City Manager Bern

City Manager Bern

Simone Rohrer

simone.rohrer@mycityhighlight.ch

Good To Know

1. The old town of Bern is one of 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Switzerland. The Medieval atmosphere with its numerous fountains, sandstone facades, alleyway, and historic towers is unique.

2. The 6 km arcades that stretch throughout the city are the perfect place for a stroll in any weather and are one of the longest sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

3. In summer, the Aare is an inviting place for swimming and sunbathing. You can pleasantly drift towards the Federal Palace in the clean water of the river.


The fastest option: by taxi. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Cost: ca. CHF 40.-.

The cheapest option: by bus to Belp and then by S-Bahn to Bern. The airport bus runs every half hour. The S-Bahn connects Bern and Belp every quarter of an hour. The total journey takes ca. 35 minutes: Costs without reductions: ca. CHF 10.-.


Police: 117
Ambulance: 144
Taxi: +41 31 371 11 11 (Bären Taxi), + 41 31 331 33 13 (Nova Taxi)


It easy to get around the city of Bern on foot – the distances are short. If you’re heading somewhere further away, you can get a single ticket (cost without reduction ca. CHF 4.-). It’s worth getting a day tickey for 3 trips or more (cost without reduction ca. CHF 12.-).


- Food specialties of the city: Berner Rösti: grated boiled (Gschwellti) or raw potato patties fried in a frying pan, with or without diced bacon, Berner Platte: various meats and sausages with sauerkraut or dried beans (Dörrbohnen) and boiled potatoes, Fondue & Raclette: Swiss cheese specialties (melted cheese), Bernese hazelnut gingerbread, Meitschibei: hazelnut pastries, Mandelbärli: biscuits in the shape of bears, Meringue: meringues made from sugared beaten egg white with whipped cream.

- Drink specialties of the city: Bärner Müntschi: beer from the Felsenau brewery, Aarewasser: cocktail with vodka and Blue Curacao, among other things.

- Typical meal times: lunch: 12.00 until 14.00, dinner: 18.00 until 21.00.

- Tipping: not necessary, but always welcome. For a cup of coffee that costs CHF 4.20, for example, you can round up to CHF 4.50. At a meal, the tip may also be more generous. If you didn't like the food or were not satisfied with the service, then you don't have to give a tip.

- Is the tap water safe to drink? Yes


- A cup of coffee at a restaurant: CHF 4.20.
- A lunch menu at a restaurant: CHF 16.00 - 25.00
- A ride in a taxi (cost/km): basic charge CHF 6.80 + CHF 3.90 - 5.10 / km (depending on the time of day


Where to go out:
- Upper old town (Aarbergergasse & Speichergasse): this neighbourhood is home to Club Bonsoir and the Café-Bar Turnhalle, among others, which are listed as highlights by MyCityHighlight.
- Kornhausplatz & Hotelgasse: this neighbourhood is where you'll find the Club du Theatre and Leichtsinn Bar & Lounge, among others, which are listed as highlights by MyCityHighlight.
- Lower old town (Kramgasse & Gerechtigkeitsgasse): in this neighbourhood you'll find a lot of cosy cellar bars, such as the Abflugbar, among others, which is listed as a highlight by MyCityHighlight.

Opening times:
Mostly from 22:00 to approximately 03.00; but most locals hardly go out before 24.00 (mainly true for clubs).


Shopping areas:
- Upper old town (Spitalgasse & Marktgasse): this neighbourhood is where you'll find the department store Loeb, as well as Bijou Les Boutiques, among others, which are listed as highlights by MyCityHighlight. You will also find international chains here.

- Lower old town (Kramgasse & Gerechtigkeitsgasse): this district is home to lots of small specialty stores, including the Vom Fass shop and Heimatwerk Bern, which are listed as highlights by MyCityHighlight.

- Shopping Center Westside: mostly international chains

- Wankdorf Center: mostly international chains

Opening times:
Usually Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 19.00 open continuously and Saturday from 8.00 to 17.00 open continuously. Some specialty stores (mainly small ones) close at noon. Closed on Sundays. But if you need something urgently on a Sunday, you'll find a selection of shops open in the main railway station.


Migros, Coop, Denner


- Bernese locals are generally considered a bit slow (deliberate) and unhurried.
- Waste should always be disposed of in one of the numerous rubbish bins (fines for littering from CHF 40.00).
- PET beverage bottles are non-returnable. However, PET bottles should not be disposed of in the normal waste. There are special collection points/waste bins for them everywhere.
- Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public buildings (including public transport, restaurants, bars, and clubs), unless there are special smoking compartments (fumoirs) available.
- Before drinking an alcoholic beverage, you first chink glasses (especially at dinner). When chinking glasses, you look the other person in the eye.


