In the heart of World Heritage Listed Old Bern it’s easy to forget that this grey-green cobbled fairytale city is the Swiss capital and not sleek, confident Zürich. Bern couldn’t be less similar, with its red roofs, four miles of atmospheric arcades, fountains, clocktowers and cellar shops and bars, and this is where you’ll find the cultural heart of the country. If you’re here to get lost in a new city then the best places to stay in Bern can be found in the old heart of town. And while Switzerland is known for being fairly pricey, some of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Bern are very affordable.
Part of being the cultural capital means having all the best museums, and Bern definitely doesn’t disappoint there:
Bern also has a wonderful collection of open air markets held in front of the parliament building - these food and flower markets aren’t just for visitors - a collection of cafes, bars, restaurants and microbreweries to rival any great European capital, some beautiful parks and some wonderful architecture - including eleven fantastical 16th Century fountains depicting characters from Swiss folklore. One of the most memorable is the Kindlifresserbrunnen, of the Ogre Fountain, which is an ogre eating children! You can see them all by strolling Marktgasse. Bern also has an unmissable Bear Park.
Our gurus recommendations for the best places to stay in Bern are all centrally located and make an ideal base for exploring the city whether you're after top notch luxury or a charming B&B.
This cool, designer B&B, in a handsome terrace, is a rarity in Switzerland’s capital city where hotel rooms and breakfasts are not cheap. It’s good value, stylish and laidback while owner Stefan is happy to provide insider tips on the city.
A charming hotel with Swiss-chalet looks yet only a 10-minute drive from Bern’s city centre. Comfortably traditional, with spacious rooms and glorious views, its trump card is its quirky jazz-theme bedrooms - music and memorabilia - and basement jazz club.
Everything you’d expect of a five-star, luxury hotel, the Bellevue Palace has in spades: vast rooms, marble bathrooms, richly decorated salons, smart dining and stunning views. But all mixed in with an unstuffy, easy-going atmosphere and flawless yet friendly service.