In 1983 the historic old town in the center of Bern/Berne became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Berne is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life
The train from Zurich to Berne provided the most amazing vistas and we knew we were in for a delightful treat…
The structure of Bern’s city center is largely medieval …..
Perhaps its most famous sight is the Zytglogge , an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets.
It also has an impressive 15th century Gothic cathedral, the Munster…..
The festive May Pole in the Munster…….
Thanks to 6 kilometers (4 miles) of arcades, the old town boasts one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe….oh yes we walked them all….several times…..
The Federal Palace (Bundeshaus), built from 1857 to 1902, which houses the national parliament, government and part of the federal administration, can also be visited…..
Albert Einstein lived in a flat at the Kramgasse 49, the site of the Einsteinhaus, from 1903 to 1905, the year in which the Annus Mirabilis Papers were published….
There are eleven Renaissance allegorical statues on public fountains in the Old Town.
Nearly all the 16th century fountains, except the Zähringer fountain which was created by Hans Hiltbrand, are the work of the Fribourg master Hans Gieng.
One of the more interesting fountains is the Kindlifresserbrunnen or Child Eater Fountain
All along the street, each building has a set of Cellar Doors….
These are actually the entrances to cafes, shops and clubs…..under each establishment is another one!!
Every corner we turned held another beautiful view….
Have you noticed that it is very quiet in the town??
Well we chose the perfect time to visit Berne….there was a giant Family Expo being held….
We had the entire town to ourselves! Marvelous!
We fell in love with all the beautiful fountains and statues throughout the town…..
Berne is just enchanting……
The fresh crisp air off the snow covered Alps was just divine…..
……..We were ready for some great Swiss Food….
……since it was a holiday of sorts, finding an open restaurant was not that easy…..
We found the wonderful Ringgenberg with a beautiful patio for al fresco dining…
Oh what delights awaited our palates…..
Cream of Asparagus Soup with Mushrooms topped with Asparagus and Delightful Tiny Pancakes…
….of course since we are in Switzerland, the Cappuccino is topped with Marvelous Chocolate….
We fell in love with Berne and hope to come and visit her again one day….
Hope you enjoyed this visit to Berne with us……..until next time……