Friday, May 26, 2017

Travelogue: 3 free things to do in Bern, Switzerland

Bern , Capital of Switzerland

1. Zytglogge (Clock Tower)
This clock tower is a famous landmark in Bern, Switzerland. Every hour, there will be a performance of the clockwork figures.
Built in the early 13th century, this clock inspired Albert Einstein to discover his theory of relativity.  

Address: Zeitglockenturm, Bim Zytglogge 1, 3011 Bern
Getting there: From Bern Main Station take trams 6/7/8/9. Alternatively, walk along the main street of Bern Old Town (along where the tram tracks are) and you'll reach there in 10 minutes. It is hard to miss this clock tower while walking along Bern Old Town.

Zytglogge (Clock Tower), Bern Old Town

Zytglogge (Clock Tower)

2. Bern's Bear Park (Bärenpark)
Bern's Bear Park is a popular destination for both children and adults. The park is wheelchair & stroller friendly as it has an elevator which will take you down to the Aare River bank. Admission is free as well.

Address: Grosser Muristalden 6, 3006, Old Town, Bern
Getting there: From Bern Main Station, take Bus 12 (direction center Paul Klee) to the Bear Park. Alternatively, a stroll to the Bear Park from Bern Station takes about 15-20 minutes.
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm daily

Bern Bear Park (Bärenpark)

View from Bern Bear Park


3. Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
The Rosengarten offers great view of Bern city. From the top of Rose Garden, you will be able to see views of the brown roofs of Bern Old Town as well as the Kornhausbrücke bridge.

Address: Alter Aargauerstalden 31B, 3006 Bern, Switzerland
Getting there: Bus 10 (Direction Ostermundigen). Or if you are visiting the Bear Park, the rose garden is a short (but steep) walk away from it.

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