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A nice day trip from Geneva is to the city of Bern.   Bern is the capital of Switzerland.    I like Bern because it is quintessential Swiss, while being a large city.   Luzern is also similar in feel.

What is there to do in Bern?

  • The large main street has beautiful architecture.  It is interesting to walk down the street.  I found the storefronts below the street’s surface interesting.
  • You can walk to the end of town to see the bears.  I’d also recommend the brewery that overlooks the bear park.
  • There is a neat neighborhood with charming little flats located just below the brewery.  It is nice to take a stroll and check out the cute village feel of this area.
  • There is a really nice riverfront.  In the summer, you can do the “Bern River Float” and let the river carry you while renting a cabana for your stuff.  However, the day that my friend and I went in June, it was too cold.
  • If the weather is overcast, or if you happen to be a museum buff vs architecture buff anyhow, there are many museums in Bern including Paul Klee and Einstein.   There is a website that lists all the information in English.
Here are a few snapshots from our visit:

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What do you think of Bern?  Any other tips that I missed?


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