Bern Walking tours

Our most recommended Bern Walking tours

Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

1. Bern: 90-Minute Stroll Through the Old Town

On this 90-minute stroll through Bern’s Old Town, your local guide will tell you about the city‘s 8 centuries of history. On rainy days, you can still enjoy this atmospheric area, as the arcades provide shelter. Admire the late Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and rendering of the Last Judgment. See the 13th-century Clock Tower (Zytglogge), where you can watch the fascinating show that happens on the hour. Who knows, you might even meet up with a member of the Federal Council in front of the Parliament building! Come along and discover the charms of the Swiss capital and this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a pleasant and leisurely walk.

Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

2. Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls. For over 600 years, the clock has struck on the hour. Inside, time seems to stand still and cool solitude awaits. The reliable ticks of the Middle Age technology impart a steadiness to visitors. Approximately 130 steps to the top of the spiral staircase lead you to a lookout platform. From here, see the roofs of the old city and maybe even the Alps. Visit the clockwork with your guide and follow the puppet show step by step until the famous rooster crows.

Bern Old City Walking Tour

3. Bern Old City Walking Tour

Learn the story of the capital of Switzerland and its most famous monuments on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic city center. See the large Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost) in the Old City (Altstadt), where the layout has remained unchanged for centuries. Walk along the Spitalgasse to arrive at the Baerenplatz, built during the 13th century expansion. Admire the government buildings of the Bundesplatz, where many Swiss banks are located, and see the oldest clock in Switzerland at the Zyttglogge. Get the chance to visit the Einstein House Museum, or climb the 344 stairs up the tower of Bern Cathedral. Look over the rooftops of the Old City on the banks of the Aare River with the snow-capped mountains of the Berner Oberland in the background. Discover the old Tramdepot brewery restaurant before ending in the Rosengarten, where the scent of more than 220 different species of roses is coupled with magnificent views of the city.

Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

4. Bern: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

Discover Bern in a nutshell and learn about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation of the city of Bern during this 1-hour walking experience. This experience is offered by a private local guide. During your walk through Switzerland’s capital, you will learn all about the local lifestyle and politics. You will be able to attain insider tips about cafes, restaurants and bars to visit, plus how to make the most of the city’s nightlife. Walking through the wide, well-organised cobblestone streets, you will discover the city’s many well-known fountains. Discover the famous clock tower and parliament house and stroll on the beautiful paths next to Aare River. Learn about the history and culture of the city from a local who loves the city and wants you to love it too!

Bern: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

5. Bern: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Experience an alternative side to the political city of Bern and immerse yourself in its booming artistic scene on this private tour with a local guide. Learn why thousands of art lovers from all over the globe flock to the city each year, attracted by the many cultural events or its rich atmosphere. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Bern and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the picturesque streets, admire impressive street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums, as well as hearing about several renowned artists such as Paul Klee and Markus Raetz and their connection to Bern. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical details of this multi-faceted Swiss city while diving into its art and culture from a local perspective.

Bern: Instagram Highlights Tour

6. Bern: Instagram Highlights Tour

Discover the most beautiful spots in Bern and get some great shots to upload on social media.   Take photos of the most unique places of Bern like Paul Klee Centre, the Zytglogge clock, or the Bundeshaus.  Visit places that are not too crowded and learn about the city from a local’s perspective.  Get useful tips from an on how to take the best photos with your phone or camera.

Bern: Guided City Introduction Walk

7. Bern: Guided City Introduction Walk

Enjoy the enchanting and colorful city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Throughout your experience you will be led by a local who will show you all of their favorite spots. Discover the best of the city as you venture off the beaten path to see Bern and experience it like a local. Feel as if you've stumbled into a city from another era as you get to know more about the local culture and find local spots where the residents like to go for a coffee or dinner. This experience aims to introduce you to Bern from a local's perspective. You'll uncover well-kept secrets of the city, many of which you might wish to return to throughout the rest of your stay in Bern.

Bern: Photogenic Discovery Tour

8. Bern: Photogenic Discovery Tour

If you want to spice up your Instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, this is the tour for you. Your guide will show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Bern and guide you with some useful tips on how to take the best photos with your phone or camera. Stroll through the city and take photos of the most unique places of Bern, such as Paul Klee Centre, the clock, or the Bundeshaus. As you travel, you will also get to know more about my city and learn about its secrets from a local. Give your Insta feed an upgrade whilst learning about Bern. Make sure you don’t book this experience too late, as you don’t want to miss the golden hours for photography.

Bern: Guided Historical City Walking Tour

9. Bern: Guided Historical City Walking Tour

Visit Berns beautiful medieval old town and learn about its history and the history of the Swiss confederation from the foundation period until today. Our guides are well versed in Switzerlands history, politics, tradition and contemporary life. Switzerland is unique in many ways. From conscription to the dual education system to the unique political instruments like referendums, motions or initiatives - we go all the way so that you will have a very in depth introduction to our beautiful country. Did you know for example that the Swiss voted no on a bill that guaranteed 6 weeks of holidays for everyone in a votation 2012. Did you know that the Swiss neutrality dates back to the 16th century. On our tour we interweave the history of our country with the manifold sites of Bern: Zytglogge, bear pit, federal palace of Switzerland, cathedral, historical museums and some strange fountains. We like our tours to be interactive and are open to discuss or answer any questions you might have about Switzerland: languages, culture, sports, music etc.

Bern: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

10. Bern: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Bern's political, cultural and architectural history on a walking tour with a passionate local guide. Meet your guide at Loebegge and embark on a journey through various time periods and their corresponding architectural styles as you discover some of the city's most important buildings. Learn more about how Bern has developed over time and get off the beaten track as you visit churches and much more. Discover the history behind the unique Zytglogge and Bundeshaus as you encounter sites that a normal tour group would not visit. During the tour, benefit from the knowledge and experience of a local guide who will share with you insider tips and the city's best-kept secrets. Feel free to inform your guide of any particular interests or desires you may have as they will be happy to adjust the itinerary to your requirements.

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What people are saying about Bern

We loved Jonas. He was full of information about the history of Bern but also interesting facts about the local life. I highly recommend this tour. Bern is a beautiful city.

It was a fun, fascinating and informative tour helping to illuminate a true piece of history and focal point in the city of Bern

Jonas was educational and interesting and friendly. We learned a lot about the history of Bern. Highly recommend!

Excellent guide and subject was of great fascination

Our guide was excellent, the clockwork fascinating!