Going out - traveling
The city of Bern
Internationally, Bern is one of the cities with the highest quality of life. The friendly and relaxed mentality of the Bernese people, the beautiful medieval town, now a protected UNESCO site, the impressive Alpine panorama as well as a rich cultural program are all characteristic of the Swiss capital with its approximately 139,000 inhabitants. It is without doubt the mix of the traditional and the modern that lends Bern its particular charm. Many green areas invite you to sit down and relax, and for many bathing in the River Aare has become a daily ritual in the summer. Thanks to its central position, Bern is a splendid starting point for trips to the Alps and the Bernese Oberland in both summer and winter. From Bern, you can discover virtually the whole of Switzerland in day trips.
Culture, leisure time
Thanks to the 6 km of Lauben, as the Bernese call their arcades, Bern has one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe. Alongside this, the capital also offers a wide range of cultural activities: The City Theater (Stadttheater) is well known for its innovative music and stage productions. But the curtain goes up on many a small theater too. The city is particularly well known for art: The Zentrum Paul Klee houses the world's largest Paul Klee collection and enjoys great international recognition; the art museum (Kunstmuseum) exhibits pieces of classical modernity and the art exposition hall (Kunsthalle) work by contemporary artists. Many students find the Einstein House inspiring. This is where Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein developed the basis of his relativity theory. Throughout the year, there are various dance, jazz and other festivals. There are plenty of music bars and clubs offering something to suit everyone. On balmy summer evenings there is a wide range of concerts taking place in the parks and alleyways - and of course there is always the legendary open-air Gurten music festival (Gurtenfestival) on Bern's local mountain. Just a short distance away are the town woods where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. And of course there is always the River Aare, the perfect place to enjoy a cool swim in the summer. Throughout the year you can reach the numerous skiing and hiking areas of the Bernese Oberland in just one to two hours.
The people in the town and agglomeration of Bern enjoy a well developed bus, tram and urban railway network. With the "Libero" pass, a network pass for the Bern region, you can enjoy unlimited travel to the university and also take the chance to discover the area from just CHF 57 to 75 a month.
Switzerland as a country offers a dense traffic network for rail, bus and ship travel. SBB offers half-price travelcards for CHF 175 a year as well as a range of different affordable special tariffs, also particularly for young people.