Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and -do list!
Name: Beatrice Gyger Lang
Occupation: City Guide, Bern Welcome
City: Bern, Switzerland
How the locals pronounce the name of the city: Bärn
Online: , (Twitter), (Facebook), (YouTube), (Instagram), #ilovebern
Short bio: Hi, I’m Bea—I’ve been living in the Old Town of Bern for more than 20 years and I know the city by heart and can tell you all about its hidden gems. Especially when it comes to design and handicraft, I can give you lots of insider tips. I am not only a city guide, I also have my own jewellery collection and write a blog (). I can tell you where Bern’s doves sleep, where women of all sizes find beautiful clothes, and where you can drink the best hot chocolate with a stunning view.
Best way to get to/from airport: Definitely by , as Switzerland’s train system is very reliable and because like this you can enjoy the beautiful Swiss landscape much better than in a car.
Best way to get to/from train station: By tram and bus—all overnight guests have within the city.
Favorite 5-star ho .
Favorite budget ho right next to the river Aare.
5 places visitors must see:
- (Clock Tower)
Best local newspaper/recommended reading (for finding out what’s going on about town): Bern.com.
Favorite fine dining restaurant: For lunch: . For dinner: .
Favorite casual restaurant: , Café zur Post, (website only in German).
Best place to get a coffee: .
Favorite bar/lounge: .
Best music venue/place to see live music: , .
Favorite museum: .
Best sports venue(s): Stade de Suisse, soccer stadium. PostFinance-Arena, the biggest ice hockey stadium in Switzerland.
Most popular local food: Fondue, especially in winter.
Best “locals-only” spot: ().
To live like a local, you must have this experience: Swimming in the River Aare.
Local/native fruit or dish to try: Local ice cream from . Bernese platter (a meat dish with beans and potatoes that has its origin in 1798).
Most popular local drink: Berner Müntschi (local beer; Müntschi means “kiss”), Ingwerer (local ginger liquor).
Movies/TV shows filmed in your city: Night Train to Lisbon, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Best souvenirs to buy/goods to bring home: Mandelbärli (almond bears), Berner Haselnusslebkuchen (Bernese hazelnut gingerbread).
Biggest tourist trap/places to avoid and when: The typical souvenir shops—better go to a local boutique in the Old Town
Best travel tip: My favorite months of the year to enjoy the city are June and September. Then it is not too hot and there is not too much rain.
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