#BMCBern2016: Things You Shouldn’t Miss When in Bern
For a whole three days, the Tour de France 2016 is guesting in Switzerland. The first time in the 103 years old history of the biggest cycling race in the world, the ‘Grande Boucle’ is stopping by Switzerland’s capital city Bern. Bern is only a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Grenchen. We’ve listed some of our highlights of Switzerland's capital which you shouldn’t miss when you’re there - for the Tour de France or on any other occassion.
Six Kilometers of Arcades - "Bärner Loube"
Thanks to its six kilometers of arcades in the Old Town, Bern is home to one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe. This has its benefits not only in rainy weather, but also in high summer, when the shade is cool and pleasant. Speciality stores, boutiques, galleries and emporia filled with curiosities all make for happy window shopping. Bern’s museums, meanwhile, ensure that the city has plenty to inspire culture fans, too.
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Bundeshaus - "Bundeshuus"
The Swiss Parliament House is the seat of one of the world’s first modern democracies and is located in the capital, Bern. Although the Bundeshaus is Switzerland’s seat of government, it also offers a range of entertainment and event opportunities for locals and visitors alike: The terrace is an inviting place to sit as you enjoy the views of the Marzili public baths, the Aare, and the Gurten, Bern’s iconic local mountain.
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Bern Cathedral - "Bärner Münschter"
The Bern Münster Cathedral of St. Vincent is the most impressive late-Gothic building in the city and the largest and most important late medieval church in Switzerland. From this highest church tower in Switzerland (100 meter high) you may admire the magnificent view over the city and of the snow-covered mountains of the Bernese Oberland.
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Gurten - "Güsche"
Bern’s home mountain has plenty to offer to visitors. The traffic-free Gurten is reached on a ride in the red carriages of the funicular railway, departing from Wabern, in just a few minutes. And impressive views over and around the Aare and the city of Bern, as well as Mittelland and Jura as far as the Alps are viewed from the observation tower up there.
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Bern Bear Park - "Bäregrabe"
The bear is Bern’s heraldic animal – no wonder since 1513 bears have been at home in Bern; until 1857 in the town itself, then in the ‘Bear Pit’, and since 2009 in the new and spacious bear park. The site on the banks of the Aare stretches from the former bear pit opposite the Old Town to the river. The ‘Bear Pit’ still exists and has been listed as a federal cultural asset of national significance.
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Bern by Bike
How about discovering Bern and its surroundings by bike? The riders of the Tour de France are expected to arrive in the evening – which gives you some time not only to go for a sightseeing tour around Bern, but to jump on your bike for a quick spin, too. We’ve put together a 60 km tour on Strava. Click on the link to see the route in detail: https://www.strava.com/routes/5482979