Witness history comes alive at Switzerland Bern city!
Bern is the capital of Switzerland. In 1983 the town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2010 it was ranked as the world’s top ten cities for best quality of life.
The travel to this historic town of Bern city was an optional tour for the group. It’s a living town with residents, thus no admission fee is needed. Our guide, however, charges USD$70 per person, just to bring us there for a 6 hours walk. Despite the high charges, non of the 30 tour mates opted out. We count ourselves lucky for joining the trip, for it emerged as one of the happiest place we had been in our Europe tour.
The town is a tourist attraction, with lots of shops, dinning outlets and souvenirs. Walking down the cobbled street is likened to be in Disneyland, all of us were elated and started to run about like children firing off the cameras. We were not the lone group who felt so, everywhere we had been, tourists, young or old, were busy with their cameras. Do not forget to enjoy the artistic decorated facades. All said, a 6 hours walked at Bern city was hardly sufficient to feel its ‘heartbeat’.
For souvenir lovers, the availability of dozens of souvenir shop make this is a shopping paradise!
The first impression of this place was: Wow, what a place! This is probably the most beautiful site of Bern city. The scenic Bern City calls for a few hundred shots on your camera. So prepare and fully charge your battery before arrival.
Had the guide not told us it was a living town, we would had thought it was a movie setup in Hollywood. Despite knowing a bit about this place before arrival, initially, everyone thought it was a close-up exhibition on first glance. The rows of heritage buildings made the place looked like a scene in the movie .
There were no parade going on or was there a performance, neither was it a national holiday, but everywhere we went to, it was tourists, tourists everywhere.
It was so good to see no one was on the rush or in a hurry to go from one place to another despite the crowded streets. Everyone was relaxed over here, did life came to a standstill? Or life actually should be this good! Somehow we found that the locals here were taking life at their own pace, they looked very carefree, what a contrast from our hectic city life.
Even my 10 year old kids were fascinated by the artistic landscape, they started to fire off their smartphone and tablet for pictures. Bern City was probably the 2nd most beautiful city of Switzerland we had been. The other one we liked was Lucerne .
Albert Einsteinhe and Bern
One unusual thing we found at Bern was the residence of the world renowned scientist Albert Einstein. He was said to have stayed here between 1903-1905, on the 2nd level of this street, making famous the address No.49. It was here that he developed the famous Special Theory of Relativity.
The house has since been developed into a museum, opens to the public. We did not visit the museum, however, due to discovering it late in the day and the long queue at the museum.