Bern is a beautiful city, there’s no doubt about that. From the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, to the Aare River that winds through the city, to the sophisticated yet laid-back feel of the restaurants and boutique stores, it’s a city that got our juices flowing.
But it’s more than it’s beauty and culture that got us excited, it’s also one of the most child-friendly cities we’ve been to so far. There are parks and playgrounds all over the place, plus the Water Fountain at Bundesplatz and the small children’s library in the park next to Bern Cathedral to keep children of all ages happy and entertained. And as they say, happy child happy parent…or something like that!
The beauty of these activities is they’re all free, which is especially pleasing in a country as expensive as Switzerland! We got some great advice from Carly who left a comment on our website post ‘Bern is not only stunning, but incredibly child friendly‘ that because Switzerland is so small, one option to reduce costs is to stay overnight in a country just across the border, and take the train in and out of your Swiss destinations each day. I’m not sure if it’s more cost effective, but it’s definitely something worth looking into. Or if you can secure some Couchsurfing gigs like we did, that also keeps exorbitant accommodation costs down as well.
Either way, if Switzerland is on your list of places to go, whether you’re travelling with children or not, you must include Bern on your itinerary.