Arrival & Transport
Bern is situated in the heart of Europe and at the center of Switzerland. Whether by train, car or plane, Bern is easy to reach from anywhere.
Bern TourismTourist Information at the main station
Tel. +41 (0)31 328 12 12
Fax +41 (0)31 328 12 77
|Opening hours Tourist Information at the main station|
|Monday - Saturday||09h00 - 19h00|
|Sunday and generally feasts||09h00 - 18h00|
|Opening hours Call Center|
|Monday - Friday||08h00 - 18h00|
|Saturday||10h00 - 16h00|
|Sunday and generally feasts||10h00 - 12h00|
|Opening hours Tourist Information at the BearPark|
|01.06. - 30.09.||Monday - Sunday||09h00 - 18h00|
|01.03. - 31.05. / 01.10. - 31.10.||Monday - Sunday||10h00 - 16h00|
|01.11. - 28.02.||Friday - Sunday||11h00 - 16h00|
Tourism EmmentalBahnhofstrasse 44
Tel: +41 (0)34 402 42 52
Oberaargau TourismMarktgasse 13
Tel. +41 (0)62 919 19 00
Tourism Region Laupenp.A. Gemeindeverwaltung
Tel. +41 (0)31 990 60 60
Naturepark GantrischSchlossgasse 13
Tel. + 41 (0)31 808 00 20
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In 1191, the year in which the city of Bern was founded, Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen commanded nobleman Cuno von Bubenberg to build a city on a peninsula covered by an oak forest. Von Bubenberg felled the forest and used the resulting timber to erect houses. Von Bubenberg had the forest cut down and houses built from the wood. The Clock Tower formed the city gate.
The bear featured on the present city coat of arms first appeared in 1224. According to legend, the city was named after the first animal killed by the Duke while hunting during the construction of the city.
In the 13th century, Bern was expanded towards the west, and the Prison Tower formed the new main gate In the 14th century, the third and final expansion phase of the city took place up to the present main railway station. In 1353 Bern became the eighth member of the “Confederation” and was regarded in the late Middle Ages as the biggest and most powerful city-state north of the Alps.