The Einstein House
Albert Einstein lived in Bern between 1903 and 1905, and here he also developed his famous theory of relativity. Einstein’s former home on Kramgasse 49, in Bern’s picturesque old city, is open to visitors. The original furnishings have been restored and you can see pictures of the flat in Einstein’s time as well as copies of Einstein’s writings from his time in Bern.
The Einstein House is closed on Sundays. Trams no 3, 5 and 9 stop nearby (get off at the Zytglogge stop).
The Historical Museum
The Bern Historical Museum (Historisches Museum, Helvetiaplatz 5) is a gorgeous building that looks like a small castle. Exhibitions include Greek, Egyptian and medieval, and there is a permanent collection depicting the history of man from the Stone Age to today. This is a good place to learn about the history of the city of Bern and its surrounding areas. All the exhibits have explanations in English, German and French, and there are audioguides in several languages including English, French, German and Italian.
The museum is closed on Mondays. To get there, take tram 6, 7 or 8 to Helvetiaplatz.
The Einstein Museum
The Historical Museum also includes the Einstein Museum (not the same as the Einstein House!) that has a collection of original memorabilia and also films about Einstein’s life.
The Museum of Fine Arts
Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum, Hodlerstrasse 8-12, an easy walk from the railway station) has exhibitions of art throughout the centuries, by both Swiss and international artists. Contemporary works are shown together with Picasso and Dali, and there are thousands of paintings and sculptures, hand drawings, photographs and videos here.
Natural History Museum
Bern’s Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum, Bernastrasse 15) was founded in 1832 and is a great place to take the kids for a few hours of exploring. The most popular exhibit here is said to be the one about rescue dog Barry, the legendary Swiss St. Bernard who died in 1814. Check out also the Hall of Skeletons, the animal dioramas and the mineral collection.
To get there, take tram 6,7 or 8 to Helvetiaplatz.
Hotels in Bern
Hotel City am Bahnhof - Bern
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Hotel Alpenblick - Bern
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