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Bern area opinions

We are a family of four (incl. two younger children) who will shortly be moving to the Bern area (and preferably with decent connections to Fribourg as well). We are looking for places around 30 minutes from Bern itself and have so far looked at places such as Murten and Kerzers as well as places down by Schwarzenburg. If anyone has any opinions (pros/cons) about any of these places or any other towns/areas we should take a look at, please drop me a note. Because of language capabilities, we would prefer German speaking areas .
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Re: Bern area opinions

The first place that pops into my head is Flamatt. It's in canton Fribourg but it's a German-speaking village. The train to Bern is 15 or 20 mins depending on which one you catch. It's 18 mins to Fribourg. The village is also right off the highway if you want to drive. There are several family-friendly apartment buildings. The village has Coop, Migros, and Denner. Maybe worth a look?
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The first place that pops into my head is Flamatt. It's in canton Fribourg but it's a German-speaking village. The train to Bern is 15 or 20 mins depending on which one you catch. It's 18 mins to Fribourg. The village is also right off the highway if you want to drive. There are several family-friendly apartment buildings. The village has Coop, Migros, and Denner. Maybe worth a look?
True, but Flamatt is a shithole.


Other places to consider on the Bern-Fribourg axis are Schmitten, Düdingen, Wünnewil, Thörishaus, and Oberwangen/Niederwangen. However, none of these are particularly bucolic/attractive places.


As OP mentioned, you also have Murten (which is nice) and Kerzers, which I'm not so familiar with. at least Murten has regular train connections to both Bern and Fribourg.


I don't know the region around Schwarzenburg at all, but it's up in the Gantrisch, so would be quite nice from that point of view.
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Re: Bern area opinions

Kerzers is nice and well served by trains to both Bern and Fribourg. Ins is also nice if you're looking in that area.
Murten can be nice depending on which bit of it you're living in.
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Re: Bern area opinions

Thanks for the additional suggestions, which I am looking into - would love a few additional details about the Flamatt comment PaddyG if you don't mind ;-)

Would also be quite interested in getting the insight on the different areas in Murten from Belgianmum if you have a minute.

At the moment we live in the city centre and part of our Swiss experience should be to get out of the city a bit (hence the 30 min distance). We are a family who love the outdoors (running, mountainbiking, swimming, skiing hiking, etc), our daughters will attend local schools and when living in new countries, we tend to try and "integrate" as much as possible.

What I have found in the area around Schwarzenburg is that it looks great (in particularly being part of the Gantrisch) but I have not been able to find any information on this forum about people who moved/live there....psst, anyone?
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Re: Bern area opinions

Flamatt is a boring town with boring buildings. Otherwise it is fine.

Murten is pretty in most places, we do have a few 10 storey blocks of flats on the edge, but mainly it is OK with a beautiful old town. It has good rail and road connections and good schools. I began living here in 1989 and I always come back again, so maybe I am biassed. Rental is high here, but there are about 50 new large apartments being completed right next to the railway station, so these might be cheaper in the beginning as there are so many coming at once.

Kerzers is fine too, not very pretty, it has a big traffic problem where the high street crosses the railway, as there are many trains every hour and the traffic barrier is very busy.

Fribourg has a German speaking side north of the river, and would be ideal for a family, with one adult commuting to Bern.

Schwarzenburg is small and out of the way: no advantage in living there really.

Murten and Fribourg are bi-lingual, the taxes are lower in Canton Fribourg than in Berne.
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Re: Bern area opinions

I quite like the area around Schwarzenburg - although (apart from driving through it) don't know much about the village itself.

But plenty to do in the surrounding area.

Obviously, the mountains up by Gantrisch, plenty of woodland walking and riding - there's even a rope park (or used to be) somewhere near, drop down to the river for picnics and BBQs.

