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Best places to live in Bern

Hello there, I'm from Scotland and am near the start of a search for an apartment in or around Bern and would greatly appreciate anybody's advice on the matter. In Bern or even up to maybe 20-30mins outside with good transport links? thanks in advance
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Hello there, I'm from Scotland and am near the start of a search for an apartment in or around Bern and would greatly appreciate anybody's advice on the matter. In Bern or even up to maybe 20-30mins outside with good transport links? thanks in advance
My favourite area to live in Bern are Breitenrein and Langässe.

My least favourite is Bumpliz.
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Breitenrein it is along the tram line.
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Breitenrein it is along the tram line.
Yes, Tram no.9 serves Breitenrein.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

Does anyone have any experience of the Bethlehem area in Bern?In particular, is it well serviced by trams or buses? I'll probably be living in the student residences there for 3 months in summer. And what's with the name, Bethlehem? Are the people there religious fanatics or?
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Does anyone have any experience of the Bethlehem area in Bern?In particular, is it well serviced by trams or buses? I'll probably be living in the student residences there for 3 months in summer. And what's with the name, Bethlehem? Are the people there religious fanatics or?
Bethlehem is in Bumpliz and Bus 14 and Post Auto 100 from serve that area.

No, the people there aren't religious fanatics but you have to know that Christianity is the predominant religion in Switzerland.
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Hello there, I'm from Scotland and am near the start of a search for an apartment in or around Bern and would greatly appreciate anybody's advice on the matter. In Bern or even up to maybe 20-30mins outside with good transport links? thanks in advance
Other good areas are Schosshalde & Matte Quartier .. Matte is down by the river below the Parliament buildings & has a certain Bohemian chic.

If you have a bundle of cash, the place to live is in the Altstad, Brunngasse is pretty nice, lived there for 6 months or so.
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Other good areas are Schosshalde & Matte Quartier .. Matte is down by the river below the Parliament buildings & has a certain Bohemian chic.

If you have a bundle of cash, the place to live is in the Altstad, Brunngasse is pretty nice, lived there for 6 months or so.
Had a friend how used to live one floor above the Einstein's flat in the old town. Loved the roof top dinners.

After the flood, i wouldn't recommend anyone to live in Matte but perhaps in the Märzili area.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

... agree with all that has been said. If you want to save money on taxes, look into getting an apartment/house in Muri.
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... agree with all that has been said. If you want to save money on taxes, look into getting an apartment/house in Muri.
downside is, the rent is also more expensive.....
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... agree with all that has been said. If you want to save money on taxes, look into getting an apartment/house in Muri.
Why Muri, when you could also do the same and live in Ittigen. 15mins to Bern town via RBS.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

When I was living there Muri had lower tax. Plus, it is closer to Bern, as you can get there by taking the tram directly from the Hauptbahnhof (forgot the tram number) or from Zytglogge. Basically, you have the experience of living in Bern itself but at the same time, you are paying less tax. And it is a very nice area as just next to the embassies and international organisations (Weltpostverein - for instance).
I might be biased though, as used to live there and loved it.
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When I was living there Muri had lower tax. Plus, it is closer to Bern, as you can get there by taking the tram directly from the Hauptbahnhof (forgot the tram number) or from Zytglogge. Basically, you have the experience of living in Bern itself but at the same time, you are paying less tax. And it is a very nice area as just next to the embassies and international organisations (Weltpostverein - for instance).
I might be biased though, as used to live there and loved it.
I live in Ittigen, as it's close to town (10 mins on SBahn), has low taxes & also is a lot cheaper to rent here than in Muri ..... Muri tax saving would never offset the difference in rent.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

We live in Köniz. I've fallen in love with this Gemeinde over the past few years. It's incredibly green. You wouldn't have to travel more than 5 minutes to get to a forest or a river. Tax is lower. Both the main Coop and Migros supermarkets are quite large and across the street from each other. Köniz Schlieren is especially nice because most of it lies above the fog in winter.There are two bus routes to the city and a train line. There is a little bus route which takes you to the middle station of the Gurten tram. It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to get to the city centre (I get to Bern in 10"). There is also a nice mix of people and cultures.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