Good day: Grüessech
Hello: Hallo, Hoi, Tschou, Sälü
Thank you: Merci / Dankä
You're welcome: Bitte
Goodbye: Adiö, uf Wiederluege, Tschüss, Sälü


„Bern rollt“
"Bern rollt" lend city bikes and children's bikes at several locations in Berne. The locations are the railway station: Milchgässli or Postpark, at the Hirschengraben, at the von Roll building (Güterbahnhof) or at the Zeughausgasse. For the rental you must deposit the ID and 20CHF. The first four hours are free, each additional hour costs 1CHF. E-bikes can be borrowed at Hirschengraben and Zeughausgasse for CHF 5 per hour. For e-bikes you should make a reservation.

Rent a bike
With Rent a Bike, you can hire bicycles, mountain bikes, e-bikes and children's bikes at the train station of Bern (at the luggage rack). The bicycles are picked up at the Bern station, but can also be returned at a different station. The bike rental for one day costs between 30-80 CHF depending on the bike.


My souvenir recommendations

Bernese gingerbread

Bernese gingerbread

The Gingerbread with hazelnut pieces or honey and the bear in the middle is typical of Berne. It is available in almost all the pastry shops and grocery stores.

Reinhard Marktgasse Reinhard Marktgasse , Marktgasse 54, 3011 Bern

Reinhard Bahnhof Reinhard Bahnhof , Bahnhof Bern, 3011 Bern

Reinhard Spitalgasse Reinhard Spitalgasse , Spitalgasse 37, 3011 Bern

Mandelbärli

Mandelbärli

The Mandelbärli is a delicious pastry with almonds in the form of a small bear. It is available in each Glatz office or on the Coop.

Beck Glatz Confiseur Waisenhausplatz Beck Glatz Confiseur Waisenhausplatz , Waisenhausplatz 21, 3011 Bern

Beck Glatz Confiseur Hirschengraben Beck Glatz Confiseur Hirschengraben , Hirschengraben 6, 3011 Bern

Beck Glatz Confiseur Länggasse Beck Glatz Confiseur Länggasse , Mittelstrasse 8, 3012 Bern

Loeb Loeb , Spitalgasse 47-51, 3011 Bern

Beck Glatz Confiseur Marktgass-Passage Beck Glatz Confiseur Marktgass-Passage , Marktgass-Passage 1, 3011 Bern

Syrup from Le Sirupier de Berne

Syrup from Le Sirupier de Berne

In particular, the "Besser aus Ystee" and "Elfen" syrup are sensational. Available in Sirupier de Berne, Waffenweg 9, Berne or in various bakeries and pharmacies.

Loeb Lebensmittel Loeb Lebensmittel , Schauplatzgasse 37, 3011 Bern, Schweiz

Tingel Kringel Tingel Kringel , Mittelstrasse 12, 3012 Bern

City Managers favorite places

5/5

Zehndermätteli

Restaurants

The Zehndermätteli is a beautiful garden restaurant a bit outside of the city.

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5/5

Rosengarten

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

The vue on the oldtown of Berne from the Rosengarten is extraordinary. The sunset is a special highlight.

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4.5/5

Bierhübeli

Nightlife

The Bierhübeli is a concert and party location. More than 120 concerts and partys per year are held here.

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Apfelgold

Coffee, Tea, Bistros and Gelaterias

The Apfelgold (applegold) is a sweet café in the Länggasse. It is very comfortable furnished and there is a restful atmosphere. Here you can get coffee, tea and sweets from Thursday to Sunday. A speci...

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4.7/5

Gurten

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

The Gurten is the city mountain of Berne, from which one has a magnificent view of the city. Especially for families, the park is very recommendable - it offers a huge playground, electric cars, a sma...

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4/5

Gelateria di Berna Breitenrain

Coffee, Tea, Bistros and Gelaterias

The best ice-cream from Berne.

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4.9/5

Freibad Marzili

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

The most famous open-air swimming pool in Bern, located below the federal parliament building. The entrance is free

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4.7/5

Altes Tramdepot

Restaurants

The "Altes Tramdepot" is a beer brewery and also a restaurant. It is located next to the famous "Bärenpark" and has a nice view over the old town of Berne.

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5/5

Sky Terrace Hotel Schweizerhof Bern

Restaurants

From the Sky Terrace on top of the hotel Schweizerhof, you have a magnificent view on the city.

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Top 10 for first-time visitors

5/5

Rosengarten

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

The vue on the oldtown of Berne from the Rosengarten is extraordinary. The sunset is a special highlight.

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5/5

Bärenpark

Sights

The Bärenpark is the home of several brown bears and can be visited 24 hours a day. It is situated right next to the Aare river, opposite the old town.

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5/5

Federal Palace (Bundeshaus)

Sights

Housing of the Swiss Federal Assembly (federal parliament) and the Federal Council.

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4.9/5

Freibad Marzili

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

The most famous open-air swimming pool in Bern, located below the federal parliament building. The entrance is free

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4.9/5

Loeb

Shops and markets

The most famous shopping center in Berne.

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