Program - Sightseeing - Bern - Switzerland
Bern, the Captivating Capital of Switzerland

Wandering through the picture-postcard, Unesco World Heritage–listed Old Town, with its provincial, laid-back air, it's hard to believe that Bern (Berne in French) is the capital of Switzerland.

Bern’s flag-festooned, cobbled centre, rebuilt in distinctive grey-green sandstone after a devastating 1405 fire, is an aesthetic delight, with 6km of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars, and fantastical folk figures frolicking on 16th-century fountains. From the surrounding hills, you’re presented with an equally captivating picture of red roofs arrayed on a spit of land within a bend of the Aare River. Bern has been Switzerland’s capital city – and the center of its political activity – since 1848. Bern is truly unique as a capital city. Not only is it ideally located at the border between the German- and French-speaking parts of the country, but hardly any other city has its government within such close reach of the people. Switzerland practices a rare system of direct democracy.

In a nutshell, Bern seduces and surprises at every turn. Its museums are excellent, its drinking scene dynamic and its locals happy to switch from their famously lilting dialect to textbook French, High German or English – which all goes to show that there’s more to Bern than bureaucracy. the Swiss capital’s calming effect on visitors, transfer of knowledge from the university, and a free public transport ticket are just a few of the reasons for choosing Bern.

Whether yodeling, making your own cheese, or flag throwing, visitors to our region can experience authentic Swiss tradition up close against a breathtaking scenic backdrop.