Bern on a Monsoon evening.. Switzerland Diaries

Switzerland is one of my many dream destinations, thanks to DDLJ, and when I made a trip to this scenic country, how could I have missed paying a visit to its capital - Bern.
Most of the tourists, especially from India go to Zurich, Interlakhen, Jungfrauroch, Geneva, Luzern etc., but we definitely wanted to go there.
Bern is one of those cities which has maintained its old charm despite a lot of urbanization. The old town of Bern is one of the UNESCO heritage sites.

How to go: Since this is a capital, it is very well connected to other cities in Switzerland.
Zurich-> Bern - 1 hour
Luzern -> Bern - 1 hour
Interlakhen -> Bern - 1 hour
Geneva -> Bern - 2 hours
The train timings can be checked on the Swizz train site -
or on the DB Bahn site -

We were in Luzern on that day and decided to visit Bern over the evening. So we took a train from Luzern and reached Bern at around 6pm. It was quite cloudy and dark and the month was December All the streets were lit up with Christmas lights and it looked beautiful.
There are many things you can visit there, but due to limitation of time and also it started to rain heavily, we only went few places.

Just like other Swiss cities, Bern can also be visited mostly on foot. However, it is long walk and I feel its better to day a day ticket for trams.

Old Town - I didn't find anything unique about it, it is quite similar to old towns in most of the European cities. When you walk down to the markets and plaza, you will see a glimpse of the old town while passing through it, so no need to go there separately.
Clock Tower - Lies within the Old Town, Clock Tower is nothing but a big Clock in the city and it rings at every hour.

Arcade - Shopping is indeed a delight in Bern. It is known for a 6 kms long shopping arcade, with all sorts of brands you can think of. During Christmas it is lit up completely and is full of people on Saturdays. It extends through the city and you cannot miss it while roaming around Bern

Parliament of Bern - This is the most prominent landmark of the capital and should not be missed. If you have an hour to spend in the city, this is the first place you should head to. The building stands tall beautifully and lights are mesmerizing during evenings.

All in all, I loved this city and would love to go there again, may be spend more time rather than just an evening. There is a bear park also that it boasts of, unfortunately we didn't visit there due to lack of time.
I will write more about my Swiss experiences in my later posts.


  1. whoaa... super fun... I didn't manage to do Bern when I was in Swiss... u r inspiring me to now... :-)

  2. Great. I could spend only 90 minutes here and was stunned by the city. Check my post here

    1. Thanks Shrinidhi.. I too read your Switzerland blog and loved it.. thanks for sharing :)

  3. Switzerland was on my list this year originally...but all the terror attacks make me jittery to travel to europe this year!!

  4. I didn't have much time in Bern, so I could just visit the Parliament. It was really nice and as you mentioned it looks amazing in the evenings!
    Great post!

    1. Thanks Arun!! Good that you visited the Parliament.. that's the only special building.. rest of the streets are almost similar to other Europe countries

  5. Wonderful night shots from the city.

  6. The night shots are ethereal, great post!

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  8. I was there around the same time :)
    The rosegarden and bear pit , bern museum are also some good places to visit

  9. Switzerland is my dream definition too, I hope to be there one day ☺️

    You seem to have had fun. I recently came to know about Bern too (met a tourist from there in Los Angeles).

    1. Thanks Arun... I wish you will visit to Switzerland someday.. and then do let me know how you liked it!!