About Berne

The City of Berne is the capital of Switzerland and at the same time also the capital of the canton of Berne. With a population of 140,000 Berne is the fourth most populated city in Switzerland. The Berne agglomeration has a population of 330,000.

No other city in Switzerland offers such a wonderful wealth of culture, leisure and entertainment like Berne. Hurry and hectic are foreign words to the Bernese. In their city, people enjoy life and take time for what is really important. It's entirely easy to relax and enjoy oneself in the unique Old Town atmosphere.

The city was originally built on a hilly peninsula surrounded by the River Aare, but outgrew the natural boundaries by the 19th century. A number of bridges have been built to allow the city to expand beyond the Aare.

The structure of Berne's city centre is largely medieval and has been recognized in 1983 by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site. Perhaps its most famous sight is the Zytglogge (Bernese German for "Time Bell"), an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets. It also has an impressive 15th century Gothic cathedral (Münster) and a 15th-century town hall. Thanks to six kilometres (four miles) of arcades, the old town boasts one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe.

For more information regarding Berne contact:

Tourist Information
Bahnhofplatz 10a
3011 Berne

Water: Approximately 80 percent of Swiss drinking water comes from natural springs and groundwater, and the rest from lakes. Strict regulations concerning water and the quality have led to such positive development that in some places, you can drink straight out of the lake. Tap water is drinkable anywhere within Switzerland.

Transport: The local transport system in Berne is amazing. You can get almost anywhere at almost all times (from around 5am till midnight). Depending on where you want to go, you can either catch a tram and / or a bus.

From your very first overnight stay in a tourist accommodation in the city of Berne, you will receive a Berne Ticket for your whole stay, which lets you travel for free on public transport in the city centre. It also includes the famous Gurten funicular, the funicular Marzilibahn, and the elevator to the Cathedral Platform, as well as travel to and from Berne Airport. On your day of arrival, your reservation confirmation can be used as a transfer ticket from the station or the airport of Berne to your accommodation.

You will receive your Berne Ticket when you check in to your accommodation, and it is only valid if completed in full. Show the ticket to inspectors when requested.