We live in Köniz. I've fallen in love with this Gemeinde over the past few years. It's incredibly green. You wouldn't have to travel more than 5 minutes to get to a forest or a river. Tax is lower. Both the main Coop and Migros supermarkets are quite large and across the street from each other. Köniz Schlieren is especially nice because most of it lies above the fog in winter.There are two bus routes to the city and a train line. There is a little bus route which takes you to the middle station of the Gurten tram. It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to get to the city centre (I get to Bern in 10"). There is also a nice mix of people and cultures.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

Hello,
I am new to forum and this is my first post. I will be relocating with my family to Bern in the coming months, to start a new job from Jan.

I am looking for any suggestion what are nice areas to live in for a family with small kids (2yrs and 4 months). My wife will be staying at home with children hence I am looking for a place where they can go for a walk, to playgrounds, feel safe and meet another families with children.

My work will be in 3007 post code(belpstrasse). I am either considering living nearby so I can walk/cycle to work or a bit further down so I would use public transport and be @work within 30min ride.

I have seen couple ads for a brand new nice looking flats in Niederwangen. Can somebody shade some light about that neighbourhood?

Please any suggestions welcome, I would greatly appreciate help as I dont know anybody in Bern yet.

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Re: Best places to live in Bern

IMHO it really depends where exactly you live in Niederwangen.

Positives:
  • The village, which is a part of Köniz, is rather calm (if that is a plus for you)
  • Rents are relatively cheap.
  • You will be in Bern quite quickly
Negatives:
  • There is a fair bit of small industry arround the train station that doesen't look very nice
  • Depending on where you live, public transport may be not that good in the evenings and at night.
In general, Köniz is rather nice, familiy friendly and calm.

Other places (outside) of the city would be

Muri: Where the rich people live (calm, nice, lots of expats, high rents, low taxes)

Belp has nice places and lower rents than Muri, but there is an airport.

Ittigen (not Kappelisacker) is on the other side of the town, so maybe a bit far if you want to cycle to work.

Same thing for Zollikofen (not Steinibach) and Bolligen.

You may also want to look at certain areas inside the city, Monbjou and Weissenbühl (both very near to Belpstrasse) both have nice and calm corners with nice flats and not too high rents. Same thing for Breitenrein, which is a bit further away (no problem at all, 15 Minutes tops). Kirchenfeld is very nice, but rents are considerably higher.


Personally, I would rather avoid Bümpliz, Gäbelbach, but even there you can find nice places though.


In general, Bern and its surrounding towns and villages are calm, nice and the public transport is good. Plus going to work by bike is almost de rigeur during the warmer months.

Finally, there are no real no-go residential areas.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

My wife's family is from Burgdorf, a 20 minute drive from Bern. About the same on the train if I remember correctly. It is a great little town. We are currently living here with them, as we have not long arrived back in Switzerland, but we also lived here for 8 months, 2 years ago, before going back to Australia. It has the small town feel, without feeling like everyone knows your business. I think it has around 15 thousand people all up. It has a great Migros & Coop, a couple of Denners, schools, indoor pool & gym, and a few nice little cafes/restaurants. If it wasn't for the fact that we are involved in a church that is in Konstanz, Germany (just across the border), we would probably stay in this area.
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Re: Best places to live in Bern

Burgdorf also has a castle perched high in the middle of the village, charming old town and pleasant walk-around shopping, a river and nice countryside in all directions.

All the places Sam mentioned have their good sides and their "lesser better" sides. My suggestion is that you visit all these places with Google Earth and street view, click on the photos, and after that you should have a thorough impression and good orientation.
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You need to check out the train connections and so on, but I would look south of Bern. We live in Belp and will be sorry to leave. I also like Münsingen and Worb. Konolfingen is nice as is Rubingen. Great views, mix of new and old properties, wide range of prices.

The Belp airport isn't bad. I'd check out the noise from Rubingen and Münsingen, they seem to be more in the flight path than Belp itself.
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