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Our most recommended Bern Tours

  • Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

    1. Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

    On this 90-minute stroll through Bern’s Old Town, your local guide will tell you about the city‘s 8 centuries of history. On rainy days, you can still enjoy this atmospheric area, as the arcades provide shelter. Admire the late Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and rendering of the Last Judgment. See the 13th-century Clock Tower (Zytglogge), where you can watch the fascinating show that happens on the hour. Who knows, you might even meet up with a member of the Federal Council in front of the Parliament building! Come along and discover the charms of the Swiss capital and this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a pleasant and leisurely walk.

    Wonderful walking tour through the old town. Our guide Carmen was very knowledgeable and personable. She was a pleasure to have as a guide.

  • Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

    2. Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

    Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls. For over 600 years, the clock has struck on the hour. Inside, time seems to stand still and cool solitude awaits. The reliable ticks of the Middle Age technology impart a steadiness to visitors. Approximately 130 steps to the top of the spiral staircase lead you to a lookout platform. From here, see the roofs of the old city and maybe even the Alps. Visit the clockwork with your guide and follow the puppet show step by step until the famous rooster crows.

    Overall - amazing experience, very interesting, very educating, very well planned.

  • Bern: Tour with iPod Audio Guide

    3. Bern: Tour with iPod Audio Guide

    The iPod audio guide is a kind of personal tour guide. It will lead you through the city, to Bern's most beautiful spots and tell you everything you need to know about this UNESCO World Heritage Site through words and pictures. Enjoy this small multimedia experience and discover Bern in a unique way. Choose from two organized routes. Precise directions will lead you directly to the landmarks, while music by famous artists from Bern provide the soundtrack to your tour. This way of touring presents an all-encompassing experience of the Swiss capital; experience the real characteristics of Bern. Begin the tour at any time you choose and take breaks whenever you want. Follow the outlined routes or pick specific sights you want to see. The iPod Audio Guide is available from Bern Tourismus — the Tourist Information Center at Bahnhof Bern — and at Bärenpark. Leave a deposit, rent an audio g...

    The narrative is excellent. The iPod is old and hard to see the pictures. But overall a much better experience than walking with a group on a fixed schedule.

  • From Zürich: Round-Trip Private Guided Glacier Express Tour

    4. From Zürich: Round-Trip Private Guided Glacier Express Tour

    Meet your tour guide at a pre-arranged time in the lobby of your hotel. Your guide will transfer you to the train station in Zürich, where you will board an intercity train. This will take you along Lake Zürich to the south east of Switzerland. When you arrive in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, you will have the opportunity for a short walk around, schedule times depending. Back at the train station, you will take your seat in the panoramic train. The train departs at approximately 11:45 AM. Pass through the famous Rhine gorge heading to Disentis, listening to audio comments on a headset. Simply ask your guide about availability. In Disentis, the train will start to climb to 2033m above sea level into a rough alpine landscape. After passing a lighthouse, the train will begin its descent on a steep track down to Andermatt, a village 1400m above sea level. The train will stop in An...

    This tour is good enough to follow self guide. Just get the tickets online and follow the schedule. Make sure you know which glacier express route you wanted to see. I made a mistake thinking that the tour will go all the way to Zermatt but the route I purchased stopped at Bern. So, it was quite a disappointment. Our apple pie was not served in the train but was packed up because the cafe forgot to serve us on time.

  • Bern Old City Walking Tour

    5. Bern Old City Walking Tour

    Learn the story of the capital of Switzerland and its most famous monuments on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic city center. See the large Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost) in the Old City (Altstadt), where the layout has remained unchanged for centuries. Walk along the Spitalgasse to arrive at the Baerenplatz, built during the 13th century expansion. Admire the government buildings of the Bundesplatz, where many Swiss banks are located, and see the oldest clock in Switzerland at the Zyttglogge. Get the chance to visit the Einstein House Museum, or climb the 344 stairs up the tower of Bern Cathedral. Look over the rooftops of the Old City on the banks of the Aare River with the snow-capped mountains of the Berner Oberland in the background. Discover the old Tramdepot brewery restaurant before ending in the Rosengarten, where the scent of more than 220 different species...

