The Swiss capital
Switzerland is one of the world’s hubs for business travel. Zurich, Geneva and Basel are centres for finance, international organisations such as the United Nations, and the pharmaceutical industry respectively. However Berne, in mid-west Switzerland almost half way between Zurich and Geneva, is better known for its historical heritage than as a business destination. The capital of Switzerland is much like Canberra, Australia; a capital without being the most populous city in the country. The majority of businesses in Swiss-German speaking Berne are within the service sector including government, tourism, IT, telecommunications, and financial and professional services. Due to its central locality and fundamental importance as the heart of Swiss government, international business travel to Berne is increasing.
Getting there and away
Flying is the most convenient way to get to Berne. The city has its own airport with a travel time into the city centre of around 30 minutes by train or taxi. Business flights are connected to major hubs in Europe including London-City, Munich, Barcelona and Amsterdam. You can also fly to the larger cities of Geneva and Zurich and travel overland to the capital within two hours either by road or train.
An easily navigable town, Berne has an efficient public transport system you can hop on and off rather than taking taxis to your meetings if you prefer. The city has the S-Bahn train network, tramway, trolley bus and a regular bus network, all of which provide a good way to see Berne. Swiss Tourism has developed an app which is well-worth downloading before you travel: Berne Travel App
Once you’ve arrived, Berne’s medieval architecture will blow you away. Iit’s not a town of skyscrapers and highways. Instead you will find old-world Europe, with brick work buildings, turrets, lanes and narrow roads. The Old Town was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Berne’s history means that it’s a city of culture and the arts with abundant museums, theatres, festivals and fairs, providing unique options for entertaining your business colleagues, clients or partners, or even to entertain yourself if you have a spare couple of hours.