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It’s hard to believe that you are in a capital city as you wander entranced around the delightfully picturesque – and Unesco World Heritage-listed – Old Town of Bern.
It feels relaxed and care-free – not traits you’d usually associate with a capital city anywhere in the world. Except, of course, in Switzerland.
Switzerland has always been something of an enigma with its four languages, mysterious snow-capped landscapes and certain national eccentricities – cuckoo clocks, anyone?
Yet Bern is, perhaps the most enigmatic Swiss location of them all. And that’s what you can’t help but love about it.
Its cobbled centre is decorated by flags fluttering in the alpine breeze. The distinctive grey-green sandstone of its roads is flanked by four miles of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars. The almost fairy–tale atmosphere is enhanced by the statues of fantastical folk figures that festoon the 16th century fountains.
If you arrange car hire in Bern you’ll be able to drive up the surrounding hills to admire it from a distance – and it looks just as good. The sloped red roofing of the houses plays a sharp contrast to the lush greens of nearby fields and the blue of the Aare River that holds the city, as if in a crook of its arm.
And should you book your car rental in Bern there’s plenty to drive to around the town and a lot more besides in the Swiss countryside beyond.
If you’re flying to Bern you will land at Bern Airport, just 10 miles from the city. You can arrange your car hire in Bern with Expedia so that your chosen car is waiting for you as you stroll through the arrivals hall. Pick up the keys, jump in the car and Bern will be captivating you in no time at all.
If you have already arranged alternative transport from the airport it’s just as easy to book your car hire in Bern online with Expedia from a number of locations across the city.
We offer you the chance to find all the latest car hire deals in a single search. Your results can be easily sorted and filtered by price, location and car type.
To travel around in style, you may wish to select one of our executive cars or, if you are travelling on a budget, perhaps an economical mini–class car would suit? Families and larger group can select the comfort of an SUV to ensure that everyone can drive together while enjoying the scenic drives through the mountains.
If you’ve already seen the living symbols of Bern at the Bear Park, driven up for the unparalleled views of the city from its Rose Garden, felt dwarfed by the huge cathedral at Bern Münster and seen where Einstein was born, then may we suggest the following.
And then maybe its time to head out in that car!
It’s an hour and a half’s drive to Lucerne from Bern. And it’s worth every single minute!
You’ll arrive at a cobalt lake that’s ringed by mythic mountains. The Old Town is peppered by bridges, plazas, waterfront promenades and fringed by delightfully colourful houses.
There’s carnival festivities at Fasnacht, balmy weather in summer and golden hues in autumn – and for such a relaxing locale you’ll be surprised to find a rather vibrant nightlife that revolves around live music performances.
In the same amount of time from Bern, you could opt to travel instead to Lausanne. Here you will find yourself surrounded by vineyards that cling to the hillsides as they make their descent to pay homage to the gorgeous lake at their foot.
And at the lake’s shores is Lausanne. Lausanne is very aware of its reputation as Switzerland’s future – as it plays to the foil of Geneva’s reputation for heritage.
There’s an upbeat vibe in the air – helped on by its student population. This is the place to really get in the groove with the Swiss, but it still boasts an achingly beautiful Old Town and a clutch of fascinating museums.
To really feel what Lausanne is all about drive down to the hip neighbourhoods of Ouchy and Flon, with warehouse spaces which have been imaginatively refashioned to fit Lausanne’s zeitgeist.