Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Bern Bern

The four star Hotel Bern is situated amidst the old houses of the Swiss capital, but retains its own glamourous modern feel. With an excellent restaurant, and even better access to the main attractions of Bern, this Best Western hotel is a popular and convenient option for a one or two night stay as part of a longer Swiss rail journey.
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  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
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Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Bern, Bern

Hotel Bern is a 4-star hotel offering excellent value for money in an excellent central location. Modern accommodation and delicious cuisine make this an ideal spot to recuperate after enjoying the delights of Bern.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located near the shores of the Aare River and the Zytglogge

Closest airport Zurich International Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 90-minutes' drive from Zurich International Airport

Closest railway station Bern Train Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 5-minutes' drive from Bern Train Station

Hotel facilities and services

City Restaurant, Bar.

Out and about nearby

During your stay in Bern, we recommend conducting a self-guided tour around the town, stopping off at the key cultural and historic sites. Perhaps begin with the Federal Palace of Switzerland, with its magnificent domed hall and majestic exterior. Visit the Bern Historical Museum, the second largest historical museum in Switzerland and reminiscent of an old castle. The Natural History Museum is known for its life-size dioramas. Then, perhaps move on to the Zentrum Paul Klee, which exhibits over 4000 of Klee's works, or the Swiss Alpine Museum, which hosts temporary exhibitions with mountain themes. More artwork can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts or the Kunsthalle. The Zytglogge mechanical clock tower is an iconic symbol for Bern, as are the brown bears in the Bärengraben Park. The town's religious history can be explored in the 15th century Bern Minster, which has a spectacular and unusual tower, the Nydeggkirche, and the imposing Church of the Holy Ghost. To complete your tour, visit the 16th century Kindlifresserbrunnen fountain, the Münsterplatz, or the Moossee Lake just outside of Bern.

Sports nearby

Swimming, Biking, Hiking, River Rafting, Kayaking, Paddle-boarding, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Skiing (winter), Golf.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1966

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Bern, Bern

Room descriptions

Hotel Bern has 99 rooms with wifi, television, telephone, radio, safe, refrigerator, desk, seating area, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary mineral water, and king size bed.

Single Economy Room
Single Business Room
Double Economy Room
Double Standard Room
Double Comfort Room
Triple Room

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1966

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Bern, Bern

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Bern, our clients usually arrive by train at Bern railway station. The hotel is about 5 minutes’ walk from the station.

Additional information

Children: Children under 12 stay in their parents' room free of charge. Children under 6 also receive complimentary breakfast. Children staying in an interconnecting room are charged 50% of standard rate.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1966

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Bern, Bern

Highlights of Bern

The city of Bern itself is undoubtedly the main attraction of this region. The beautifully preserved Old Town has remained popular with artists and writers throughout history, with an infectious, laid-back atmosphere. Fountains, enumerating more than 100 and dating from the Middle Ages, dot the streets, topped with colourful statues of folkloric and historic figures. A late Gothic town hall is the seat of the local political decisions in Bern, though the sensational House of Parliament provides a much grander, more ornate face for Swiss diplomacy. The main copper-clad dome has become a well-known image associated with the city. Parliament Square is possibly the best place to enjoy the majesty and grandeur of Bern, with jets of water, which represent the 26 cantons, that are illuminated in the evening, and an ice rink in the winter. Bern Cathedral is the largest ecclesiastical building in Switzerland and its construction originally begun in the early 15th century; the spire was not completed until the late 19th century. From the top of the spire, visitors can enjoy views all the way into the Bernese-Mittelland, with the grand silhouettes of the Alps rising in the distance. For a further taste of Bern's history, spend an hour or two at the Bernisches Historisches Museum, which also has an inbuilt Einstein Museum. The artefacts and exhibits here are recognised to be world-class, with Burgundy tapestries, ethnographic objects, and prehistoric remains. However, what may be the most iconic symbol for Bern, is the astronomical Zytglogge Clock Tower, with its several revolving faces and unique hands. To the east of the city of Bern is the region of Emmental, where dairy farming comprises the main economy and two river basins make the land remarkably flat in comparison to the snow-capped Alps on the horizon. Irregularly-shaped fields are lush shades of green and grazed on by cattle. Should you head out this way while staying in Bern, ensure you pick up some Emmental cheese from its place of origin. For an insight into this picturesque agricultural region, drive or catch a train to Burgdorf to visit the Castle Museum Burgdorf, the former home of the Dukes of Zahringen. Alternatively, visit the Regional Museum Chuechlichus Langnau, which is housed in one of the region's oldest buildings. In Affoltern im Emmental, be sure to visit the Emmental Show Dairy, with its cheese factory, two restaurants, and small village atmosphere. To the west of Bern is the Gantrisch Nature Park, a rightly-preserved expanse of green plains interspersed with canyons, quaint villages, unusually-shaped jagged mountain bluffs, and rare wild- and plant-life. Some highlights of the Park, aside from the numerous hiking and walking paths, include the atmospheric ruins of the 11th century Rueggisberg Priory and the Uecht Observatory, which affords visitors stunning views across the miles-upon-miles of surrounding countryside.

