Altstadt von Bern UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe

Not only is the City of Bern the capital of Switzerland, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the heart of Bern is its beautiful Old Town with six kilometers of arcades that offer shelter or shade to visitors strolling through the city.

Besides these unique arcades, Bern’s historical townscape, dating back to 1191, is characterized by the Clock Tower (Zytglogge), the Prison Tower (Käfigturm), the sculptural fountains from the Renaissance, the Cathedral (Münster), and the well-kept sandstone facades. Visitors can discover bars, cultural venues, and specialty shops in countless converted cellars.

The Old Town of Bern is encircled by the Aare River. The river is not just a stretch of water for Bern’s inhabitants; it’s also the place for summer recreational activities, like swimming and boating in the Aare. And since Bern was built on a peninsula, everything is close together and easy to reach by foot, tram, or bus.

Bern Tourism offers tours through the Old Town of Bern, where visitors will hear interesting anecdotes and learn everything worth knowing about the heart of the Swiss capital.

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The capital of Switzerland has many charms. Bern's quaint Old Town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is framed by the Aare river and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

With its 6 km of limestone buildings and medieval arcades, its Renaissance fountains with colorful figures, and the beautiful Cathedral surrounded by picturesque rooftops, Bern, founded in 1191, is truly a gem of medieval architecture in Europe.

Bern is a city of superlatives: most beautiful flower city of Europe, birthplace of Einstein's relativity theory, cradle of Toblerone chocolate and home to the largest Paul Klee collection in the world.

And because Bern is situated on a peninsula, everything is close together and can be reached easily on foot, by tram or bus.

The boundaries of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

The Old Town of Bern has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. UNESCO’s goal is to preserve those places that nature spent millions of years creating and that people spent centuries building. Bern is just one of eleven World Heritage Sites in Switzerland, and nearly one thousand worldwide, joining the ranks of such marvels as the Great Barrier Reef and the Pyramids of Egypt.

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