In the last post, I introduced you to the city of Friborg. Linda, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Switzerland. But, a 3-hour tour shows us a good flash of the city. So, as we had started the tour early in the morning, we still have a long day ahead of us.
Returning to the station, we took the train straight to Bern.
Forget everything you’ve heard about occupying urban space. Forget everything you’ve ever seen or heard about architecture. Bern is an architectural heritage of humanity, listed by UNESCO. Leaving the central station and walking towards the old town, you understand why.
Bern is the capital of Switzerland. In a country of almost 800 years, the capital was founded in time immemorial. But, it officially became the only capital, after Napoleon’s invasion. Thus, constructions and buildings worthy of a European capital, mix with the cliffs and stepped gardens following the banks of the River Aare.
The color of the river alone would already pay for the cost of transportation and food.
Our option was to start the tour from the station towards Bern Münsterplattform. No interest in getting off the elevator, but having a coffee in the square and taking pictures, and enjoying the view.
From there, we headed towards the Bärepark to see the bears. The path crosses the old town and ends at the Nyddegbrücke bridge, whose view is beautiful, but not the most impressive bridge in the city.
The bear park has nothing very attractive except for the poor bears imprisoned in a green space. But, from there it is possible to have a unique view of the city and the river. It is also a great place for a snack and a little rest from the walk.
Our walk continued towards the Kornhausebrücke bridge, the bridge of so many postcards and photos on Bern. She is impressive. The walk there goes through several oar clubs and palaces with lush gardens. Tricentennial trees with the most diverse colors of leaves contrast with the river Aare forming a spectacle of the relationship between urbanism and nature.
From the bridge, we return to the center of the old town, directly at Kindfressenbrünnen, the famous fountain in Bern’s central square. As this was the first opening week after the 3-month Lockdown, the source was turned off.
We visited the Rathaus, the city hall of Bern, the government buildings, and the buildings connected to the church. But these, as in all European capitals, are magnanimous and not surprising. The contrast of the peninsula where the city is, with its houses, alleys, and alleys, is surprising.
Bern left me with an impression, a mark on the heart, and a sigh of admiration that crossed my chest.