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. Make your Bern itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • The long arcades lined with shops, colourful fountains, clattering trams create a typical Swiss atmosphere and Christmas. The advice is to visit the neighborhood, overlooking the bridges and enjoy the street food offered in the markets. Also interesting is the visit to the flower market (adjacent to the Christmas market) and that of vegetables and fruits (rich in local specialities unknown to us). Don't forget the Federal Parliament building, inside which can be accessed for free at certain times.
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  • The old city of Bern is just wonderful. Has a very own charm. And is a delight to walk through the city.
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  • Bern old town impresses with its landscape. Beautiful houses combined with parks. The River with its dams and bridges is one of the main attractions. Be sure to take a stroll along the river. Around the main Cathedral there is an elevator that descends directly to the promenade along the river.
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  • Amazing old town. See the Zytglogge at 10 minutes to the full hour. And don't miss the Münster Tower. Also very nice is one of the shortest cable trains in the world from Bundesterrasse to Marzili.
  • Bern is awesome. Many hidden pearls, easy to get everywhere.Great views to the Alps I just love this city
  • Beautiful landscape, nature's beauty place with scerene atmosphere, calm and quiet place, no traffic jam, simply beautiful, thank you
  • One of the most beautiful old cities to explore! Highly recommended!
  • Beautiful area. The city itself houses a very culture rich architecture and some amazing views throughout the area.

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Where to stay in Bern

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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