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“Lust and vice” guided tour of Bern

Bern and the seven deadly sins

Bern reveals its seductive side – with some hair-raising stories and erotic anecdotes.

Switzerland’s capital is most famous for the “Zytglogge” (Clock Tower), the impressive Parliament Building and Bern Animal Park, especially the Bear Park with its furry inhabitants. But strange tales and scary legends are hidden in its alleys and behind the city’s baroque façades. As your guide digs deep into Bern’s history, you’ll discover exciting and surprising things that you won’t find in any history book.

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    Guided tour

    On the 90-minute tour, visitors will find out what connects the Bern UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Bible’s seven deadly sins. Things like greed, envy, lust and gluttony form the inspiration for this tour of the lower Old City. 

    Those taking part will learn astonishing facts about the history of the death penalty in Bern and medieval justice. 

    Participants will also find out why the city’s executioner carried a special curling iron and why people used to stand on the Monbijou bridge and observe the Marzili pool with binoculars.

     Duration 90 minutes
     Meeting point Tourist information office in the train station
     Language German

    This tour is only suitable for those aged 16 or above. Maximum 20 people per group Because of the limit on the numbers of those taking part, prior reservation is recommended.

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      Availability Available on 13.12.2020

      “Lust and vice” public guided city tours

      Saturday, 26 September 2020, 14.00 hours
      Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 18:.0 hours
      Thursday, 22 October 2020, 18.30 hours
      Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 18.30 hours
      Sunday, 13 December 2020, 14.00 hours
      Thursday, 14 January 2021, 18.00 hours
      Friday, 12 February 2021, 18.30 hours
      Thursday, 04 March 2021, 18.30 hours

      Tourist information opening hours

      Mon–Sat                           09.00–19.00 hours
      Sun & pub. holidays        09.00–13.00 hours


      “Lust and vice” guided tour of Bern

      • CHF 25.00 Adults
      • CHF 20.00 Pensioners / students


      Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to Alteration.

      This tour is only suitable for those aged 16 or above.
      Maximum 20 people per group Because of the limit on the numbers of those taking part, prior reservation is recommended.

      How to get there

      The meeting point is at the tourist information office in the train station.

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