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Visit Bern
Tram traveling on Bern streets - Photo: Spoorjan (License-cc-by-sa-3.0)
Tram traveling on Bern streets - Photo: Spoorjan (License-cc-by-sa-3.0)

The boutiques, bars and cabarets of the historic city center - some of which are located in vaulted cellars - and the small street cafes attract both locals and tourists. Although Berne has an excellent public transport network, it is best to explore the city center on foot.

Bern is the seat of the government of Switzerland. The Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus) rise above the city just a few steps from the train station. The doors of the Houses of Parliament are open to visitors most of the time and, if you're lucky, you can even find a member of parliament through the city streets. 

In the squares of the city center, colorful weekly fairs display their products. In particular, it is worth visiting the Onion Fair (Zibelemärit), which takes place on the fourth Monday in November: visitors eager to attend the traditional onion fair begin to arrive en masse in the city in the middle of the night.

The old part of the city, which was built along the banks of the River Aar, is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Under the medieval arcades, it is possible to stroll through the urban jewels, witnesses of ancient times.

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