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There are accommodations for most budgets in Bern, but as the federal capital, Bern hosts many conventions and international meetings, so the hotels are frequently fully booked; make a reservation. You can reserve a hotel room in advance either by phone (tel. 031/328-12-12) or by Internet (www.berninfo.com). The service is free.

Altstadt is built on a peninsula so compact that everything is literally "around the corner," including nearly all hotels, more than 150 restaurants, the major sights, 6km (3 1/2 miles) of arcades for shopping -- even the weekly farmers market and the Houses of Parliament.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.