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In Summer or Snow, Bern Tops Travel Lists

CNN names the Swiss city, home to a leading-edge CSL Behring facility, a top pick for savvy travelers.

Bern Switzerland in summer with sun shining

Anyone who has visited Europe in summer knows about the long lines and dense crowds. If you’re looking for the magnificence of Europe without throngs of tourists, CNN travel experts this week recommended 20 cities, including Bern, Switzerland.

See CNN’s top 20 list.

CSL Behring has a major manufacturing facility in Bern, whose Old Town was named a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The UN organization praises Bern’s “exceptionally coherent planning principles” and says it reflects the High Middle Ages with its urban extensions from the 12th and 14th centuries. The tower of the Berne Muenster (Cathedral) soars above the townscape. The CNN guide recommends visitors take a cooling dip in the Aare River, which flows through the historic city from the Bernese Alps.

Showing it’s a city for all seasons, Bern also topped a winter “best of” list as the most Instagrammed winter city.

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Bern Switzerland in winter with snow on rooftops