Bern Tourism

Switzerland’s capital city, you can’t visit the country and not the city! A holiday in Bern will leave you enraptured in a time travel capsule. Stone arcades, cobblestoned streets and the crisp air of the Al Stadt, you just stray away from your itinerary once the magic of Bern engulfs you.

As long as you’re planning your Bern tour, make sure you pass through the astronomical clock tower, Bear Park and Einstein’s house. There’s a tourist office at Bern’s train station in case you should need any tourist information. Whilst you’re soaking in the sights and sounds of Bern, take time off to see the city sans any travel guide.

Essential travel information and Bern tips for your visit

  • Although Bern is considered a safe city in Switzerland, it is the capital city and is subjected to political demonstrations that require police intervention.
  • Avoid making any eye contact or any confrontation with groups of drunken people at night, especially around the railway station.
  • The police in Bern are known to stop tourists and ask for identification; carry a copy of your visa, passport and hotel card/reservation on you at all times to avoid an unpleasant run-in with the police.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bern

  • Know the pollution level of Bern before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.67 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Bern for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bern.

    • Burglary and Theft 15 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 10 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 2.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 10 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 80 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 10 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 10 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 17.5 (Very Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bern is 204.06 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 87.35 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 79.86 (High)
    • Pollution Index 16.09 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.25 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 113.73 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 75 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.85 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 120.84 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bern

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 18.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 111.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 102.79 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

* Some of the data on this page is powered by Numbeo