UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Bern

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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. Add UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and other attractions to your Bern trip itinerary using our Bern vacation route planner.
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  • This is one of those hidden places maybe you Dont think to go but It charms you when you visit It. Just amazing.  more »
  • Great way to spend your time in Bern. Plenty to see, taste, and explore. Something for everyone to enjoy  more »
  • The bears are still around the old town and can be seen from atop. It is a nice area to stroll with restaurants too  more »
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  • Beautiful area. The city itself houses a very culture rich architecture and some amazing views throughout the area.
  • Very nice city, nice shops and a lot of history. The people are friendly, service is good. The city is clean and tidy and public transport good.
  • Clean, active, dynamic, with Restaurants and bars for all the tastes. Perfect place to spend time in any year season
  • Totally worth a visit. This kind of houses and galleries to walk under (Lauben), you will nowhere else in the world.
  • Very nice looking and also very quiet part for shopping and lunch

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In historic Bern, the bulk of the accommodation offerings are confined to the peninsula, where the Old Town or "Altstadt" is located. Staying here gives you the convenience of being within walking distance to everything--which will come in handy in this generally car-free area. Throughout the Old Town you'll find a number of mid-range three-star hotels complete with their original 19th-century characteristics. A couple hostels and pensions round out the options here, though these tend to be a bit more expensive than one might expect. Outside of the Old Town, there are a few hotels with cheaper rates, though you compromise on convenience and atmosphere. The city also boasts a few stunning four- and five-star hotels, should your budget be forgiving.
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