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Re: When in Bern - what to do and what to see?

...actually I avoid any city center, much prefer the surroundings. Same was true when I lived in Geneva. Liked Schwyz the best though - no cities.
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Quick update.

It's raining and cold, so because everyone else is sheltering in a nice warm café or bar, we've decided to 'trotzen' the weather and walk and walk.

The Bundeshaus fountain caught out a poor soul having his picture taken infront - drenched!

We waited patiently with about fifty other tourists for the 'Zytglogge' clock to strike midday....bears going round and then........ twelve strikes (well what else did I expect). A local guy started laughing at everyone and clapping (his stumpe nearly fell out).

I think I'll have do the 'real' Bern another time.
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Re: When in Bern - what to do and what to see?

Well just walk down Kochergasse to Casinoplatz, then to the Casino cafe/restaurant. Have a coffee or a bite to warm up.

Then walk or take a tram over the Kirchenfeldbrueche to Helvetiaplatz, where around the platz you will find the Kunsthalle Bern, the Alpine Museum, Historisches Museum Bern, the Rifle Museum, Museum of Natural History, all within about three minutes of each other. Think all close around 17:00.
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I've said it before about Geneva, but it works for Bern too. Once you've seen the covered arcades of the old town, get yourself down to the Bahnhof and get on a train that has "Zurich" on the front and sides.
Hilarious, but for a day Bern should be survivable
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Re: When in Bern - what to do and what to see?

Here are a few ideas:

Bear pits - worth checking out as longs as the idea of animals being caged doesn't bother you

View from the Cathedral terrace (Munstergasse)

Kornhauskeller - ground floor for brunch or a very cool downstairs area for dinner or even drinks

Childeater fountain (Chindlifresserbrunnen) just outside the Kornhauskeller, which is amusing and though slightly creepy

Cesary Bar - nice little cafe also across from the Kornhauskeller on the corner of Rathausgasse

And if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can jump in the river, but definitely not recommended anywhere near to before the dam!

And if that isn't enough, you could take the cablecar up to the Gurten, a little mountain just next to the city
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Update no.2. (and thanks very much for all your suggestions).

It's cold - two pints of cheese fondue in straight glasses lol.

That iPod city tour looks really cool, a Dutch family gave us a quick demo.

Off to the Alpine Museum.

Cheers and till later.
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I've said it before about Geneva, but it works for Bern too. Once you've seen the covered arcades of the old town, get yourself down to the Bahnhof and get on a train that has "Zurich" on the front and sides.
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Geneva is beautiful
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Re: When in Bern - what to do and what to see?

Good evening, we had a wonderful time today and a massive thank you to all who contributed to this thread.

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You may get some ideas from 36 Hours in Bern, Switzerland.
Excellent link - some good timeline info.

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Bit gloomy in the rain because of the colour of the stone... but at least all the arcades mean that you can stroll around a fair bit without getting wet.
Lovely arcades but unfortunately on day like today they were like a six lane Autobahn lol.

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Go to the tourist information in the main station and do an ipod city tour. Highly recommended and mostly under cover
That looked so cool, will definitely try that the next city we visit.

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Sorry, it is raining in Bern, but it was also raining for the whole drive back from Aargau last night.

Even so, you may enjoy walking through the covered walkways of the old town (Lauben), have a gander at the Bundesmaus, coffee or a bite down on the river at SCHWELLENMÄTTELI.

It's an inside day, so check out the Kunsthalle, Bern Historical Museum (Heltetiaplatz), or the Paul Klee Zentrum. Any one of these can take up the better part of a day
Got as far as the bistro next door to the museum for a quick wee (I can still say I've 'been' though lol).

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It may be too late, but the "Altes Tram Depot" is a brewery with its own beer. The food is also pretty good.
Not this time but it's on my list.

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The Klee museum close to Berne was something I liked a lot to visit.
Was getting cold by then, but we did see the sketch he did of the view of the Münster from Helvetiaplatz when he was only twelve!

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Check out the cathedral - it is a very impressive building and with the aid of the Switzerland iphone app (free), you get a good insight to the carving at the front door- The Last Judgement.
Only saw it from Helvetiaplatz, but thanks.

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Well just walk down Kochergasse to , then to the Casino cafe/restaurant. Have a coffee or a bite to warm up.

Then walk or take a tram over the Kirchenfeldbrueche to Helvetiaplatz, where around the platz you will find the Kunsthalle Bern, the Alpine Museum, Historisches Museum Bern, the Rifle Museum, Museum of Natural History, all within about three minutes of each other. Think all close around 17:00.
The Alpine Museum was very interesting with the reliefs and some beautiful paintings.

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Here are a few ideas:

Bear pits - worth checking out as longs as the idea of animals being caged doesn't bother you

View from the Cathedral terrace (Munstergasse)

Kornhauskeller - ground floor for brunch or a very cool downstairs area for dinner or even drinks

Childeater fountain (Chindlifresserbrunnen) just outside the Kornhauskeller, which is amusing and though slightly creepy

Cesary Bar - nice little cafe also across from the Kornhauskeller on the corner of Rathausgasse

And if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can jump in the river, but definitely not recommended anywhere near to before the dam!

And if that isn't enough, you could take the cablecar up to the Gurten, a little mountain just next to the city
Saw three bears, daddy bear, mummy bear...........

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Geneva is beautiful
Yes it is





We finished the day off with a glass of wine in the Hotel Bellevue.

This was a first for me and with all your help I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was like having your very own tour guide in your back pocket. Of course we could have just got a map like everyone else - but this way made it so much more fun.

Thanks for everything and have a nice evening.
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