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Things to Do for Free in Bern

Bern, the capital of Switzerland, is a diverse

 and beautiful city. 

Bern has quite a few attractions and historic sites, as well as active cultural life. 
I had the chance to visit the city and see its natural beauty....and the memories goes on and on...

It is easy to get around by foot in Bern and the tourist attractions are mainly in the city centre.  Switzerland is known to be an expensive travellers destination and Bern is not an exception. Though it is an expensive city, that is not the focus of this article. We will identify places that is free to enjoy, places that you can visit without spending entrance fees. If you are into it, go ahead and continue reading...

The only places that our host spent his Swiss francs was when we had our lunch and dinner at restaurants. One of the most beautiful places and explicit ambience is the Rosegarten or Rose Garden Restaurant overlooking the Münster-Cathedral in the Old Town. Our space in this restaurant is truly great that I took pictures of my hosts leaving no doubt that they will always be remembered.




The city was built with local sandstone in Gothic style with gables, bay windows, and more arcades than any of the city in Europe.
 
Throughout the city are towers and lots of old fountains and that includes the Münster-Terrasse, a square in front of the Cathedral, which became a famous meeting place.

The fantastic Zytglogge Clock Tower has puppets that pop out before the hour and perform a little skit. Watching the puppet is an entertainment in itself.




Let me show you around Bern. Come along with me and re-discover more of this beautiful city……

Zentrum Paul Klee
A museum in Bern dedicated to Paul Klee, an artist, painter. The museum opens in 2005 and now considered the world's largest collection of works of art by Paul Klee. This museum showcased Paul Klee's creativity.

Paul Klee museum opens from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. It is situated at Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3000 Bern, Switzerland.

Einsteinhaus
Einstein is a physicist who formulated his Special Theory of Relativity that made him famous.

Einsteinhaus used to be the residence of Albert Einstein from 1903 to 1905. He, his wife and son occupied and resided in a flat on the second floor of the apartment while his life and works are presented on the third floor.

To learn more about Einstein, visit Einsteinhaus at Kramgasse 49, Bern 3011, Switzerland. Its opening hours: 10 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Sunday. The current Entrance Fee is CHF6 and CHF4.50

The Aare River
On my visit to Bern, I had the chance to see the river and realized how beautiful and how the locals enjoy it. During summer, jumping from a bridge to swim or stay afloat, rafting and following the flow of the water or simply walking alongside the river are some of the activities you will encounter.  The moment you see the Bernese love their river, you may be tempted to join in.

The Bern Minster
A cathedral that you should not miss visiting in the Old Town of Bern. Go up to the tower and enjoy the view of the city and the snow-capped mountains. You may check more information especially the opening hours of the church and its tower.

The Bear Park 
It is one of the tourist attractions in the city. It is an enclosure housing bears which is a heritage site of national significance because the bear is a symbol of the city of Bern. 

The Bear Park is open for free and accessible every day round the clock. It is situated at the new park adjacent to the former Barengraben along the bank of Aare River.

It was full of excitement in Bern during my stay. It was worth remembering every moment we had with our long time friend Pacita and husband Paul Knubel. It was nice to have them going around cities in Switzerland including Bern.

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