  • From Bern: Zermatt, Matterhorn, and Gornergrat Private Tour

    6. From Bern: Zermatt, Matterhorn, and Gornergrat Private Tour

    Start the tour by meeting your tour guide at your hotel then make your way together to the train station in Bern. From there, board an intercity train for 2 hours to south-Switzerland and change onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Railway. After 50 minutes traveling through the valley, arrive in Zermatt and make your way to the historical part of the village. Stroll through the small streets and get information about the architecture of the wooden houses. Stop at the best photo point as your tour guide tells you the story of the climbers at Mount Matterhorn. See the cemetery for climbers and missing mountaineers. According to your preferences, stop for lunch in Zermatt or board the cogwheel train to Gornergrat. Ride the train up to 2800 m above sea level and admire the fantastical aerial views. Follow your guide to the scenic platform, where you will have a 360 degrees panoramas of Mount Matt...

  • From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

    7. From Zurich/Lucerne: Berne Capital and Countryside Day-Trip

    Enjoy a small group tour of the Swiss capital of Berne, with round-trip transfers by air-conditioned minibus from either Zurich or Lucerne. Drive along scenic roads through stunning landscapes, and get a flavor of the rural highlights of the Entlebuch Valley (Switzerland's first UNESCO Biosphere) and Emmental Valley. See some of the many farms scattered across the pristine moors and Alpine pastures. Cross the border to the idyllic Emmental Valley to reach Trubschachen. Here, enjoy a biscuit tasting at the Kambly Experience and discover the origins of Switzerland's best-known premium biscuit brand. Learn the fine art of biscuit making and watch master confectioners at work. Indulge in the unique flavors of Kambly's biscuits, tasting as many of the tantalizing varieties as you like. Continue through typical Bernese back country en route to the capital. Upon arrival in Berne, burn off som...

    Best thing about this tour that is for small group, which makes it easier to move around. Our guide, Aindreas, was very knowledgeable and gave many useful information and interesting background about Switzerland, its culture and towns. Bern is just a beautiful town with lots of character, countryside is breathtaking, Emmental and Kimberley visits were also fun.

  • From Bern: Jungfraujoch Private Day Tour

    8. From Bern: Jungfraujoch Private Day Tour

    Meet your guide at your hotel and make your way to the train station in Bern. Board an intercity train for 1 hour to Interlaken, where you will change onto a local train. After 20 minutes, arrive at Lauterbrunnen, a small village at the end of the valley. Ride the cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, passing Wengen, a small alpine town known for winter sports and the annual FIS Worldcup downhill race. At Keine Scheidegg, change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you to the top of the mountain. During the ride, the train will make a scenic stop in the middle of the tunnel, where you will have the opportunity to get off the train for 5 minutes. Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch at 11333 ft above sea level, take a 1-hour walking tour through the tunnel system. If the weather conditions are good, you may be able to see the Black Forest in Germany from the terrace. ...

  • Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

    9. Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

    Discover Bern in a nutshell and learn about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation of the city of Bern during this 1-hour walking experience. This experience is offered by a private local guide. During your walk through Switzerland’s capital, you will learn all about the local lifestyle and politics. You will be able to attain insider tips about cafes, restaurants and bars to visit, plus how to make the most of the city’s nightlife. Walking through the wide, well-organised cobblestone streets, you will discover the city’s many well-known fountains. Discover the famous clock tower and parliament house and stroll on the beautiful paths next to Aare River. Learn about the history and culture of the city from a local who loves the city and wants you to love it too!

    Nice way to be introduced to Bern, but would have hoped for a more enthusiastic guide. Very knowledgeable but almost had to be prompted for information.

  • Bern: Instagram Highlights Tour

    10. Bern: Instagram Highlights Tour

    Discover the most beautiful spots in Bern and get some great shots to upload on social media.   Take photos of the most unique places of Bern like Paul Klee Centre, the Zytglogge clock, or the Bundeshaus.  Visit places that are not too crowded and learn about the city from a local’s perspective.  Get useful tips from an on how to take the best photos with your phone or camera.

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What people are saying about Bern

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 286 reviews

Our tour guide was fabulous!

I learned so much more than I expected. It was really interesting and very worth while. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city, and the history. Highly recommended!

The narrative is excellent. The iPod is old and hard to see the pictures. But overall a much better experience than walking with a group on a fixed schedule.

This guide makes it so easy to see Bern and to learn about the city! it really is worthwhile and is very easy to follow.

Overall - amazing experience, very interesting, very educating, very well planned.

Super tour Fact filled Great views and plenty of time to enjoy them