Hello lovelies, how’s everything going? Today’s post is about Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. The capital is built around a crook in the Aare River. It traces its origins back to the 12th century, with medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt (Old Town).
The Swiss Parliament and diplomats meet in the Neo-Renaissance Bundeshaus (Federal Palace). The Französische Kirche (French Church) and the nearby medieval tower known as the Zytglogge both date to the 13th century.
The Gothic Cathedral of Bern has 15th-century stained glass windows and views over the Altstadt’s red roofs from its commanding spire. Across the Kirchenfeldbrücke – one of 18 bridges over the Aare – the Bern Historical Museum incorporates an Einstein Museum dedicated to the famous physicist and former city resident.
Bears, a mascot of the city, can be viewed in their riverside habitat, BärenPark.
When to visit?
Peak travel is May–Nov. Many visitors come to the city for events like:
- the pre-Lenten Bern Carnival (Feb/Mar);
- the Bern Grand-Prix running race;
- Gurtenfestival (Jul), a music festival with many international bands;
- the Buskers Street Music Festival, with musicians performing in the Altstadt;
- the Zibelemärit (Onion Market) celebration (Nov), which honors the onion with displays of braided wreaths and food stalls featuring onion-flavored dishes. via google.com
Inside Switzerland – 10 Things to do in Bern
Here are 10 things to do in Bern:
1. Gelmerbahn – The Gelmer Funicular
The Gelmer Funicular is a cable railway in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. It links a lower terminus at Handegg, in the Haslital (the valley of the upper Aar River), with an upper terminus at the Gelmersee lake.
The Gelmerbahn was the steepest funicular in Switzerland and Europe, until the opening of the new Stoos Funicular in 2017. The Handegg terminus of the line is close to the road over the Grimsel Pass. It is accessible by car and by an infrequent PostBus service.
Scenic, turquoise-colored mountain lake with hiking trails & winter skiing & ice fishing.
Tranquil city park known for its floral diversity, sweeping city views, playground & restaurant.
Hilly park incorporating a 19th-century bear pit, now home to many brown bears, the city’s symbol.
Opened in 1937, this animal park on 15 hectares offers an aquarium, a petting zoo & a bear vivarium.
6. Old City
The Old City is the medieval city center of Bern, Switzerland. Built on a narrow hill surrounded on three sides by the river Aare, its compact layout has remained essentially unchanged since its construction during the twelfth to the fifteenth century.
The Old City is home to Switzerland’s tallest cathedral as well as other churches, bridges and a large collection of Renaissance fountains. In addition to many historical buildings, the seats of the federal, cantonal and municipal government are also situated in the Old City.
It is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site since 1983 due to the compact and generally intact medieval core and is an excellent example of incorporating the modern world into a medieval city.
Numerous buildings in the Old City have been designated as Swiss Cultural Properties of National Significance, as well as the entire Old City. via wikipedia.org
Bicameral, cupola-topped parliamentary assembly building with a viewing gallery & guided tours.
8. Aare River
The Aare or Aar is a tributary of the High Rhine and the longest river that both rises and ends entirely within Switzerland. Its total length from its source to its junction with the Rhine comprises.
Museum opened in 1879 housing works by Paul Klee, Ferdinand Hodler, Meret Oppenheim & Pablo Picasso.
The Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre, on the outskirts of Bern, Switzerland, is a multi-use facility with shops, restaurants, a swimming pool, conference spaces, residences, a hotel, fitness centers, and a cinema.
That’s it for today’s, I hope you enjoyed this post and see you on my next post 😍 Many exciting surprises are planned ahead, so stay tuned 🔜
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Featured image from bern.com