Don't sit at home.
One of my favorite places is Berne, the capital of Switzerland.
When I first came there, I travelled by train, I noticed that the city hasn’t high building. The highest tower is about 100,6 meters. This fact gives the city this little touch of beauty. So, after we checked-in in our hotel in the old town, we searched something to eat. And there are so many places where you can eat. A place where almost every kind of restaurant has his sit is near the Federal Place in Berne. But my insider tip for you is the Rosengarten (rose garden). You take a bus to Bärengraben, then you go further up and somewhere you’ll see the rose garden. This garden isn’t very special, I mean there are a lot of better rose gardens, but you have a very beautiful view to the city. You’re on a hill and because Berne is so flat, you almost see everything from up there. And there’s also a restaurant. Well, it’s quiet expensive and if you don’t want to spend a lot of money for average food, you can go anywhere else. But you have to come up there for the view.
As I mentioned before, there’s the Bärengraben (bear pit). As you know, you can’t see them in the winter and sometimes you’re unlucky and you don’t see them even in the other seasons, but usually you’ll see them walking around. It’s next to the river called Aare.
Another place where I can recommend is the Münster (minster). You have to buy a ticket in the Münster when it’s open, and then you can climb several stairs up (there’s no elevator). But the view from the top is worth it.
The transportation system is awesome. They arrive at the time (+/- 1-2 minutes). I’ll recommend you a day ticket, so you can drive as much as you want. You also can rent bikes, but I really recommend you to take the bus and trams, because it’s so much easier.
What can you do?
In Bern, there’s a cinema, a bowling center, you can walk along the river, you can do sightseeing (Zytglogge, Käfigturm, Bundeshaus, Market), go to the zoo (Dählhölzli), go swimming (River in the summer, Ka-We-De, Westside…), go shopping, go climbing (It’s a play park, I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s fun).
Best time to visit
I think every season is great except for winter it. Although in the summer, it can go up to 32°, in spring the weather changes a lot (In the morning sunny, rain in the afternoon) and in the autumn there’s sometimes a strong wind.
Berne is a fantastic city and it’s not full of tourists. There are some lovely shops and the atmosphere is great. Berne is well-known as the slowest city of Switzerland (don’t ask me why). I give you my recommendation, but don’t stay for a week. I think 2-4 days is enough, because you can’t do a lot of things in the city. But if you go outside the city, then you really can spend a whole week there.