Epic Europe

BERN

Switzerland

In the heart of the Bernese Oberland, with views to the iconic peaks of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, Bern is a unique small city with deep history and cultural relevance. Switzerland’s capital city is also a UNESCO heritage site, thanks to its perfectly preserved medieval historic center of sandstone architecture and colonnaded streets, lined with restaurants and cafés, eclectic boutiques, and gothic fountains. Bordered on 3 sides by the River Aare, important cultural sites include the Federal Palace and house of Parliament, the Natural History Museum, as well as the Kunstmuseum (Fine Arts) and the Swiss Alpine Museum, and the Einstein house. But most recently noteworthy is just across the river, on the outskirts of town: the Zentrum Paul Klee, dedicated to Bern’s famous Bauhaus artist and designed by architect Renzo Piano.

 

The Zytglogge, or astrological clock at the city center is every bit as much a symbol of Bern as the namesake Bären Park, where the former bear pits have been transformed to a riverside park, and they are free to roam and play with more space. Classic historic hotels such as the 5* Schweizerhof offer legendary hospitality right in the center of town, with other nearby options as well.

 

With its proximity to the mountains and central location, Bern is ideal for day trips to any part of Switzerland by the well-connected rail system. But our favorite thing to do in Bern is act like a local, enjoy the outdoor dining, have a leisurely float down the river (in the summer, of course), and take in the sites of an idyllic medieval city, the seat of Swiss democracy for over 500 years. 

  • Switzerland's capital city where Swiss government and parliament seat
  • Unique medieval historic center part of UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Central location in Switzerland giving easy access to the mountains for day trips
  • City of Fountains with over 100 fountains dating form the Middle Age
  • Bearpark is the ideal visit for children and adults
  • The Cathedral of Bern is Switzerland's largest ecclesiastical building
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH

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Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 


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