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Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

1. Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls. For over 600 years, the clock has struck on the hour. Inside, time seems to stand still and cool solitude awaits. The reliable ticks of the Middle Age technology impart a steadiness to visitors. Approximately 130 steps to the top of the spiral staircase lead you to a lookout platform. From here, see the roofs of the old city and maybe even the Alps. Visit the clockwork with your guide and follow the puppet show step by step until the famous rooster crows.

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Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

2. Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

On this 90-minute stroll through Bern’s Old Town, your local guide will tell you about the city‘s 8 centuries of history. On rainy days, you can still enjoy this atmospheric area, as the arcades provide shelter. Admire the late Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and rendering of the Last Judgment. See the 13th-century Clock Tower (Zytglogge), where you can watch the fascinating show that happens on the hour. Who knows, you might even meet up with a member of the Federal Council in front of the Parliament building! Come along and discover the charms of the Swiss capital and this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a pleasant and leisurely walk.

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From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

3. From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

Enjoy a small group tour of the Swiss capital of Berne, with round-trip transfers by air-conditioned minibus from either Zurich or Lucerne. Drive along scenic roads through stunning landscapes, and get a flavor of the rural highlights of the Entlebuch Valley (Switzerland's first UNESCO Biosphere) and Emmental Valley. See some of the many farms scattered across the pristine moors and Alpine pastures. Cross the border to the idyllic Emmental Valley to reach Trubschachen. Here, enjoy a biscuit tasting at the Kambly Experience and discover the origins of Switzerland's best-known premium biscuit brand. Learn the fine art of biscuit making and watch master confectioners at work. Indulge in the unique flavors of Kambly's biscuits, tasting as many of the tantalizing varieties as you like. Continue through typical Bernese back country en route to the capital. Upon arrival in Berne, burn off some calories on an informative walking tour of the charming Old Town. Marvel at the late Gothic architecture of the cathedral (Münster). Stroll under characteristic arcades to the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). Pay a visit to the Parliament building overlooking the beautiful River Aare. Then, enjoy some time at leisure for lunch (not included) and some souvenir shopping. Continue in the afternoon through the fascinating rural landscapes of the Emmental Valley. Admire the vast roofs that shelter prosperous Emmental farmhouses. Glory in the red of the geraniums in their windows. See grazing cows on green hills producing the best milk; the principal ingredient for Emmental cheese. Stop at the Emmentaler show dairy for the highlight of the day. Tour the show dairy on the audio-visual "King's Way" and learn more about the history of the world's most famous cheese. Marvel at the gigantic wheels of cheese in the impressive cellar before indulging your senses during a cheese tasting only an arm's length away from the master cheesemaker's workplace. Take a picture stop with amazing views over the gentle green hills of the Emmental to the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. After, drive back with a goodie bag full of Swiss delicacies collected at the visited attractions throughout the day.

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Bern Old City Walking Tour

4. Bern Old City Walking Tour

Learn the story of the capital of Switzerland and its most famous monuments on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic city center. See the large Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost) in the Old City (Altstadt), where the layout has remained unchanged for centuries. Walk along the Spitalgasse to arrive at the Baerenplatz, built during the 13th century expansion. Admire the government buildings of the Bundesplatz, where many Swiss banks are located, and see the oldest clock in Switzerland at the Zyttglogge. Get the chance to visit the Einstein House Museum, or climb the 344 stairs up the tower of Bern Cathedral. Look over the rooftops of the Old City on the banks of the Aare River with the snow-capped mountains of the Berner Oberland in the background. Discover the old Tramdepot brewery restaurant before ending in the Rosengarten, where the scent of more than 220 different species of roses is coupled with magnificent views of the city.

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Bern: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

5. Bern: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Experience an alternative side to the political city of Bern and immerse yourself in its booming artistic scene on this private tour with a local guide. Learn why thousands of art lovers from all over the globe flock to the city each year, attracted by the many cultural events or its rich atmosphere. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Bern and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the picturesque streets, admire impressive street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums, as well as hearing about several renowned artists such as Paul Klee and Markus Raetz and their connection to Bern. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical details of this multi-faceted Swiss city while diving into its art and culture from a local perspective.

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Bern: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

6. Bern: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Bern. Download the app onto your phone and explore Bern at your own pace. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Bern. Solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. The app includes facts and information about each location you stop at. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time.

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Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

7. Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

Discover Bern in a nutshell and learn about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation of the city of Bern during this 1-hour walking experience. This experience is offered by a private local guide. During your walk through Switzerland’s capital, you will learn all about the local lifestyle and politics. You will be able to attain insider tips about cafes, restaurants and bars to visit, plus how to make the most of the city’s nightlife. Walking through the wide, well-organised cobblestone streets, you will discover the city’s many well-known fountains. Discover the famous clock tower and parliament house and stroll on the beautiful paths next to Aare River. Learn about the history and culture of the city from a local who loves the city and wants you to love it too!

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Bern: Instagram Highlights Tour

8. Bern: Instagram Highlights Tour

Discover the most beautiful spots in Bern and get some great shots to upload on social media.   Take photos of the most unique places of Bern like Paul Klee Centre, the Zytglogge clock, or the Bundeshaus.  Visit places that are not too crowded and learn about the city from a local’s perspective.  Get useful tips from an on how to take the best photos with your phone or camera.

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Bern: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

9. Bern: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Bern's political, cultural and architectural history on a walking tour with a passionate local guide. Meet your guide at Loebegge and embark on a journey through various time periods and their corresponding architectural styles as you discover some of the city's most important buildings. Learn more about how Bern has developed over time and get off the beaten track as you visit churches and much more. Discover the history behind the unique Zytglogge and Bundeshaus as you encounter sites that a normal tour group would not visit. During the tour, benefit from the knowledge and experience of a local guide who will share with you insider tips and the city's best-kept secrets. Feel free to inform your guide of any particular interests or desires you may have as they will be happy to adjust the itinerary to your requirements.

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Bern: Photogenic Discovery Tour

10. Bern: Photogenic Discovery Tour

If you want to spice up your Instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, this is the tour for you. Your guide will show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Bern and guide you with some useful tips on how to take the best photos with your phone or camera. Stroll through the city and take photos of the most unique places of Bern, such as Paul Klee Centre, the clock, or the Bundeshaus. As you travel, you will also get to know more about my city and learn about its secrets from a local. Give your Insta feed an upgrade whilst learning about Bern. Make sure you don’t book this experience too late, as you don’t want to miss the golden hours for photography.

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What people are saying about Bern

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 287 reviews

Indispensable to be able to quickly understand the ins and outs of the city. Allows you to discover points and places that you would have ignored and be able to ask all the questions that interests you.

Very rhythmic activity with a passionate and fascinating guide! Really to do, because you will never be able to discover so many tiny but very interesting details.

A very nice lady was our guide. She was friendly and told us fascinating stories about Bern. Quality time.

Overall - amazing experience, very interesting, very educating, very well planned.

Super tour Fact filled Great views and plenty of time to enjoy them