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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2016
Luggage storage at train station  (1 Answer)

Hi! Just want to ask if it is possible to store my luggage at the train station in Bern while checking out the city for a couple of hours?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2016
Planning BERN  (1 Answer)

Greetings . We are family of 5 (3 teen age children and 2 adults), looking to visit Switzerland. Pressed on time, do you think one a half day is sufficient to see the highlights of Bern? We have the following plan in place. 1. How doable is this plan? 2. Anything worthy missing? 3. Do you suggest to take something out? 4.Should we factor in any cost for the below suggestions? PLAN: Most scenic WALKS: a. along the banks of the Aare through the English gardens b. Popular Streets: Spitalgasse, Marktgasse, Kramgasse, Gerechtikkeitsgasse c. Major Square: Theatreplatz, Kornhausplatz, Ogre Fountain , Rathausplatz d. Major Bridge: Kirchenfeldbrucke, Kornhausbrucke, Lorainebrucke e. Most panoramic attraction atop Mount Gurten. f. Most obvious place to start walk: from Bahnhofplatz, down the Spitalgasse, under the prison tower, into the Marketgasse, and then on by way of the clock tower and the Kramgasse. From the end of the street, by the Nydeggbrucke (bridge, which gives a really good view down on to the roofs of the old town) either go over the bridge to the bear pit, or turn back through the Junkerngasse, turn let and come back via Rathausgasse. g. Rosengarten

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2015
Day trip in Bern  (3 Answers)

Hi - what are the must see if I only have a day trip in Bern? =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2015
Hotel in Bern  (6 Answers)

Hallo my friends. Any idea of a decent budget hotel in Bern? Or an apartment. We are 3 adults arriving by car.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Basel-Bern transportation  (2 Answers)

Hi. Do you recommend train or bus to go from Basel to Bern? Trains seem to be pretty expensive! Would bus ticket prices be similar?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2015
Shop for Cuban Cigars  (4 Answers)

Hello - is there a shop that sells a range of Cuban Cigars in Bern?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
Restaurant for Families

We (family with two little kids) will be meeting friends from the US (kids as well) for Dinner in Berne or vicinity.
Any inputs for something that's touristically interesting?
Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2015
AU$ dollar to Swiss Franks  (3 Answers)

If I have Australian dollar notes with me, is it easy to find a money changer or a bank to change the Australian currency to Swiss currency in Bern? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2015
Airport > Hotel  (2 Answers)

How much roughly a taxi would cost from Bern airport to Hotel Landhaus Altenbergstrasse 4, Bern.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2014
4 nights in Bern  (2 Answers)

We are Balinese (a couple) hot island (all year from 24-35 degree C), we will be in Europe for experiencing the snow. We will be arriving in Bern in February from Aix-En-Provence. Our plan is to go to Jungfraujoch for 1 day also Tobboging if possible? How do I reach to the top of Europe?
2nd day : Bric and Gruyere for chocolate and cheese, it will be fine with trains.
3rd day : I don't know yet what to do, any recommendation?
4th day : depart to Milan.

All your information will be considerated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 09, 2013
Christmas eve church service  (1 Answer)

Do you recommend a church for a Christmas eve service in Bern?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2013
Pls. recommend a place for skiing - First time in Bern  (4 Answers)

Hello, please recommend a place for skiing (beginner) which is near the city in Bern Switzerland. Also is it open until March? How far is it from the city going to the destination (2 hours, 3 hours, etc)? What should I take, a bus or train? (If you can give instructions or information that will be great).

Thank you and hoping to get a reply from you guys.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2013
First time in Bern  (3 Answers)

Hello, next year probably around March 2014 (2nd week or 3rd week) or May 2014 (2nd or 3rd week), I'll be visiting Bern. With that, can you give me tips like (1) What type of clothes should I wear since I think it's still cold at that time -during March (is it trench coat, bubble jacket, etc), what about during May (2) If I want to travel at one landmark to another should I go for bus or train and how much usually are the costs, for instance from Rose Garden to Einstein House or from Cathedral of Bern to House of Parliament. (3) Where are the best place to eat (I prefer near the landmarks/attractions) (4) Food recommendations and prices - it's okay if not exact price (5) Good hotel place with cheaper price if you know any name/s, please specify location too. If I missed some questions you may add other tips as well.

Thank you so much and hoping to get a feedback from you guys! :D :D :D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2013
Helppppppppppppppppppppppppppp  (1 Answer)

Having a small intimate civil wedding ....can anyone help me ? I am trying to find a hotel...grotto or somthing where I can do an after wedding aperitif and snacks for eating where the people will set up a couple of tables really nice with flowers .........would like it to be in the malcantone area of Ticino......pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help with your ideaskind regardschristina

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2013
Hippy dress  (7 Answers)

where can I find hippyish clothes ? I live in Bern... ..looking for long hippy dresses or oriental long dresses? helpppppppp need one for a wedding.....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2013
4 Days in Bern  (8 Answers)

We will be spending 4 whole days in Bern in September. Apart from the city itself we would like to visit some places within comfortable reach. There seems to be so many places to choose from that I thought I'd ask for expert advice.
The Jungfrau Railway seems a fair trek and expensive but it would be good to get up into the mountains. Then there are the lakes as well some interesting towns. Such a lot to do in such a short space of time which is why I could do with some guidance.
Bearing in mind that I haven't got deep pockets any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2013
Barenpark  (8 Answers)


I am not sure if have heard there is an free elevator from the River (near Barenpark) to the Cathedral. Am I wrong?

Could anybody tell me if bears at Barenpark have been moved to Historical Museum? If not, is there an specific timetable to see the bears at Barenpark, I mean, is it possible to see them at 20:00 p.m. next Friday?

