Destination guide

Bern, baby, Bern! Fun and excitement around every corner

While Bern isn't home to any dragons or princes, the picturesque city may conjure images of a fairy tale kingdom. Book a Bern vacation rental and spend your days strolling along cobblestone streets dotted with ornate fountains and sandstone buildings. The charming medieval city is also known for its cosy, covered arcades which house everything from bars and cafes, to boutique shops and galleries. Art fiends will fall in love with Bern's impressive museums, many of which highlight some of Europe's finest collections of artwork.

Things to do

Time is on your side – classic clocks on display

Bern is home to a slew of historic attractions, but perhaps none more beloved than Zytglogge, a medieval astronomical clock adorned with dancing figures. If you stop by the Albert Einstein House and Museum, you can learn all about the famed 20th-century figure's life as a Bern resident, or for a change of pace, you could take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, set along the banks of the Aare River. If you have a political junkie staying in your Bern vacation rental, they'll love a visit to the Houses of Parliament, where they can watch legislators in action.

Activities

From markets to mountains, Bern provides big adventures

You'll find plenty of chances to shop in Bern, starting with the city's 6 kilometres of shop-filled arcades. Bustling squares throughout town also offer opportunities for more than just people-watching and street performances, as the sprawling spaces often host weekly farmers markets, where locals peddle such items as artwork, crafts and produce. Escape the city streets of Bern and in just a couple of hours you'll find yourself amongst the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps, where you can ski down the mountains, hike across valley floors and swim in crystal blue lakes.

Weather

It's brrrrr time in Bern – bundle up for the winter

Did you book your Bern vacation rental for the winter months? You better come prepared with plenty of warm clothing, particularly if you're visiting in January, the coldest month of the year, when daily temperatures register well below zero. It's also the snowiest season, with the most powder falling between December and February. Spring and autumn bring more tepid conditions, with highs averaging around 13 degrees. But the mercury starts to climb in the summer, with highs hovering around 24 degrees, and plenty of tourists descend upon the city for the warm weather.

Natural highlights

So much natural beauty, you won't be able to bear it

The Aare River cuts through the heart of Bern, complete with a dramatic bend. In the summer, soak up the views of the city ­– including its famed red roof buildings – as you float down the river. If you prefer to stay high and dry, take in the view from the green rolling hills that surround the city. No trip to Bern is complete without a visit to the city's most famous and beloved residents – a family of bears. Housed in the aptly titled Bear Park, the complex has showcased the ferocious animal since the early 19th century.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bern

Fly into Bern (BRN-Belp), the closest airport, located 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from the city centre.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Bern Station.

Where to stay near Bern?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 35 holiday rentals near Bern. From 30 Condos/Apartments to 4 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Bern for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Bern?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Bern. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Bern Natural History Museum: 108 holiday rentals
  • Bern Station: 105 holiday rentals
  • Berner Munster: 107 holiday rentals
  • Wankdorf Stadium: 106 holiday rentals
  • Rose Garden (Rosengarten): 110 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bern listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Bern?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 30 Condos/Apartments in Bern. Our other popular types of Bern holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 4 holiday houses
  • Studios: 28 holiday houses

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Bern?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 3 holiday homes with pool available in Bern. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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