Has anyone mentioned Laupen?
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...As anyone mentioned Laupen?
Laupen is a pretty area, some nice trails around. They've got a brand new apartment complex that is family-friendly and not yet full. Only 2 train connections per hour to Bern though, and you have to connect in Düdingen to get to Fribourg. Still within OP's 30 mins.
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Laupen is a pretty area, some nice trails around. They've got a brand new apartment complex that is family-friendly and not yet full. Only 2 train connections per hour to Bern though, and you have to connect in Düdingen to get to Fribourg. Still within OP's 30 mins.
Or Bösingen on the Fribourg side of the Sense .
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Re: Bern area opinions

How old are your children? The country towns might be fine for adults but for modern children they can be a desert, and you would spend some time driving them around to their social activities.

I would choose a large enough town, I suggest more than 5'000 to 7'000 inhabitants, with good public transport to a large town. The last bus is at 8 pm in some of these villages, which also makes a night out difficult if you don't want to drink and drive.
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How old are your children? The country towns might be fine for adults but for modern children they can be a desert, and you would spend some time driving them around to their social activities.

I would choose a large enough town, I suggest more than 5'000 to 7'000 inhabitants, with good public transport to a large town. The last bus is at 8 pm in some of these villages, which also makes a night out difficult if you don't want to drink and drive.
Children are 4 and 5. I agree with your points about not wanting to isolate ourselves from social activities since we are quite social people
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Re: Bern area opinions

This is a wonderful apartment, (I used to live at number 65 on the ground floor ground floor, I now live at number 85.) The grounds are well looked after, with 2 small ponds, playground etc.

http://www.immoscout24.ch/de/d/wohnu...48&ci=10&ct=22

These apartments are a bit expensive, but they are very well built, no traffic, underground garage, cellar, & a bicycle room, near the station with 1 train every hour to Bern, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Payerne. During morning and evening an extra train every hour to Bern. Good schools nearby and a safe town with a swimming pool.

If you can afford it, I would apply straight away, you will not be disappointed!

In the advert it mentions another apartment at house Nr 31. This would be identical, but Nr 31 has the lounge & 2 bedrooms facing the quiet road.

I am going away this weekend, but I can answer your queries on Monday evening.

The pink houses all have 4 apartments on each floor: 3.5 bedroom apartments on each end, and 4.5 bedroom apartments in the middle. With washing machine and dryer in the cellar too.

http://www.murten-morat.ch/portal/

http://map.search.ch/Murten,Engelhar...,viasuisse,zug
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Re: Bern area opinions

I live in a small village near Burgdorf about 30 mins. to Bern.

My daughter goes to a Swiss school in Bern so transport is no problem as the local railway station links.

Although it is a small village of 5-6k it has everything you need plus the river Emme goes through it, not to far from the Emmental.

Plenty of walks and bike rides on your door step.
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Re: Bern area opinions

We lived in Belp for almost five years, along the Belpberg. There are lots of towns along the Guerbetal. Good train connections, great views, close to the Gantrisch. Lots of walking trails. We had loads of kids in our neighborhood. Mostly very nice people.

I think the whole area south of Bern is lovely. As Sbrinz said though some of the towns are connected by bus to train stations and little service after 8.
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Re: Bern area opinions

Thanks for all the great ideas - we took a quick trip to the Bern area recently and visited 5 different towns (all of which are mentioned on this thread). Great to see how lots of the input shared here was just spot on....we are now in the process of deciding and sorting out some details about kindergarten etc.
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There is a Dutch club in Bern, they meet every second Thursday in the month for dinner.
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Thanks for all the great ideas - we took a quick trip to the Bern area recently and visited 5 different towns (all of which are mentioned on this thread). Great to see how lots of the input shared here was just spot on....we are now in the process of deciding and sorting out some details about kindergarten etc.
I think EF has been experiencing some server inaccuracies and general posting errors, recently ...... as this is not usually the case.
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Re: Bern area opinions

I live next to the Dutch embassy. Weissenbühl is a great area of Bern.

If you have a car, it's 25 min to Fribourg with the highway a few minutes away.
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Re: Bern area opinions

We are a few weeks further and have found a great place - moving in 6 weeks time. Really looking forward to it and to participate in some of the social activities mentioned on this forum as well. Once again, thanks everyone for the ideas, opinions etc.
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We are a few weeks further and have found a great place - moving in 6 weeks time....
Oh please do tell us where, and why!
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