Practical information

Yehudi Menuhin Forum

The neoclassical building constructed in 1926, which houses the Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern, is placed in a central location at the Helvetiaplatz in Bern. With its excellent acoustics and approximately 470 seats, the Forum is an ideal addition to the existing concert halls in Bern and rounds off the "Museumsquartier Kirchenfeld" in a perfect way. The name of the cosmopolitan Yehudi Menuhin is traditionally closely associated with the canton and city of Bern. Werner Schmitt, initiator of the project, wanted the name to be a living reminder of the great musician and humanist in Bern.

Alpine Museum Bern

The Swiss Alpine Museum is a museum dedicated to the nature and culture of the Swiss Alps. It is located next to the Yehudi Menuhin Forum.

City of Bern

The City of Bern has an extensive public transport network with different tram and bus lines. Due to its compact size, Bern’s city centre can be explored on foot.
Overnight visitors do not need to worry about tickets in Bern. From your first overnight stay in tourist accommodation in the city, you will receive a Bern Ticket for your whole stay. This lets you travel for free in zones 100/101 (including the Gurten funicular, the Marzilibahn funicular and the lift to Bern’s cathedral platform) operated by LIBERO.

However, if you need Tickets for Bern public transport, they can be bought at machines and in the LIBERO shop (Bern main station). No tickets are sold on buses and trams.
They are also numerous taxi companies to choose from in Bern. But please note, that taxi journeys in Switzerland are relatively expensive in comparison to other European cities.

Arrival in Bern

Please note that airport transfers between the major Swiss cities (Zurich, Basel, Geneva) and Bern cannot be offered by the organisers. In order to arrange your travel to and from Bern, you can make use of the Swiss railway system, which operates approximately every 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time via


Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest airport. You can reach Bern main station from Zurich Airport train station in an hour and 15 min by train. Trains with direct connections from the airport to Bern depart every 30 min.

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

EuroAirport is located in the tri-border area of Switzerland, France and Germany. A bus will take you from the airport to Basel SBB train station. From there you can take the train which brings you in around 1 hour and 15 min to Bern. Trains from Basel SBB to Bern depart every 30 min.

Geneva Airport

Geneva Airport is also well connected to the Swiss rail network. Geneva Airport train station can be reached directly from the arrivals hall. Direct trains to Bern depart every 30 min. The journey takes just under two hours.


Switzerland remains with the Swiss franc, usually indicated as CHF. While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.
The current exchange rate for the Euro (EUR) against Swiss Franc (CHF) is approximately:
1 Euro = 1.10 CHF.
Merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs.


Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.)

Most power sockets are designed for three pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins, applied for many electrical travel products, may be used without problems. Adaptors are available in most hotels. However, it may be advisable to bring an appropriate power adapter with you.

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