Old Town Walk, Bern

Old Town Walk (Self Guided), Bern

The Old City of Bern fascinates and excites with its well-preserved medieval structures that have remained unchained through the centuries. Amble through the quaint Old Town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site that is framed by the Aare River. From here, there are spectacular views of the Alps.

Within the Old Town are equally spectacular sights, such as the old limestone buildings, Renaissance fountains with colorful figurines and medieval arcades. A lot of construction work took place here after the Middle Ages, and during these years many patrician houses and public monuments were added to the cityscape. Today, you can find structures dating from several periods, including the 15th and 16th centuries. One of the many highlights is the Cathedral of Bern (Das Berner Münster). This is the largest ecclesiastical building in Switzerland, a late-Gothic edifice that dates back to the early 15th century.

Another main attraction is the six kilometers of arcades that are home to plenty of shops and restaurants. Forming the centerpiece of Bern Old Town is the Kramgasse. In previous times, this alley was once Bern's busiest trade route for marketers and shopkeepers. Today, it is a lively shopping avenue that also boasts a line of Baroque facades.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,000 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Old Town Walk Map

Guide Name: Old Town Walk
Guide Location: Switzerland » Bern
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: naomi
Kramgasse, Simsonbrunnen

1) Kramgasse, Simsonbrunnen

Kramgasse, Simsonbrunnen and Zytglogge

2) Kramgasse, Simsonbrunnen and Zytglogge

Kramgasse, Kreuzgassbrunnen

3) Kramgasse, Kreuzgassbrunnen

Gerechtigkeitsgasse

4) Gerechtigkeitsgasse

Gerechtigkeitsgasse

5) Gerechtigkeitsgasse

Gerechtigkeitsgasse

7) Gerechtigkeitsgasse

Gerechtigkeitsgasse

8) Gerechtigkeitsgasse

Rathausplatz, Vennerbrunnen and Rathaus

9) Rathausplatz, Vennerbrunnen and Rathaus

Junkerngasse

12) Junkerngasse

Junkerngasse

13) Junkerngasse

Junkerngasse

14) Junkerngasse

Walking Tours in Bern, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Bern

Create Your Own Walk in Bern

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bern is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bern Introduction Walking Tour

Bern Introduction Walking Tour

The de facto capital of Switzerland and the eponymous German-speaking canton, Bern is commonly referred to by the Swiss as their "federal city". Built around a crook in the Aare River, it traces the origins back to the 12th century. According to the local legend, Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen, founder of Bern, vowed to name the city after the first animal he killed on the hunt, which...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Bern's Historical Churches

Bern's Historical Churches

Bern has an impressive number of historical churches that span several centuries, each featuring a unique architectural style, beautiful paintings and interior decorations. Take this self guided walking tour to visit the most important historical churches and cathedrals where Bern residents go to pray and express their religious beliefs.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Fountains and Statues Walking Tour

Fountains and Statues Walking Tour

With over 100 public fountains in its Old City alone, Bern has a well-deserved reputation as the "City of Fountains". During the medieval time, the local life revolved around fountains since they provided water to residents and served as public places for news exchange and social gatherings.

Bernese used to decorate their fountains and built elaborate statues in the middle of them....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles

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