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Bern with its medieval Zytglogge clock tower

Bern & Bernese lowlands

The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

The Zytglogge (Clock Tower), the Parliament Building and the BearPark – there are many things to be discovered in and around Bern! These attractions are definitely a must when visiting the Swiss capital.

 

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When to visit

The best time to visit Bern & Western Switzerland  in general is in summer, which is July – September.   However, it is very busy during these times. So, shoulder seasons are a good alternative, especially October – November, because the snow hasn't come yet  and the weather is usually quite sunny.

November to December  - Christmas Markets are a Swiss tradition for the festive season. As Christmas approaches, decorated and illuminated chalets appear in Switzerland’s main cites and the nights are filled with twinkling lights and a cheerful buzz as shoppers explore the stalls and enjoy classic entertainment, drinking in the festive atmosphere. Market stalls showcase local handy crafts, regional food specialties and much more. Some of the best Christmas markets can be found in Montreux, Zürich, Basel, Bern, Wengen, Einsiedeln and Lucerne to name a few, each with its own unique Winter Christmas experiences.

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Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
Swiss Franc
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