In Bern, the art of living makes the congress

Panorama of Bern’s old town seen from the collegiate church (Photo: Luc Citrinot)

why then Has Bern been chosen as the federal capital of Switzerland? instead of Geneva or Zurich? Exactly, this choice was justified to avoid a concentration of power in the same metropolis. Evil spirits will consider the city of 140,000 inhabitants a bit provincial to appear as the capital. But whatever. Bern is a good reflection of the demographic size of Switzerland…

The balance between the two main languages, German and French, is respected relatively well. Of course, German is spoken in Bern. But the French language border is very close, 35 km away. The accessibility of the capital as well. The city benefits from an exceptional central position wherever you come from in Switzerland..

The Bern Convention Bureau boasts the proximity of the country’s two main international airports – Geneva and Zurich – less than 100 minutes by train. The CFF railway line that connects the two airports systematically passes through… Bern! We count on average one hour by train to reach Basel, Lausanne or Zurich from the federal capital. And Geneva in just under two hours.

Symbol of Bern, the “Zytglogge” clock tower was redecorated in the rococo style in the 18th century (Photo: Luc Citrinot)

human dimension

Therefore, the city offers a exemplary conference infrastructure and diverse. next to Bernexpo exhibition center and Kursaal (Casino) Berninfrastructure like the Zentrum Paul Klee, the Swiss stadium Y Gurten Park are attractive alternatives. They can host events of up to 1,400 participants.

In most cases, the city, very compact, allows to travel on foot – in the worst case by public transport from the hotels. Transportation is also free if you stay at the hotel. A way to promote the environment and the sustainability of an event.

But beyond the infrastructure, what makes Bern an attractive conference destination is its excellent old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Since there are practically no cars there, the historic facades and arcades of the houses often echo the whisper of fountains, the cries of children and the wandering of visitors.

The imposing Gothic collegiate church with its spire of more than 100 meters, a splendor of medieval architecture, it shaped the old town of Bern. Around the streets wind where the facades are crowded, a true concentration of architectural history. Renaissance houses are combined with palaces with baroque or classical facades. In the squares of the old town, the fountains adorned with statues and flowers add a touch of color. An indescribable and timeless charm emanates from this old town punctuated by the chimes of its tower clock.

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The river Aare forms a green environment around Bern’s old town (Photo: Luc Citrinot)

bernese hedonism

Because in Bern, we really take the time to live. In the square in front of the parliament, when summer arrives, half-naked children throw themselves into the jets of water from a fountain. The political symbol represented by the imposing building does not change the situation! Meanwhile, from the first rays of the sun, we see the Bernese busy in their garden. Unless they are sloths lying along the banks of the Aare.

Bern is feeling very hedonistic. It is one of the cities in Switzerland with the largest number of restaurants with terraces, sustainable restaurants and breweries. It’s a well-kept secret: Bern is the beer capital of Switzerland. There is no less than 176 breweries and microbreweries. A provincial capital? Yes and proud of it!

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