Grab a drink at the pub. Get a breath of fresh air. Shop the walkways. Dine at a cool cafe. Merge deep into the night. Welcome to Bern, Switzerland – a potent force since medieval times, the flourishing Swiss capital and an alluring city of museums and collections.

Bern was chosen as the capital of Switzerland for the most basic of raison d’être – it’s location. It is virtually in the middle of the country, an hour from the Alps, Geneva and Zurich. The wonderfully efficient Swiss travel system (Bernmobil) makes reaching there effortless. A very comfortable place to stay is the Best Western Hotel Bristol, which is very close to the train station.

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Old Town, which houses most of the city’s attractions, is like a peninsula, with the Aare River encompassing it.  Old Town is a traffic-free area. In the summer, the Aare River is an amusement spot, as it is clean enough to swim. So don’t forget to bring your bathing suit to Bern.
There are three main east-west streets, all of which lead to the Nydeggbruke Bridge. Across it is the Bear Park. Bears have been kept here since 1513. Until 1857 they were in the city itself, then in the bear pit and, from 2009, in the Bear Park. The Bear Park is one of Bern’s top visitor attractions. The main shopping area is on the middle street.

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The Parliament is located at the Bundesplatz, a fountain plaza adjacent to the cafe-lined Barenplatz. Bern has more than hundred fountains and the water is clean enough to satisfy a quick thirst. Close to the Parliament, is one of the city’s many parks. People sit and relax here. Other parks in town include the Rose Garden and the Botanic Gardens across the Lorianebrucke Bridge.
There are many other cultural attractions in Bern. There is the Clock Tower which was created in 1530 as the literal doorway to the city. It announces each hour with multiple moving parts in an engaging show.

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Bern has several museums which include the Kunst Museum, the Swiss Alpine Museum, the Swiss Rifle Museum and the Museum of Communication.
Bern has had its ups and throughout its history. A fire destroyed the city in 1405, but it was reconstructed in sandstone instead of wood. In fact, Bern is as appealing today as it was then and has been named a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. So pack your bags and off to Bern.

 

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