PS2016 Practical Information

Seminar venue: Bern, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The seminar takes place in Bern, Switzerland; see attached MAP 1. The meeting is organized by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), a CHIST-ERA partner; see attached MAP 2 with the location of the meeting rooms.

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. The population of the city is roughly 140,000 and Bern is the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. The center of the city is surrounded by the river Aare and its historic old town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Power outlets

Please notice that the Swiss power outlets are non-standard. All delegates are kindly requested to bring their own power adaptors.

How to reach Bern and the seminar at the SNSF

  • By plane to Switzerland and by train to Bern
    All 3 major Swiss airports (Zurich, Geneva or EuroAirport) are within 1h15 to 2h by train from Bern. The train timetable for national trains within Switzerland can be found here
  • Within the city of Bern
    Leave the train station in Bern via the "Welle" pedestrian overpass above Platforms 1–13; see attached MAP 1. As soon as you have negotiated the two flights of stairs, turn left and follow the large train tracks of the train station along Stadtbachstrasse. After about 300 m, Wildhainweg branches off to the right. Walking time: 5 minutes.  
  • By car
    Leave the A1 Zurich–Lausanne–Geneva motorway at the Bern Forsthaus exit and continue on straight until you reach the Insel Spital parking, on your left. Immediately after, turn left, cross the red bridge, and turn right into Stadtbachstrasse. After about 300 m, Wildhainweg branches off up a steep street to your left. A very limited number of parking spaces is available.
For further information on local public transportation, visit bernmobil.

Networking Dinner

A networking dinner will take place at the Kursaal Bern on the evening of Thursday 28 from 18h30 till 22h00.

The Kursaal is located close to the city centre, at Kornhausstrasse 3, 3000 Bern. You can travel there by tram Nr 9 from stop “Hirschengraben” (x on the map below) in direction “Wankdorf Bahnhof”. Get off the tram after approximately 5 minutes at the stop “Kursaal”. Don’t forget to buy a ticket. The Kursaal is a 30-minutes' walk away from the SNSF; see the attached MAP3 for the itinerary from the SNSF to the Kursaal with some additional attractions to see on your way.  



CHIST-ERA meeting attendees are invited to organize their accommodated on their own. Several hotels are located nearby or easily reachable with the public transports; see map. We suggest some options:

Hotels with special fixed rates (please contact the organizers to get the keyword, which you need to provide during booking to benefit from the special rates):

  • Hotel Arabelle 
    Standard Single room (1 person): CHF 130.—per night/per person incl. breakfast
    Standard Double room (1 person): CHF 145.—per night/per person incl. breakfast
    Standard Double room (2 persons): CHF 180.—per night/per room incl. breakfast
  • Hotel Ador 
    Standard Single room (1 person): CHF 150.—per night/per person incl. breakfast
    Standard Double room (1 person): CHF 180.—per night/per person incl. breakfast
    Standard Double room (2 persons): CHF 205.—per night/per room incl. breakfast 

Further hotels:

For further information, you may also contact the Bern tourist office.

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