The city of Berne or Bern, with a population of approximately 140,000, is the capital of Switzerland and the fourth largest city of the country. In 1983 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Berne, founded in 1191, is unique for its medieval architecture, fountains, bridges, Gothic cathedral, clock tower, bear park and nearly four miles of arcaded streets with modern shops. Because of its central location Berne can easily be reached from all parts of Switzerland, and due to the compactness of the city’s center, nestled on the Aare peninsula, everything is within easy walking distance.
For more information visit the website of the official Tourist Information Office of Berne: