In this article I will share with you the experience of traveling to the ancient, charming city of Bern in the beautiful country of Switzerland. Through this article I will introduce the nostalgic beauty of Bern, the place with panoramic views of the capital Bern and a few restaurants with good reviews here. So, what to do in Bern in one day? Let’s check it out our Bern blog (Bern travel blog) on how to spend 1 day in Bern (24 hours in Bern, a day in Bern) with the detailed guide and suggested Bern one day itinerary to find out the answer!
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I arrived in Bern around 6pm. Thanks to the instructions of Kai – the owner of my Airbnb, just a few minutes walk from the main train station, I found my rented apartment not far away. The apartment is located right on the bustling Aarbergergasse street in the center of the old town of Bern.
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After unpacking and resting, my whole family walked around Bern old town for a while. It was 10pm, the streets were empty and all shops were closed. We decided to go back Airbnb to go to bed early to keep energy to explore to explore the capital Bern on tomorrow.
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If you only have 24 hours in Bern like me, this will probably be a pretty good itinerary and schedule for you to follow. Now, let follow me to start a brand new day walking around the old city of Bern!
Wandering around the old town of Bern
Bern’s Old Town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you come to Bern, you will feel the peace, gentle and ancient, charming of this city. It is completely different from the Zurich or Lucerne I’ve visited.
The people here seem to have a very simple, hospitality, friendly, gentle life and staying close. People often greet each other or simply eyes contact or a smile, nod even though they do not know, or even with strange tourists like me. Many times I received a friendly smile from a middle-aged woman while waiting at the bus stop, or like a smiling nod from a sister on a bus that looks like a working person.
Right at the beginning of the street where my Airbnb is located is the old town center in Bern. That morning there was a bustling market selling handmade vintage/bohemian items, vegetables and flowers.
Have lunch, enjoy panoramic city view and take pictures in Rosengarten (Rose Garden)
To get to Rosengarten park, from the old town, you can take the bus no.10 to Rosengarten bus stop. Rosengarten is the park with the best panoramic view of Bern city. If you surf Instagram and see many beautiful and stunning panoramic shots of Bern, 90% of them are taken from Rosengarten.
In Rosengarten there is a restaurant called Restaurant Rosengarten, you can have lunch at this restaurant with the best view of Bern city.
After finished lunch + dessert is a great time to take a walk to see the panorama of the beautiful ancient city of Bern and take virtual living photos to “worshipping” facebook + instagram =))
Bern blog: Shopping in the old town center of Bern city.
To return to the old town center, you can completely walk from Rosengarten park or take the bus number 10 to save energy and prepare for shopping.
In Bern city center has two main shopping streets, Kramgasse and Gerechtigkeitsgasse. The stores here usually close quite early at 6pm, so please remember to watch the time to return to the old town center in time.
I have bought quite a few things in Bern like Swiss watches such as :P. I also recommend you to go to Central Railroad Station, where there are also a lot of clothing accessories and a lot of food and drink restaurants.
In addition, you should also go to Migros supermarket to take a look, there are many items at Migros supermarket cheaper than other shops outside ;). To save money, you can buy food in the supermarket to bring back the Airbnb to cook dinner like me.
Bern travel blog (Bern blog): Public transport in the city of Bern
I have read somewhere that if you book a hotel / hostel in Bern, you will get free public transport for 1 day here. However, because I stayed in Airbnb so I did not ask about this. If you have a hotel booking, let give a booking bill and ask any staff at the train station or hotel staff for help.
As in my experience, when I was in Bern, I spent most of the time to exploring and walking around the city. Because Bern is quite small, the only time I travel by bus is when I go up to Rosengarten.
Although I have only 1 day in Bern, but really Bern left me a very beautiful impression on the people, about the peaceful, ancient beauty of this place. The next day I said goodbye to Bern to coming to the noisy and bustling of Zurich.
See you in the upcoming article about Zurich.
Bern blog: Where to stay in Bern?
In addition, you can refer to one of the best Airbnb in Bern: Comfort Apt., Old Town, 3min to Bern station at $120/night or Attic-Apt & Roof Terrace, OldTown, 3min to station at $164/night or Bern Breitsch, Center, River,… Home at $210/night.
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Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in Switzerland you can refer to
- Bern Day Tour with Biscuits and Cheese Tasting from Zürich
- Day Trip to Bern with Biscuits and Cheese Tasting from Lucerne
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- 4G Portable WiFi for Europe from Uroaming
- 3G/4G SIM Card for Multiple European Countries (HK Airport Pick Up)
- Half Day Trip to Mount Titlis with Cable Car from Lucerne
- Jungfraujoch Day Tour from Lucerne
- Day Trip to Mount Titlis with Cable Car (Zurich Departure)
- Swiss Travel Pass
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