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World heritage site · Neighborhood
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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 fo
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Water Body
Lake Geneva , Geneva
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One of Western Europe's largest bodies of water, Lake Geneva sits on the northern side of the Alps. Shared by Switzerland and France, the lak
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Garden
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A public park since 1913, this site served as a cemetery in the 19th century. Today, the manicured lawns and formal gardens draw both visitin
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Duration: 12 hours
Sure to be a highlight of your Switzerland vacation, this day trip from Zurich takes you into the Swiss Alps. Discover Jungfraujoch, one of the highest points in Europe, travel by coach with a multilingual guide through the Bernese Oberland region, and enjoy a stop in the famous town of Interlaken along the way. Board the gondola in Grindelwald and change to the cogwheel train at the Eiger Glacier for a ride to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jungfraujoch mountain pass, where an Alpine wonderland of spectacular mountains and glaciers awaits.
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World heritage site · Mountain
Jungfraujoch , Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Discover spectacular views of an icy Alpine wilderness at the very top of Europe by visiting Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest train stat
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Observation Deck
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An elaborate structure with moving automatons, Clock Tower - Zytglogge remains one of the capital city's major architectural landmarks, its s
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Bern

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The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare. The city boasts a historical town center that is a destination because of its history, museums, and public art. As a World Heritage Site, the medieval city is characterized by sandstone facades, narrow streets, and covered shopping arcades. Cafe culture thrives in Bern, but as with most Swiss cities, eating and drinking can quickly break the bank. In summer, a dip in the River Aare is a popular pastime. Use our Switzerland day trip planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Bern.

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InterlakenTrip planner Best for: Parasailing / Paragliding, Lookout, Stand-Up Paddleboarding GrindelwaldTrip planner Best for: Ski Area, Mountain, Hiking Trail LauterbrunnenTrip planner Best for: Waterfall, Valley, Parasailing / Paragliding ThunTrip planner Best for: Water Body, Castle, Landmark BrienzTrip planner Best for: Water Body, Waterfall, Hiking Trail

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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