Thank you. Regards.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2012
Somewhere for 13 people for 1 night in summer in western switzerland  (3 Answers)

I am organizing a railathon round Europe, 23 capitals in 16 days by train, and some other stuff. Unfortunately, despite 18 months preparation, it's just become 17 days. The Elipsos sleepers, out of Zurich and Milan, to Barcelona have been cancelled.
So I need to find beds for 13 of us for a night in western Swiss. I've tried the City Hostel in Geneva and Glocke in Bern, and both told me they cant take me. Hostels dont like large bookings for 1 night in summer. We will be in Zurich for 18:15. Zurich is a bit too east for us. The following day I want to go via Lyon, for the finest train picnic of the entire route, and onto Limoges to get the only remaining sleeper into Spain.
There are two reasons I want hostels, Firstly it's cheaper of course, but also, if we are all in double rooms I would have to go round waking everyone up.
There's another more drastic option. At the start of the day we will wake up in Milan on a sleeper from Rome. I dearly want to take everyone over the Bernina, in open top carriages, which I consider the best railway ride there is, anywhere. But we could just get the Simplon and be in France in no time, but then we loose almost all of Switzerland, which is a bit dumb if we are doing the ultimate European railway trip.
I guess we are all going to have to join the YHA (though if we do, for the extra we could just as easily get rooms in a cheap hotel).
This is a vague and difficult question to answer, but any input most welcome.

The Great Circular European Railway Challenge

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2012
Hotel Wilhelm Tell - Anyone out there with a Review?  (3 Answers)

I am down to my 6 days before getting to Bern and we are still going back and forth between hotels! Can someone please provide recommendations for this hotel:

? I don't see any reviews in the forums - your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2012
Transportation  (13 Answers)

Hi, everyone! I'm from Rio de Janeiro and will be visiting Bern this March. I was wondering if anyone could help me getting around in the city. I'll be arriving at the Belp airport at night and my hotel is on Weihergasse. If I take the bus from the airport, where should I get off and what means of transportation should I then take to get to Weihergasse?
Another question. I'll leave for Lyon from Bern and have checked fares with Rail Europe. However, I found out the site charges 40% the price of shares for my reservation. Is that practice and it gets this expensive anyway if I decide to buy the tickets once in Bern or they are charging it because I'm in Brazil and buying it online from here? I just don't want to be a sucker and waste money I would gladly spend shopping in the city.
Thank you guys!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 22, 2011
Fondue vs Raclette  (12 Answers)

Hi there:

Two questions:

- Which one would you choose?
- I've read some tips, but, could you suggest a good restaurant (I prefer not too expensive)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2011
Hotel recommendations  (5 Answers)

We are interested in staying in central Bern over the New Years. 3 stars or higher and within walking distance to trains. We have scanned many of the hotels in the area, and are just looking for any recommendations or experiences you may have. We would like to stay at 200 USD or less nightly. Regards!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2011
B&B at Bern  (1 Answer)

Can anyone suggest a safe and good B&B accomodation at Bern, apart from

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2011
Local transport  (1 Answer)

What is the operation time for local transport? I would reach Bern railway at 23:30 on a Sunday and would like to take tram 9. Will it be running at 23:30? I googled but didn't find the answer.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2011
Self Catering Accom in Bern ?  (6 Answers)

Hi Everyone, We are an Australian couple planning to spend a week in Bern in July. Does anyone know of any self catering accom? We have just spent 2 full days online & so far have only come up with one appartment.
We are coming to Bern to meet our new Ganddaughter who was born early Jan & dont really fancy spending the whole week in a hotel.
Thanks for your input. Regards, Pam & Fred

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2011
Bern for 1 day in March  (8 Answers)

Hi there!

I'm from Fortaleza, Brazil, and I'm planning a trip to Europe in March, and I should arrive in Bern from Frankfurt little before midnight on the 6th and will stay there only one day.
I have a few questions on the city, and I hope they aren't too much:

- First of all, how will weather be by that time of the year? Is the city really worth visiting in that weather? What should I wear?
- what's the cheapest way of getting from the main train station to a central area in the city?
- I would need a cheap place to stay... what would you recommend? Good location and bed & breakfest, please. =)
- Is it possible to see the best of the city in one day? What is worth seeing and how can I move around in the city? Are there guided city tours or something like that? Are they expensive?
- Cheap places to eat decent food?

- Can anyone give me prices in general, like how much a person would spend in a day there, in a cheap travel. I really don't know what to expect.

- Further tips and recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a lot in advance! =)

Best greetings!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2010
Market Day on 7/31?  (3 Answers)

Hi Everyone,

We have a few days in Bern are eager to experience a big Market Saturday. Does anyone know if it will be changed or canceled because apparently it's a holiday weekend?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2010
No apartments to rent in Bern!?  (3 Answers)

Hello, guys.
One full day I was browsing the Internet searching for an apartment in Bern for 2 weeks - our first trip to Switzerland. The total number of suggested apartments was about 5-6. Almost all were studio.

During last 15 years we travel and stay in apartments all over Europe without any problem. Each big city (not to mention capitals) suggests hundreds of apartments of all kinds.

Now, from the situation in Bern I conclude one of the following:
1. I do not know how to search in Bern (most probable).
2. Bern is not enough interesting city to stay in it for more then a day or two.
3. Swiss national habits are very different.

I shall be thankful to Berners for any comment/explanation/hint.
Best Regards

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2009
any mosques?  (1 Answer)

hi guys!
are there any mosques in Bern? and if there are any, does anybody know visiting possibilities?

BEst wished aus Litauen,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2009
Places to visit in Bern?  (6 Answers)

Will be travelling to Bern at the end of June on business.
As I won't have much of free time would like to visit places that really worth visiting in Bern.
Could anyone local recommend me something?

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