On the Trail of Albert Einstein
Even Albert Einstein was inspired by Bern. The physicist was living here when he developed his famous formula E=mc² in 1905, turning our notion of time and space on its head. Today, visitors can follow the footsteps of this 20th century genius and even take a selfie with him.
Want to take a souvenir photo with Albert Einstein? Or relax with a book or an ice cream while sitting next to the 20th century genius? You’ll find Bern’s famous resident on benches in four different locations in the city. The figure depicting Einstein in his earlier years can be found in the Rose Garden, at the BearPark, at the Bern Historical Museum, and at the University of Bern. Share your photo on the Einstein bench via Instagram with the hashtags #ilovebern and #einsteinselfie, and show the world where Einstein spent several years of his life.
Einstein plays a significant role in Bern. Besides the two guided city tours “Einstein in Bern” and “Einstein and Time,” the one-of-a-kind Einstein Museum, the Einstein House, and the Einstein Lectures at the University of Bern, you can also enjoy a break in the Einstein Kaffee coffee house.
City tour "Einstein in Bern"
Albert Einstein moved to Bern in 1902 and took a job at the Swiss patent office. Would you like to find out where the physicist lived and likely partied as a young bachelor? And where he most enjoyed spending time with his wife Mileva? You’ll discover Einstein’s favorite places in this special guided tour.
The “Einstein and Time” Tour
Learn the interesting parallels between precise timekeeping and Einstein’s definition of time. The tour starts in the Clock Tower (Zytglogge), where Kaspar Brunner’s clock mechanism has been ticking for more than 600 years. Then you can learn more about Albert Einstein’s life, thinking, and his most famous formula, E=mc².
The first document on the theory of special relativity was written in the Einstein House, some 200 meters down from the Clock Tower (Zytglogge). This historic site, where Einstein lived from 1903 to 1905, features photos, copies of documents, and various writings that provide a glimpse into Einstein’s years in Bern and his research.
Follow Einstein’s footsteps through the City of Bern. At around 90 different stations around the city, visitors can learn about the life and work of Albert Einstein during his years in Bern. Visitors can simply read the illustrated guide with its explanations, sources, and photos or set out on a tour of discovery using the map which is also included. The book “Albert Einstein: Jene glücklichen Berner Jahre” [Albert Einstein: Those Happy Years in Bern] also tells about Einstein’s most important highlights and achievements during his time in Bern from 1902 to 1909.