One Day in Bern, Switzerland

///One Day in Bern, Switzerland

One Day in Bern, Switzerland

Switzerland’s capital city is charming, urban and efficient!  One Day in Bern, Switzerland is the perfect amount of time to check out the preserved medieval vibe, history and views.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

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I’m continuing my series on my recent Switzerland trip today.  If you are just joining me, check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

When I was planning my trip to Switzerland, I decided to stay in Lucerne one extra night to give the Hubs and I time to do one day in Bern, Switzerland.  Bern is the charming and medieval capital city of Switzerland.  It’s not as flashy or show stopping as some of the mountain towns we visited, but it was still really special in it’s own ways.  Plus it’s only an hour away from Lucerne via Switzerland’s amazingly clean and efficient train system.  If you are traveling in the area I recommend you take a day trip from another nearby city so you don’t have to move hotels as much.

My favorite parts included the beautiful preserved cobblestone streets, street arcades and clock towers that have been around since the 1400s.  I also enjoyed soaking in the pretty urban views and seeing how this busy capital city ran without hardly any traffic!

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One Day in Bern, Switzerland

With only one day in Bern, Switzerland I knew I had to plan our time well.   To guide our adventures I decided to follow the walking tour in Rick Steves Switzerland book.  If you aren’t familiar with his books, he has walking tours in them that can guide you around a city and make the most out of your time.  If you are doing any travel in Europe I also highly recommend buying his travel guide.  I used them in both Switzerland and Italy.

We arrived to Bern by mid-morning it was raining buckets.  We started our walking tour but it honestly proved kind of miserable in the cold rain.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Because of the rain we decided to start with an early lunch at Pizzeria Da Bucolo and hope a break gave the skies enough time to clear.  After several days of swiss food, the pizza hit the spot!

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

I figured we were close enough to Italy to get some really good Italian food and I was right.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

After lunch it was still raining so we made another detour to a swiss chocolate shop, which also did not disappoint.  Swiss chocolate is as amazing as the hype.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Finally after our sweet spot, the skies started to clear enough to start the walking tour again.  This time it was a lot more enjoyable.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Highlights included this fascinating overgrown and controversial fountain… Apparently the locals hate it and I can see why.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

… the beautiful Swiss Parliament building…

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

… and more charming…

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

… traditional fountains.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

We also stopped at several terraces to see the pretty views of the rolling hills.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

And also spotted the spectacularly blue-green Aare River.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

One of Bern’s most famous monuments is the circa 1200’s clock tower that was a part of the original wall marking the first gate to the city.  The clock puts on a little show four minutes before the hour where the jester turns, Father Time turns his hourglass and the rooster crows.  It’s honestly not the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s pretty famous so it’s worth standing in the sea of tourists if you are in the area.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Albert Einstein spent eight years in Bern and made many important discoveries while he was there.  We didn’t take the time to explore the museum, but this is where his apartment was.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The Bern Cathedral was one of the prettiest sights we saw on our one day in Bern, Switzerland.  It’s a 15th century Catholic turned Protestant Cathedral. Because of that the outside is ornate but the inside is oddly plain.  It was stripped of all of it’s glory when the Reformation arrived in 1528.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

For some reason they left this stunning arch above the door.  The detail is remarkable.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Another highlight of our walking tour was running into my own bar- lol!

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Look at the cool arches and covered walkway beyond the bar sign.  The entire city has these arcades that allow you to enjoy the city out of the elements.  They are lined with all kinds of interesting shops, restaurants and bars like this one.

After wandering the streets our tour took us to the Munsterplattform.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The pretty views gave us a small sense of how the lucky few live in Bern.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

This urban garden was so lovely.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Our final stop on our walking tour of our one day in Bern, Switzerland was the Bear Park.  The bear has long been a symbol of the city and they have a free park with bears.  I found it a little sad because the bears used to be in these awful concrete pits.  Luckily their new habitat is much more spacious and green but I had a hard time moving past seeing the pits.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Before we left we took in a few more of the pretty views.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

After seeing the Bear Park we caught the bus back to the train station and took the train back to Bern. We were back at our hotel for a late dinner!

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

One thing that really blew my mind about Bern is how much the city depended on the trains, buses and bikes.  Even though this was a busy capital city I didn’t see any traffic jams or troubles that lots of cars can bring.  It was such a peaceful efficient little city.  The lack of traffic really added to the charming, easy going nature of Bern.

How to Spend One Day in Bern Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Thoughts on One Day in Bern, Switzerland

While Bern doesn’t have super flashy landscapes, it’s interesting architecture and medieval history make it worth a visit!  It’s a great urban city to see while traveling Switzerland and makes a great day trip from nearby touristy areas.

Also check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

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By | 2017-09-19T15:19:09+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Other International Travel, Travel|3 Comments

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  1. Andrea on Vacation July 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Yep that fountain was certainly interesting- I think I’m on the locals side on that one 🙂
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  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe July 10, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Seriously??? Just when I don’t think the trip could get any better… you post this! And the rain.. it just wanted you to earn the sunshine. And more reason to stay inside with the chocolate.
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  3. Emily July 10, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Ok that fountain is kind of unique, beautiful, and a little bit weird looking. 😀 And I love the views of the city that you posted. The city has so much beauty and old architecture to it. We went to Bern for church when we were in Switzerland, but almost everything was closed. They did have these fun fountains that were coming out of the street at one part of the city. We definitely didn’t see as much of it as you did. I love that you dug into the beauty that is the city of Bern. That pizza also looks so authentic Italian, and isn’t Swiss chocolate just the BEST ever?
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