Shopping in the Old Town of Bern is a real experience! Along the six kilometers of arcades, there are countless local boutiques and studios that you won’t find in other cities. We hunted out these hidden treasures so we could let you know about the best stops for your next shopping day in Bern.
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The top 13 Bern gift ideas
Don't feel like taking home napkin holders, t-shirts or fridge magnets as a souvenir or buying socks and ties that were made who knows where for birthday presents? No problem! Whether it's for your mother-in-law, your best friend or your sweetheart, here's a list of 13 original gift ideas that are typically Bernese.
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Laubengeschichten (arcade stories)
From belt buckles made from old fire hydrants to cheese matured in a vaulted cellar to delicate scented creations – Bern’s Old City offers all kinds of shopping highlights. Bernese locals introduce us to their personal favourites in five video portraits.
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