Bern, the federal capital, is situated in the heart of Switzerland,
which in turn lies at the center of Europe. Thanks to its central
location, Bern is easily accessible and a favorite starting point for
trips and excursions to the Alps, the Bernese Oberland, the Swiss
Mittelland (Emmental, Seeland), the Jura, Lake Geneva and its
surroundings, the Swiss interior and the Valais. An additional
attraction of Bern as your base is that it is possible to discover
virtually the whole of Switzerland on a day or half-day excursion.
The Old Town of Bern has been featured in the list of UNESCO World
Heritage Sites since 1983. Take a look round this fabulous cultural
site and enjoy the charm of the covered arcades, cobbled streets and
The main shopping streets in Bern, Spital- and
Marktgasse, are right in the centre of the Old Town of Bern. Thanks to
6 km of arcades, Bern has one of the longest covered shopping
promenades in Europe. Shopping in Bern is especially enjoyable on bad-weather-days, because you're protected by the covered arcades.
Bern Tourism sets the trends and is proud to
present you with a selection of all-year top events. Whether your
preference is for an atmospheric festival, a fiery dance show or a
sporting event, there's bound to be something going on that's just
right for you!