Free tour in Bern: old town, legends and fun facts

Duration: 1h and 45min
Guru: Elmar
Quality Verified Registered on April 18, 2022

Except for a few small interruptions, I have lived in Bern all my life. I love the historic old town, the public squares and delicious restaurants, and the individual quarters, which are always changing. However, I do not want to keep my knowledge to myself, but pass it on to curious tourists. My goal is that you leave Bern with a smile.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

The 1.75-2 hours in my care are a mixture of general history of the city, exciting legends, fun facts and the discovery of a district and places that you would hardly come into contact with as a tourist. This means that we will not visit tourist hotspots such as the Parliament building, Bärenpark and Zytglogge.

The tour starts at the Rosengarten with a beautiful view of Bern. After a brief introduction, we head down the slope towards the Matte district.

There you will learn, among other things, why Bern was important for the production of chocolate, why the inhabitants of the Matte district spoke their own language and which famous womaniser was pampered by the maids in the Badgasse.

After that, your physical condition will be slightly challenged, because you'll have to climb the 183 steps to the Münster platform. If this is not possible or you are not in the mood, you can take the elevator (CHF 1.50/ride). In the last section of the tour, I will talk about the depiction of the Last Judgment at the Münster. Furhtermore, I'll show you two objects of art in public space, which you would hardly notice as a tourist.

After the tour, you will have walked 2.4 km and expanded your knowledge. You will also receive hints and suggestions for your further stay in my beautiful hometown.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Alter Aargauerstalden 31B, 3006 Bern,...
    Alter Aargauerstalden 31B, 3006 Bern, Switzerland
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    I'm waiting at the corner of the Rosengarten restaurant and I'm wearing a navy blue hat.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    rose Garden
  • 2
    Outside visit
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Lischetti Fountain
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Mill Square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Isabel 14 May 2023

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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
Elmar gave us a tour of the most important places in Bern, telling us a lot of curiosity and interesting stories about the city. A very nice tour
Luciana 21 Nov 2022

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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
Elmar was an excellent guide. It was one of the best Free Tours I have ever done. The content was super interesting and he told us all kinds of interesting facts about the city. As we are studying German, he offered to give us the tour in German. He spoke in a very clear way and clarified all the words we didn't know. Totally recommendable. Thank you, Elmar!
Michelle 05 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Elmar is a great tour guide, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The tour is very interesting because even though you see top tourist points you also learn so many interesting details and other spots that are not normally visited.
Edward 29 Oct 2022

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Travelled alone - Oct 2022
A great representation of the town starting and finishing in excellent locations, a very knowledgeable man talked about the fun and interesting parts of the historic city
Sarah 21 Oct 2022

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Travelled alone - Oct 2022
This type of tour is much BETTER than your average walking tour. I was looking for something less touristy and that is exactly what I got with Elmar's tour. He crafts his tour around little known facts and interesting anecdotes about Bern. Take Elmar's tour of Bern and you won't be disappointed! He is a Bern native and is very passionate about his city, and is just a very knowledgeable and personable guide. He will take you to the lesser known, but more memorable areas of the city. He put up with me and all my questions around Swiss culture and lifestyle, and was happy to offer tips on where to go in the city. The participants were all very engaged throughout and connected with each other. I highly recommend it if you have a few hours to spare. Thanks Elmar! Sarah - from New Orleans
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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