Bern city life
Explore Bern in your spare time and discover the city’s unique charm, especially around the historic old town in the centre, area which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Important attractions in Bern are:
- "Time Bell" – an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets
- The Federal Palace (Bundeshaus)
- The Münster – a 15th century Gothic cathedral
- Alpine Museum
- Einstein Museum (Einsteinhaus)
- The Holy Ghost Church – one of the largest Swiss Reformed churches in Switzerland
- The Kindlifresserbrunnen (Child Eater Fountain)
Check out the Rose Garden (Rosengarten), a Rosarium located on a hill, today transformed into a park, offering you nice views of the medieval town centre. Gurten is a splendid hill just outside the city where you can also admire landscapes of the whole city and another natural, relaxing spot is the Bear Park (bear is the emblem of Bern).
Bern has one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe so you can wander around many fashion stores.
If you feel like seeing a play, go to Bern Theatre or Tojo Theatre among the theatres you can find here.
At night, you can choose from many cafes, trendy night clubs and fancy bars and simply relax and have fun.
Anytime you feel the need to change the scenery, take trips to Zurich and Basel – around an hour away by train, or to Geneva – about two hours away.
International atmosphere in Bern
Apart from the international student population, Bern counts several foreign residents: Germans, Italians, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Macedonians.
The whole Switzerland is rated as one of the most attractive countries for doing business in the world and Bern makes no exception. With a relaxed attitude towards foreign investment, many international entrepreneurs, including multinational managers are attracted to Bern due to the economic and political stability, efficient capital markets, highly skilled labour force and high quality of life.
In Bern you will experience mild winters, but with significant amounts of snow, and the summers are moderately warm. Daily mean temperatures in December – January are around 0 °C (31 °F) and in the summer they ranges between 16 and 18 °C (60 – 64 °F). June and July are the wettest months, recording many rainfalls.