Walking Tour of Bern's Old Town
- City landmarks: See the late gothic cathedral with its soaring 300-foot spire, the handsome Parliament Building, and Bern's oldest gate dating from the 13th century.
- Towering sights: Admire the Zytglogge (clocktower) displaying an elaborate 16th-century clock with fanciful moving figures, and gaze up at the formidable Kafigturm (prison tower).
- Whimsical fountains: See many of the more than 100 colorful sources of water that brighten the streets at every turn and give the city its enduring nickname.
- Private and personalized tour: Hear fascinating stories from past and present, set your own pace, ask questions, and even add sights you want to see on your stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
About this Bern Tour
This city may have the world's most charming traffic obstacles. As you walk its medieval streets admiring impressive landmark architecture, your eye will be drawn to scores of colorful fountains, many located right in the middle of busy streets.
Most fountains date from the mid-1500s, when they were built to replace wooden versions.They showcased the city's wealth and its talent for adding symbolic artistry to a practical object meant for everyday use. For centuries, these fountains were a meeting place for the Bernese to wash, draw drinking water, and, of course, share the latest gossip.
Your entertaining guide points out the most fascinating fountains and helps decode the stories behind their fantastic allegorical figures. The Justice Fountain, for example, brandishes a sword in one hand and scales in the other to demonstrate the power of justice. The Samson Fountain represents the Bible's story of Samson killing a lion. The frightening Ogre Fountain depicts a giant swallowing a child, while others in a sack at his feet await the same fate. Perhaps this one was a warning for misbehaving children?
Fountains are the pride of this city. Historic fountains are regularly repainted in their original bright colors. And you'll see modern fountains gracing the front of the Parliament Building, where an award-winning granite plaza features 26 water jets (one for each member state of the Swiss Confederation). There's no shortage of symbolic fountains on this walking tour, or places to refill your water bottle as you chat with your guide about the many charms of Bern.
Please make your way to the Tourist Information Booth at Bear Park. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the famous Swiss chocolate.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
English, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days� advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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