Cultural highlights of Bern

On the border between the cantons of Bern and Fribourg is the small region of Laupen. The little town of the same name has a beautiful medieval centre with original 11th century houses. Laupen is the perfect place to soak up a sense of culture outside of Bern, with examples of traditional craftsmanship, ancient monuments, and the agricultural way of life. Laupen Castle sits on the confluence of the Sense and Saane Rivers, a position that gave it a significant advantage in the 14th century against the Habsburgs. Today, its tall stone walls are topped with towers and houses that have dark wooden beams and peaked terracotta-tile roofs. At the entrance, a pretty chalet-esque house with pink flower window-boxes supports part of the archway. The views from the top transport you back in time with views over more terracotta roofs, this time on the white-washed houses of the town. In the far east of the Canton of Bern is the Oberaargau Region, which is a natural haven for outdoorsy visitors, and therefore the perfect place to enjoy long scenic bike rides, gentle strolls, and slow boat trips past meadows. We would highly recommend paying a visit to the Burgaschsee, believed to be a remnant of the Rhone Glacier, as well as the water meadows that are the last preserved in the country, the ethereal 14m high Mutzbackfall, and the St. Urban former monastery. Whichever part of the canton your exploration is focused on, Bern has an abundance of natural, cultural, and historic attractions that will surely keep you entertained for days.

Festivals in Bern

Due to the history of the Bern area, throughout the year there are a vast number of festivals which celebrate traditional Swiss Culture. On the last Wednesday of September, Zaziwil holds the Brachete Zaziwil, a festival that enacts the traditional breaking of the flax. Women dress in traditional dress to craft linens and cloths from the flax, and a range of local products are sold at stalls, including schnapps, braided bread, and cheese. In early to mid October, the Shnit International Short Film Festival is held in Bern, celebrating the best of Swiss Short Film. Through late October and November, the Parliament Building becomes the canvas for the Rendez-Vous Bunesplatz light and sound show. On the fourth Monday in November, Bern hosts the Onion Market, which follows the traditions of folk festivals. In mid-May, Bern demonstrates its best Jazz music at the International Jazz Festival. The Sauerkraut Festival on the third Sunday of October involves the mass-process of shredding, salting, smashing, packing, and canning one of Switzerland and Germany's most famous ingredients. At the Rueggisberg Priory Ruins in the middle of summer, the old walls come alive with music, theatre, and art.

Gastronomy in Bern

Bern is an ideal destination for food lovers and gastronomists, with over 1,300 Gault & Millau points spread across the city. Rustic, homely restaurants serving hearty home-cooked food sit beside chic gourmet establishments, offering a range of choice, flavours, and delicacies for visitors to try. One of the key dishes of the area is the Rosti; though this pan-fried potato dish is most commonly associated with Valais when sprinkled with bacon bits and topped with a fried egg, it was eaten for breakfast in Bern long before the people of Valais put their twist on it. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Lekerlis biscuits with hazelnuts that originated in Bern. These biscuits have a gingerbread-like flavour and are excellent alongside a hot drink. Of course, no trip to Switzerland is complete without trying an authentic fondue.

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