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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo Exhibit
“Finn, Björk and Ursina are three brown bears that have been leaving in this park along the bank of Aare river since 2009. You will see them playing, climbing, catching fish or just relaxing and rolling in the grass.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Park
“With an amazing view of Bern, have lunch or dinner while you tour Bern or just stop for a drink and enjoy the city from above!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Nature
“for a nice walk along the river Aare - if you walk against the current you will end up in wonderful nature... If you walk with the current you'll arrive at the "Bärengraben" (yes, Bern has bears).”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very nice and authentic swiss food, also for vegetarians. With its own beer brewerie ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The national government building. You can even go inside and I think it's free, but you need to make a reservation/booking.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bus Line
“The Rose Garden is our favorite hang-out place in Bern. The explanation is easy: is one of the most beautiful parks in Bern and offers an unrivaled view over the rooftops of the historic Old Town, the Münster (Minster) and the loop in the Aare river. Located just 3 bus stops away from Victoria Platz with the bus 10. Our boys love to go there for an improvised football match in the grass, climb the trees, go to the playground or have a picnic. The restaurant is not bad either, although the food is not outstanding, is the perfect place to have a drink with the best views of the city. In summer our visits include a stop in the restaurant to buy some ice-cream and in winter, just to seat inside for a hot cocoa milk with the view, is worth a visit! If you were to see just one attraction while in Bern, this would definitely be my personal recommendation! Enchanting cherry blossoms in spring, around 250 types of blooming roses in summer, a riot of color in the fall, and the cozy fondue veranda at Restaurant Rosengarten during the winter months make a visit to the Rose Garden special no matter what the season. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“An old gym turned into one of my favourite locations in Bern. You can go there for lunch or dinner in their court, then stay and have drinks while the place turns into a club - or visit one of their many live events and discover the artists and cultural happenings in the other parts of the building surrounding the cozy and relaxed court”
  • 31 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Very nice musium if you are interested about Relativity theory and Einstein himself”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Looking for something a bit special...? Check out this chic Bar & Restaurant beneath the Kornhaus with it's high, vaulted ceilings. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Historic clockwork tower. Clockwork rings (view from the eastern side) every hour b the hour. Public viewings inside daily @ 1415 (20 CHF / person)”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“You can observe live bears right in the heart of the Swiss capital. The BearPark is home to Finn, Björk, and their daughter Ursina. The animals have been living in the new park along the bank of Aare since 2009. The new BearPark provides a landscape where the brown bears can climb, fish and play, but also just retreat and relax. It's also a perfect place to get some at the sun sitting next to the river Aare and if you like even cool your feet inside.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“Perfect for kids of all ages, interactive, hands on exhibits about communications and technology, don't miss this one if you have kids. Multiple language displays. We recommend 2-3 hours.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“You basically cannot miss Bern's Old City, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Visit its fountains, Zytglogge (watchtower) and the Münster (cathedral) and explore the late medieval and baroque architecture”
  • 20 locals recommend
Swiss Restaurant
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“If you are looking for swiss food this is a great place with a casual atmosphere. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“After visiting Bern's famous bears in the old part of the city you can take a stroll up to this restaurant for beautiful views over the whole city. This restaurant also has a great playground for children! Perfect place for families.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Der Natur auf der Spur Das Naturhistorische Museum Bern gehört zu den bedeutendsten Naturmuseen der Schweiz. In jüngerer Zeit hat sich Berns ältestes Museum einen Namen mit attraktiven thematischen Ausstellungen gemacht – wie der preisgekrönten «c’est la vie» oder der neuen Ausstellung «Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende». Zu den bekanntesten Objekten zählt Barry, der weltberühmte Rettungshund, dem das Haus eine eigene Ausstellung gewidmet hat. Einzigartig sind auch die beeindruckenden Riesenkristalle vom Planggenstock. Das NMBE ist ein ausgesprochens Familienmuseum mit vielen spannenden und lehrreichen Angeboten.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Park
“With an amazing view of Bern, have lunch or dinner while you tour Bern or just stop for a drink and enjoy the city from above!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very nice and authentic swiss food, also for vegetarians. With its own beer brewerie ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Looking for something a bit special...? Check out this chic Bar & Restaurant beneath the Kornhaus with it's high, vaulted ceilings. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Swiss Restaurant
“If you are looking for swiss food this is a great place with a casual atmosphere. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“ [ Deutsch] Spanisch angehauchte Café-Bar mit Tapas & nettem Aussenbereich. [English] Spanish tapas bar & café with nice outdoor seatings.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“nice cosy place to have some meal and enjoy the live music. Moderate priced. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pittaria is the one and only place to grab a real good, fresh falafel or halloumi sandwich. Right in Bern's student area, value for money. completely vegetatian space with vegan options”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This Restaurant is located directly next to the river and as a cause, offers a beautiful view and a unique atmosphere. Also nice to have an aperitif on sunny days. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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