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Looking for residential areas in Berne

We will be visiting Berne in the next 10 days. Our intention is settle there in 18 months time. Please tell me which areas we should look at buying a house, preferably on the outskirts (countryside) of Berne. We are not City people and have dogs aswell. Thanks
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We will be visiting Berne in the next 10 days. Our intention is settle there in 18 months time. Please tell me which areas we should look at buying a house, preferably on the outskirts (countryside) of Berne. We are not City people and have dogs aswell. Thanks
Hi Pat,

there are plenty of places around Bern, which is basically a small village.

Some pertinent questions to give you some realistic feedback :

Are you looking to live in a small village within a reasonable commute of Bern itself ? Have you got kids ? Are you looking for a low tax community. What is your expectation regards site / number of rooms for a potential house purchase ?

If you are more comfortable, feel free to PM on this.

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Re: Looking for residential areas in Berne

Thanks for your prompt response. We would need at least 2.5 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen bathroom etc. We have no kids only 2 small dogs. We would not like to live in too small a village, we still want some vibe though, but obviously not too close to the city. My dream is to be close to a forest and be able to see the mountains. I'm I being over optimistic.
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Thanks for your prompt response. We would need at least 2.5 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen bathroom etc. We have no kids only 2 small dogs. We would not like to live in too small a village, we still want some vibe though, but obviously not too close to the city. My dream is to be close to a forest and be able to see the mountains. I'm I being over optimistic.
over optimistic ? ... not at all ....

there are a number of smaller villages around Bern within 15-20 mins on the S-Bahn (regional train).

I would suggest that you plug Bern in to Google Maps & do some searches around the area.

Also, you can do a radius search here on Comparis in English. Just type in Bern + Radius of 20km ... you can also filter down by number of rooms & maximum amount you are prepared to pay for rent.

My suggestions would be :

Ittigen, Bolligen, Stettlen, Worb - East
Gumligen, Muri bei Bern, Khersatz, Munsigen - South
Wohlen bei Bern, Laupen & Kerzers - West
Münchenbuchsee, Bremgaten bei Bern & Moosedorf - North.

These are all within 15 mins from the main train station in Bern. Further afield :

Mürten, Shwarzenburg, Thun, Belp, Toffen, Kirchdorf could be ideal ... 20-30mins by train.

Kanton Bern has reasonably high taxes, so a move across the border into Kanton Fribourg would save you around 3-4% per annum.
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Re: Looking for residential areas in Berne

This really helps alot. I will follow the route you have suggested. Will also look at surrounding areas. My husband is Swiss, but has lived in SA for 34 years. We do however visit CH every 2 years and head for the mountains straight away. Thun always tickles our fancy. It is so beautiful. Thanks again
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This really helps alot. I will follow the route you have suggested. Will also look at surrounding areas. My husband is Swiss, but has lived in SA for 34 years. We do however visit CH every 2 years and head for the mountains straight away. Thun always tickles our fancy. It is so beautiful. Thanks again
paging MissBehaving ... she is a Thunite & can probably give you some pointers to nice villages in that area or along the lake.
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Re: Looking for residential areas in Berne

Around Thun I would recommend: Uetendorf, Steffisburg, Heimberg and Goldiwil; and then Hilterfingen, Hünibach and Oberhofen along the left hand side of the lake (heading out of Thun). Allmedingen on the other side of the lake is also nice, great for dog walking so I've been told.

Avoid Lerchenfeld at all costs, it is the absolute pits.
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Uphill (sort of) would be Sigriswil and Heiligenschwendi and Beatenberg This has the added bonus that you are off the beaten track, have got marvellous views onto the lake of Thun as well as the mountains, but are in town within a short-ish drive by car and public transport
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Re: Looking for residential areas in Berne

Thanks for all this info. We really have our work cut out for us in the next 3 weeks. We leave for CH in 2 days time. So excited. Cheers for now
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Re: Looking for residential areas in Berne

Ok, I'm hijacking this thread a bit but I want to ask a very similar question about areas in and around Bern so I thought it appropriate to add it to the same thread rather than start a new one.

My wife, son (3 yrs) and I are moving to Bern here in a few weeks. I have been using homegate, immoscout and comparis to get a feel for what is available and for how much. but what I don't yet quite have a feel for are the various surrounding communities. I've been told Ittigen is nice, but that's about it (except that Fabian Cancellara lives there). For some reason, I've really liked a few of the apartments I've seen in Müri bei Bern, but over the past 4 months I have seen most of them come and go. Even though I have liked a few apartments, I have no idea that the town is like.

So, high level question, what do people think about living in Bern proper vs. heading to the suburbs as it were. We probably won't have a car and will be relying on the bus/tram what have you, and will be looking for ease of shopping for necessities and nice play areas. Also a kindergarten for my son. 3.5 - 5 room is the range we're looking for. Thoughts? Are there any favorite town/villages around Bern? Areas within Bern? The Breitenrain area I have heard is nice. Would anyone say "heck no, stay in Bern" or "Ostermundgen is the greatest ever"? Are we going to be limited if we don't have a car if we're 5-10 km away?

Thanks for any and all thoughts on the matter.

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Re: Looking for residential areas in Berne

Well, I live just outside of Thun and my wife works in Bern Buempliz/Westside area. Basically, Bern is just a small city and if you follow the train lines, you hit most communities that you'd want to live in without a car. To the south of Bern is the lake of Thun and in this valley, the weather is usually sunnier than other the north of Bern.

Thun, to be honest is very nice and a popular place for people to live that commute to Bern. In Thun, it takes just 19mins on the train to get to Hbf Bern.
The communities surrounding Thun is also lovely with the exception of the area Lerchenfeld which is the "immigrant" quarter and is slightly less pleasant.

Honestly, without a car, you should start by following the train line out from Bern and see how far is too far. The further from Bern, rent/house price is slightly less expensive though it depends largely on the condition of the property. Thun, however, is just as if not more expensive than Bern because it's next to the lake and mountains and thus very popular.
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I've been told Ittigen is nice, but that's about it (except that Fabian Cancellara lives there).
Ittigen is OK, but nothing special. Worb is kind of nice, has a really nice veiw of the alps. COOP, Migros and train station are all within walking distance. But the train is a local one, not a "S" train...neighbor told me villagers voted against having the fast trains coming thru Worb because it would disturb the cows...the church bell there drove me insane after a few months..but I guess the cows like it, since they let it ring at all hours of the night...welcome to Switzerland

Bern is a village. Even the city center doesn't have a "city" vibe. if you live outside the "city" limits, you aren't missing much
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