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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 Savoy Bern

Hotel Savoy Bern

Neuengasse 26, Bern
of 5, from 56 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old City 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 15 minutes.

Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole

Zeughausgasse 28, Bern
of 5, from 84 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old City 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.



Terrassenweg 104, Grindelwald
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. Grindelwald Grund Gondola and Pfingstegg Toboggan Run are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Schönbrunnen

Hotel Schönbrunnen

Schönbrunnen 4, Munchenbuchsee
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Munchenbuchsee, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, Bern Expo, and PostFinance Arena. Berner Munster and Paul Klee Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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 within 20 mi (32 km) of Spiez Castle and Blausee. Niesen and Elsigenalp - Metschalp Frutigen Ski Resort are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Hotel Interlaken

Hotel Interlaken

Höheweg 74, Interlaken
of 5, from 65 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Central Interlaken, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Interlaken Casino, Bodelibad, and Hoeheweg. Kletterhalle Interlaken and Kunsthaus Interlaken are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Moosegg

Hotel Moosegg

Moosegg 231a, Lauperswil
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Maislabyrinth Lützelflüh, Gotthelf Zentrum Emmental Luetzelflueh, and Trachselwald Castle. Museum Franz Gertsch and Burgdorf Castle are also within 12 mi (20 km).

The Cambrian

The Cambrian

Dorfstrasse 7, Adelboden
of 5, from 35 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Adelboden hotel is 18.9 mi (30.4 km) from Oeschinen Lake and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons.

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