UNESCO Stroll through the Old City

The little alleys, baroque buildings and important sights of the medieval city tell an exciting story. Find out about Bern’s history on the classic UNESCO tour of the Old City.

Albert Einstein, Paul Klee and Friedrich Dürrenmatt all lived in Bern for a while and have walked beneath the arcades and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere on the Minster terrace.

Be it famous guests, locals or tourists from all over the world – Bern’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fascinates everyone with its distinctive limestone buildings, charming alleys and impressive monuments. The guided tour takes participants to all the places that visitors from near and far love and gives them an interesting insight into Bern’s history.

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    Don’t forget to bring your own bottle to fill! Because there’s nothing better than sipping fresh fountain water while on the tour.

UNESCO Stroll through the Old City

The 90-minute walk takes guests through the Old City, on cobbled streets, past hidden nooks and onto historical city squares. You will hear facts and anecdotes, funny and serious stories, information about the past and the present. From the Bernese Minster in the late Gothic style, the Parliament Building and the Kornhaus (Granary) with the “Chindlifresserbrunnen” (Ogre Fountain) to Käfigturm (Prison Tower) and Bern’s oldest city gate – there’s so much to discover. You’ll learn about Bern’s background and what defined and defines the medieval city.

This tour is entertaining, interesting and fun for locals and tourists alike. By the way: the programme can be personalized if you have special requests.

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    The UNESCO Stroll through the Old City is also available in combination with the Tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower).

  • Public Tour
    Dates 1 November 2021 - 31 March 2022, Saturdays only *
    Additional tours: Wednesday, 29 December 2021 and Wednesday,
    5 January 2022
    Meeting point Tourist Information in the main station
    Starting time 11:00 am
    Duration 90 minutes
    Price Adults CHF 25.00
    Senior citizens (AHV)/Handicapped (IV)/Students CHF 20.00
    Children (6–16 years) CHF 12.00
    Languages German, English, French

    If there is a demand, the tour will be conducted in a maximum of two of the three languages offered.
    Number of participants Maximum 20 people per group
    Reservation We recommend reserving in advance as the number of participants is limited.
    COVID-19 notice Wearing your own protective mask is required for all participants aged 12 and over during the tour.

    * There will be no public visits on Saturday 25 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2021.

    Wearing your own protective mask is recommended during the tour.

    Reservations online or via phone at +41 31 328 12 12, or via e-mail: citytours@bern.com.

  • Public Combined Tour

    The combined tour consists of the UNESCO Stroll through the Old City at 11:00 am and the tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) at 2:15 pm and can be booked at a special price. 

    Dates 19 April - 31 October 2021: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only
    1 November 2021 - 31 March 2022, Saturdays only *
    Additional tours: Wednesday, 29 December 2021 and Wednesday,
    5 January 2022
    Price Adults CHF 38.00
    Seniors/DI/Students CHF 28.00
    Children (6–16 years) CHF 18.00
    Languages German, English, French

    If there is a demand, the tour will be conducted in a maximum of two of the three languages offered.
    Reservation We recommend reserving in advance as the number of participants is limited.
    COVID-19 notice Due to the current situation and the corresponding ordinances, participation in the Clock Tower Tour is only possible with a valid COVID certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and official photo identification. Wearing your own protective mask is required for all participants aged 12 and over during the tour.

    * There will be no public visits on Saturday 25 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2021.

    Reservations online or via phone at +41 31 328 12 12, or via e-mail: citytours@bern.com.

  • Private Tour
    Availability Year-round
    Duration 2–3 hours
    Price 2 hours
    CHF 300.00 per group

    Option: Seeing the inside of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower, 60 minutes) for an additional fee of CHF 75.00

    3 hours
    CHF 450.00 per group including the inside of the Zytglogge

    Prices for schools on request
    Languages DE / EN / FR / IT / ES / RU / KR / CN / JP / RO / PT
    Number of participants Maximum 20 people per group
    COVID-19 notice Wearing your own protective mask is required for all participants aged 12 and over during the tour.

    Wearing your own protective mask is recommended during the tour. In the clock tower are all participants required to wear a protective face mask. 

    Tours that do not include the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) can be booked online.

    Tours including the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) can only be booked via phone at +41 31 328 12 12 or via e-mail: citytours@bern.com.

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    Bahnhofplatz 10a
    3011 Bern

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