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Bern (French: Berne, Italian: Berna) may not be Switzerland's largest or most popular city, but it has been the Swiss capital since 1848. Bern was founded in the 12th century in what is now the centre of Switzerland. Its natural boundaries were shaped by the Aare River, but over time the city has outgrown these boundaries. Bern has not, however, lost its historic charm. Much of the medieval architecture and design that marked its early development is still visited. Understandably, Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage site well known for its rich past.
Summers in Bern are from June to September with temperatures mostly between 20 °C and 25 °C during the day and 9 °C to 12 °C at night. Winters are from December to February with average highs between 2 °C and 5 °C and nights between -2 °C and -4 °C. Precipitation averages over 1,000 mm a year, with most of it falling in the warmer summer months. Snow is possible in winter, but not very common.
Bern Airport (BRN) has flights to Paris, Mallorca, London, Southampton, Munich, Barcelona, Berlin, Djerba, Elba, Hamburg, Hammamet (Tunisia), Ibiza, Olbia, Preveza, Pristina, Rotterdam, Tabarka, Tortoli, Vienna and Zakynthos.
The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS) has trains througout the country.
Bern is well connected to other cities by several highways (A1, A12, A6).
|Bern Backpackers Hotel&Hostel Glocke||Rathausgasse 75,3007 PO Box 503||HOSTEL||85|
|Hotel Alpenblick Bern||Kasernenstrasse 29||Hotel||85|
|Hotel-Restaurant Jardin||Militärstrasse 38||Hotel||86|
|Landhaus Hotel||Altenbergstr. 4-6||Hotel||84|
|Pension Marthahaus||Wyttenbachstrasse 22a||Hostel||87|
|Youth Hostel Bern||Weihergasse 4||Hostel||84|
See also International Telephone Calls
Swiss Post is the national postal service of Switzerland and has fast and reliable services. For more information about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally, they have a very useful Price Calculator. Domestically, there is priority mail (arriving the following day) and economy mail which takes 2-3 days to be send within Switzerland. Stamps can be bought at the post offices or from shops and kiosks that also sell postcards. In general, post offices are open from 8:00am to noon and 2:00pm to 5:00 or 6:00pm, with a lunchbreak in between. Opening times on Saturdays are usually only during mornings. Larger cities and central post offices might keep longer hours and skp the lunchbreak.
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