyone who has an interest in contemporary urban culture.
  • Wasserwerk ClubThis is one of Berne’s traditional clubbing and concert venues for urban music. It actually features two parts: Sportwerk The very welcoming, smaller “Sportwerk”, which is open all week and free of charge, offers drinks, music, pool, snooker, darts, table soccer and flipper games as well as sport events on TV in a laid back, greenish atmosphere. The bigger part of the club, the actual “Wasserwerk” is open on weekends and features excellent djs and live concerts.

Of Local Interest

March sees Museums Night, which heralds the coming of spring. Bern’s museum’s doors stay open until the early hours of the morning and thousands stream through the doors. It’s a novel experience.

From March to May is the Bern Jazz Festival – drawing visitors from all over Switzerland as well as abroad, to the capital. It’s one of the most important traditional jazz events, and has been running since 1976.

May sees the Grand Prix – Switzerland’s largest racing event, and a top-notch spectacle with this historic town as a picturesque backdrop.

In June, you can enjoy the Bern Dance Festival; devoted to all types of dance. There are workshops, discussions, performances and exhibitions.

July hosts the Gurtenfestival, which is held on top of Gurten Hill. It goes on for four days, and features artists from the international music scene; tens of thousands attend, so it’s quite a party, both day and night.

In August is the Buskers Bern Street Festival. It is held on the streets of the Old Town at around 20 stops. The street musicians play mostly cabaret. It’s free, but you are encouraged to give donations to the musicians from all over the world; or at least to buy a festival pin.

In the second week of November the Queersicht is held, which is a gay and lesbian film festival.

The 4th Monday in November brings the Onion Market to the squares of the city centre. People start pouring in in the early morning hours, and by the end of it the squares are strewn with confetti. The stall holders display their wares, which include onion tarts, and onions plaited together. It’s a colorful celebration, and worth going to see.

Stay safe in Bern

Bern is a very safe place with nearly no violent crime. However, as it is the capital of Switzerland, it sees political demonstrations every few weeks on a variety of subjects, occasionally leading to police intervention.

The central railway station often hosts drunks and vagrants at night, which is a nuisance but in general not dangerous.

There has been a slight increase in violence from young people. Try to avoid groups of drunk teenagers that look suspicious and you should be fine.

While police officers in Bern will happily help you out if you are in trouble or need information, they are also known for approaching “suspicious” persons in order to check their papers. This procedure is annoying, but legal as you will probably have a hard time proving you were not acting suspicious. Carry a photocopy of your passport and your onward ticket with you, stay calm and polite and you won’t have much trouble.

Cope

Embassies & Consulates in Bern

  • FinlandWeltpoststrasse 4, 3015 Bern ,  fax+41 31 350 41 07 Monday to Friday 09:00–12:00.
  • The NetherlandsSeftigenstrasse 7 ,   Mo-Fr 8.30AM-12.30AM/1.30PM-5PM.

Go next

Berne is an ideal gateway to the Bernese Highlands. You can make day trips to beautiful locations like Spiez, Thun, Interlaken, Grindelwald and all the way up the Jungfrau to Jungfraujoch. Other pleasant day trips are to Biel, Fribourg and Gstaad.

Geneva, Basel and Zurich can easily be done as day-trips but deserve a longer stay.

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Chur is the capital of Graubünden in south-eastern Switzerland. Chur, situated in the Eastern Alps, is deemed to be the oldest city in Switzerland...

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Switzerland cancels all events with more than 1000 people due to coronavirus Covid-19

Bern – Because of the increasing number of coronavirus cases, Switzerland has until further notice canceled all major events with...

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These rules apply to holidaymakers in Switzerland

In Switzerland, many hotels remained open despite the corona pandemic, museums and restaurants are now welcoming visitors again and holidaymakers...

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Switzerland2 months ago

Uster Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Switzerland

Uster is a city near Zurich, Switzerland. Uster lies 350m above sea level, so it is just in the winter snow. Uster is...

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Switzerland2 months ago

Swiss Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats Charts, Curve Timeline

Swiss Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats Charts, Curve Timeline According to the Government in , has confirmed new Covid-19 infections within in...

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Switzerland2 months ago

St. Gallen Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Outbreak

Saint Gallen (St. Gallen, German: Sankt Gallen) is the main city of eastern Switzerland. For travellers, its main draw is the centuries old Abbey...

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Switzerland2 months ago

Ticino Canton Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Outbreak

Ticino is an Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. It is in the south of the country bordering Valais, Uri, Graubünden and...

Switzerland2 months ago

Koeniz Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Switzerland

The municipality of Koeniz sits adjacent to the Swiss capital Bern on the country’s southern border with Italy. Home to...

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Switzerland2 months ago

Ascona Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Outbreak Ticino

Ascona is a little city next to Locarno at the Lake Maggiore in Ticino. About Ascona Ascona was able to maintain its charm...

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