For most first-time visitors in Switzerland Bern is usually not the top choice for a day trip. I totally understand it. In the country with such beautiful nature, why should you waste your precious vacation time to visit cities? Bern wasn’t also on my radar for a long time. I knew it was a Swiss capital but I didn’t know what was interesting to see and do in Bern. Finally, when researching for day trips to take from Zurich I googled the photos of Bern and decided that it was time to go there. And the only thing I regret is that I waited so long.
There are lots of things to do in Bern and the area around and you can easily stay 2-3 days here. But even if your time is limited, one day is enough to get an idea of the city. Bern is easy to reach by train or car from almost every part of Switzerland. If you travel by car, the day trip from France and Germany is also possible. Here are some ideas what to do in Bern if you only got one day to explore the city. And the best part? Most of them are free!