Bern still retains the charms she had in the 12th century.
To stroll the streets of Bern is to take a walk back in time. With its origins in the 12th century, the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With lovely ancient fountains, sandstone steps worn by generations of walkers and architecturally significant government buildings, Bern is a delight.
We'll see the impressive Houses of Parliament, the Federal Mint, the Town Hall and perhaps the most famous site in Bern, the Medieval Clock Tower. The clock was erected in the 12th century and has served the city as a guard tower and a prison. Now considered a civic memorial, this remarkable icon contains an astronomical clock installed in 1530. If you're nearby at the top of the hour, watch the figurines as they come out to perform their show.
The Gothic Minster (Basilica) is considered to be the finest example of Gothic architecture in Bern and is Switzerland's largest and most significant church from the Late Middle Ages.
One of the highlights of this tour is the iconic covered arcade that runs for 4 miles throughout the Old Town. Providing protection from the sun and inclement weather, you're sure to enjoy wandering the shops and restaurants hidden from view.
- This is a walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk on cobblestone streets.
- If you are staying in a hotel outside of the city center, you will have the option of paying a surcharge for pickup at your hotel or making your own way to a central meeting point. You will be contacted regarding your preference after booking the tour.
- This tour is not able to accommodate those with limited mobility.
Days offered: 7 days a week