When we booked our trip to Switzerland we knew we wanted to see Zurich and Geneva. Everything else we accepted as a bonus. I wasn’t really looking for going to Bern and was relieved we had just a few hours there. But, was I up for a big surprise? Yes, I was! Bern turn out to be my favourite place in Switzerland. Let me show you why.
The first stop we made was by the The Bärengraben, or Bear Pit, we bought some souvenirs and got a picture with the statue of Albert Einstein. Behind the statue you could see the old town of Bern, which was marvelously illuminated by the sun that was setting for sunset. The sky was beautiful in its 50 shades of purple and the old buildings looked somewhat enchanting. I looked down and saw a bear walking just a few meters below me. There was the bear enclosure with some green path and a swimming pool overlooking the river.
Since, we didn’t have much time we headed to the main street of the Old Town. The cobbled street was guarded on both sides by buildings. In the middle of it were placed some of the famous 16th century fountains of Bern. I managed to snap a shot of some of them, but as we moved up the street my eyes were wandering from left to right getting more fascinated with every step.
Almost all of the shops were already closed, but you could see a café or restaurant here and there, squeezed between the buildings. We reached one of the main sights in the Old Town – the Zytglogge. And before you say “Say what?”, let we tell you what it is. This is the landmark medieval clock tower, which is one of the most acknowledged symbols of the city. There is evidence of its existence as far as 1218. It was completely burned out in the Great Fire of 1405, but was recovered during the year of its aftermath. Oh, and the name in standard German translates as Zeitglocke. There are all kinds of things on its unique façade, from lunar and calendar dial, through the zodiac and day of the week ones, to hour hand and a planisphere (showing the night, dawn and daylight).
We walked under the clock and headed to the Parliament building. When we reached it we saw a large crowd standing in the square in front of the building. We were wondering what was going on and to be honest I was a little terrified, because I hate crowds. Soon enough, we heard music and saw that there was a light show about to begin. Since, this was not planned, but was kind of once in a lifetime thing, we stayed and watched it. It was AMAZING!
You can watch the show here – Rendezvous Bundesplatz Bern 2017