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Visiting Old Town Bern

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Built on the narrow hill, surrounded by three sides of Aere River, the Old Town Bern was a city center in the medieval era at Bern, Switzerland. The structure of this old town is never change since it was built in the 12th until 15th century. Although there was a major fire in 1405, after which much of the city was rebuilt in sandstone, and substantial construction efforts in the eighteenth century, Bern's old city has maintained its medieval character. The Old City of Bern is home to the tallest cathedral in Switzerlandas well as other churches, bridges and a large collection of Renaissance fountains. Besides it has many historical buildings, the Old City was the place of the seats of the federal, cantonal and municipal government. It is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site since 1983.

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Old Town Bern Tours

Old Town Bern Tours

1. The Munster Bern

1. The Munster Bern

This Gothic Catheral is located in the south of the peninsula. Munster Bern's construction was started in 1421 and was finished with the bell tower in1893. The Bell Tower is 100 meters high and is the tallest tower in Switzeland. Besides the tallest Bell Tower, this tower has the biggest bell in Switzerland. In 1611, this bell was start to ring. Today, the bell still rings every day. The interior of this church is large, open and fairly empty. During the iconoclasm of the Protestant Reformation in the early of 15th century, all the art and altars in the cathedral were removed . The paintings and statues were dumped in what became the Cathedral Terrace, making the terrace became a rich archaeological site. The only major pieces of art that left the iconoclasm inside the cathedral are the stained glass windows and the choir stalls.

2. Parliament Building

2. Parliament Building

Built along the south area of the Peninsula and the besides the location of Kafigratum wall, Parliament Building is used by both the Swiss Federal Council or Executive and Parliament or Federal Assembly of Switzerland. The complex of this building includes: Bundeshaus West, the central Parliament Building and Bundeshaus East. All of the buildings in this complex were built between 18th and 19th century. Three themes are presented in Parliament Building, Tiga tema utama terikat semua karya. Tema pertama, sejarah nasional, diwakili oleh acara dan orang-orang dari sejarah Swiss. IThe three major themes are tied and work together. The first theme is national history which is represented by events and persons from Swiss history. This theme includes the Rütlischwur or the foundation of Switzerland in 1291 and figures such as William Tell, Arnold von Winkelried and Nicholas of Flüe.

3.  Holy Ghost Church

3. Holy Ghost Church

Holy Ghost Church is the Switzerland Reformation Church in Spitalgasse 44. This church is one of the biggest Reformation Churchs in Switzerland. Previously, the church was a chapel which constructed as a Holy Hospital and Abbey. This church was replaced by the second church between in the last of 14th century. In 1528 the church was secularized by the reformers and the last two monks at the Abbey were driven out of Bern. In 16th century, the hospital's chief minister was the Pietist theologian, Samuel Heinrich König. In 1829 and 1830, the vicar of the church was the poet Jeremias Gotthelf.

Old Town Bern Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

There is no entry tickets at Old Town Bern, but If you are staying in hotel or apartment in Bern, you will get a free Bern Ticket which can be used for public transportation.

How To Get Around?

You can take a stroll to see the sorrounding area of Old Town Bern. The buildings in Old Town Bern are close each other.Bern Train Station is in the heart of Bern city which is only 7 minutes walk from Old Town Bern. Also, there is free public transport across the entire town.

What Should I Wear?

You can wear clothes depend on the weather in Bern since there is no dress code to visit Old Town Bern.

Old Town Bern Facts

Best Time to Visit

You can visit Old Town Bern anytime you want. However, if you are looking for the ideal weather, May until September seem to be the best time to visit



Will I Need a Guide?

No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site.

How To Get There?

Old Town Bern is accessible by public transportation. Bern Train Station is only 7 minutes walking from Old Town Bern ad it is located in the heart of Bern. Bern public transports are required tickets. Tickets for Bern public transport can be bought at machines and in the LIBERO shop at Bern main station. Tickets are not sold on buses or trams. In addition to the normal tickets, and the multiple journey tickets, Bernmobil also sells short journey tickets with affordable price. The ticket machines at the tram and bus stops show which routes the short journey ticket is valid for.

Additional Info

Prefer to take credit and debit cards in spite of cash.