UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Bern

Must see · World heritage site · Neighborhood · Shopping
Stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, a World Heritage Site with arcaded walkways arranged along streets dotted with hundreds of public fountains. Although most of its structures underwent massive restoration in the 18th century, the old neighborhood retains much of its original layout and character. Home to Switzerland's tallest cathedral, the atmospheric Old Town stretches along a U-shaped peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the Aare River. Begin your walk through medieval Bern at the Old Town's landmark clock tower, featuring one of the world's earliest examples of animatronic technology. To see what the locals call "the longest running act in show biz," stand in front of the clock on the hour. Make your Bern itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • The best old town I’ve ever been in. All the old buildings with underground caverns converted to shops, amazing roof structures and chimneys you can see from most high areas around the city and...  more »
  • You will be happy to visit the City Clock, the apartment used by Einstein, of the trails along the Aare river. The city is full of good restaurants and extremely safe to walk in groups or alone till.....  more »
  • We love Bern and the Old Town. The Aare River gives the city such a great charm, and a colorful contrast with the middle age city. Discover Bern slowly...  more »
  • Bern Old Town is great, charming and nice to have a walk. On the day of Onion Market is full of people from early morning and you can see and buy beautiful and different onions and try some specials. Its worth to get up early !!!
  • Nice place to visit. It's just walking distance from train station. Clear water and cold breeze. Will give you fresh atmosphere and just next to it its Bearenpark. One can see live Bear roaming around its vicinity. Good to watch Animal so close.
  • It's quite difficult to form an objective opinion over the appearance and atmosphere if you're used to it. I would say it's the largest medieval city centre in Switzerland (that's actually still the city centre nowadays (what gives a nice contrast-y look from modern shop interiors and signs on hundreds of years old sandstone)) Anyhow, Chinese tourists said it's like Disney Land for them, and they where astonished that people actually live here. That's fairly the best description I can come up with.
  • Amazing experience walking up and down the streets of old town. Packed with restaurants, shops and it’s all connected with numerous tram stops for easy connections.One of our favourite cities in Switzerland the old city is full of cobblestone streets and quaint buildings. An extensive selection of designer brand shops with many specialty stores selling Swiss made products and souvenirs
  • Certainly a place with a lot of "good feeling". Probably better to visit in summer or winter

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