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Bern is a city located in Switzerland. While the capital of Switzerland, Bern is only the fifth biggest city in the country, with a population of roughly 140,000. As a result, Bern has managed to retain many of its beautiful historic buildings and quaint scenery. Bern's old town is full of charming landmarks with peaceful riverside views across the Aare. Due to its stunning architecture, Bern's old town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bern was first founded in the 12th century by Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen. Historians are unsure where the name "Bern" originated. Folklore suggests that the city was named after the first animal Berchtold hunted after founding the city, a bear. Others believe the name may originate from the Celtic word for cleft. Some historical evidence supports the first theory, as a bear has been featured on Bern's coat of arms since the 13th century.
Today, Bern is a popular tourist destination, with travelers flocking from around the world to visit Bern's famous museums and historic buildings, while sampling some traditional Swiss-German culture.
Bern is the perfect city for tourists with dozens of intriguing attractions, chic boutiques, and eateries serving some classic cuisine. As a result, you won't be short of things to do if you have a couple of hours to kill in the city. Once you arrive in Bern, check out some of these popular local excursions.
Hike to the top of the Gurten. Gurten Mountain towers over Bern at around 2,800 feet, affording breathtaking views of the city. You can even try your hand at skiing and enjoy a cup of traditional mulled wine to warm you up.
Keep up to date with the latest Swiss styles at one of Bern's many shopping centers and arcades. There are several dotted around the city, including the popular Wankdorf Center.
Sample Swiss cuisine at one of Bern's many trendy restaurants. Some of the best options in the city include Wein & Sein mit Haerzbluet, Ristorante Ottimo, and Mille Sens.
Spot some exotic critters at Tierpark Dählhölzli. This zoo is home to over 3,000 animals, such as brown bears, otters, and Carpathian lynx.
Test your artistic temperament at the Museum of Fine Art Bern. The Museum of Fine Art is the oldest museum in Bern, and is home to over 1,400 pieces of art, with paintings by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Meret Oppenheim.
Local bus service (SVB)
Local tram service (Bernmobil)
National train services from Bern Train Station
Despite being a compact capital city, you'll undoubtedly find it tiresome to drag your heavy suitcases around Bern. Luckily, you'll find many luggage storage services in Bern where you can stash your belongings before taking a stroll around the city. Bounce has facilities at local businesses, which are easy to locate on the Bounce app. Book a service near you online, and get ready to explore Bern without being weighed down by your bags.
Bern Minster - Bern Minster is one of Bern's top sights and for good reason. Construction of Bern Minster began in the late 15th century and took over 150 years. This vast Gothic cathedral is the largest in Switzerland, at over 300 feet tall. Inside the cathedral, visitors can climb the 312 steps up to the spire's observation deck, which affords sweeping panoramic views of Bern.
Bern Minster is packed with awe-inspiring stained glass windows, frescos, and carvings. One of the highlights of the cathedral is the main altar. The altar was crafted by Erhart Küng, and depicts the Last Judgement. This highly elaborate piece of craftsmanship boasts nearly 300 individual sculptures. You won't want to lug around a bag while admiring this incredible building, so stop by a Bern luggage storage service before taking a tour.
Einsteinhaus - See how one of the brightest minds of the 21st century lived at the Einsteinhaus. The Einsteinhaus is the former residence of Albert Einstein, who lived in a second-story apartment in Bern from 1903 to 1905. This period is notable as it was in this apartment that Einstein first penned to his thoughts of the theory of relativity. The apartment has been renovated to look as it did when Einstein lived there, from the decor to the photos on the wall. After taking a look around Einstein's home, head up to the third-floor exhibition, which contains artifacts belonging to Einstein, and informational plaques about his life. Large bags are prohibited inside Einsteinhaus, so ensure you swing by a Bern luggage storage service first.
Zytglogge - Located at the center of Bern's scenic old town, Zytglogge is one of the city's most recognizable monuments. Zytglogge is a 13th-century clock tower, with classic Baroque and Gothic features. Throughout history, the tower has been used for many different things, including as a prison. The tower's best feature is the astronomical clock, which contains tiny figurines that pop out and dance around whenever it chimes on the hour.
Visitors are also welcome to step inside the clock tower and take a guided tour. This tour will take you to see the clock's intricate mechanisms and teach you the history of this medieval tower. At the end of the tour, you can climb the 130 steps to the top of Zytglogge and enjoy vistas of the old town's rooftops.
How much does luggage storage cost in Bern?
The price for luggage storage in Bern is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Is it safe to store your bags in Bern?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Bern.
Are there storage lockers in Bern?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Bern. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Bern where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
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