The Capital City of Switzerland – Bern, It Is not Geneva nor Zurich!

When

18 – 19 March 2012

Travel Mate/s

My partner in life 🙂

Itinerary

18/March/2012 Paris to Bern

19/March/2012 Bern city center then out to Interlaken

 

Travel Notes

We were arrived in Bern Central Station by TGV from Paris in almost midnight. Myself did not like traveling at midnight since there will more things need to be prepared; such as whether the public transportation will harder to find or how about if my hotel booking troubled, does the alternative hotel located far, or else. So I was pretty concern back then, hoping that everything should be happened as planned.

Welcome to Bern

Welcome to Bern

The Old Town

The Old Town

As we got off from the train, Bern Central station still packed with people. Dragging our luggage, we easily find our way out of the Bern Central Station and found the tram terminal. The first thing we noted that we will need coin to buy the tram tickets and we were trying our luck just to ask to the nearest person where we can exchange our money for coins. Surprisingly he immediately took his wallet then said we can exchange our money to him. Yes, it was a really nice of him. Then our next problem would be how to buy the tram tickets. We already knew back then the tram number which we’ll need to take to reach our hotel. Tried several times to do the input to the tram ticket machines, it did not work out as expected. Looking around, we decided to ask a young Swiss soldier and he was not only just gave us direction on how to use the machine, he bought us the tickets. Hurray! Another kind people we met during the trip 🙂

Our hotel – Ibis Bern Expo – located at the end of our tram route. There was no problem with our booking, then we directly went to our room to rest. Thanked to God that everything run as planned.

Our Hotel neighborhood

Our Hotel neighborhood

The tram route

The tram route

When the morning came, we were looking to the Bern map, which was given by the hotel. Actually we did not have any expectation to Bern, since we consider it as transit. We planned to continue our journey to Interlaken in the afternoon. So with no expectation, we were so ready to absorb anything the city would give us. Back to the map, we decided to explore Bern city center that seem offer everything we want to see or know about the city.

Some background about the city, Bern is the capital city of Switzerland. Yes, it is not Zurich or Geneva. The name of Bern is taken from the word ‘Bear’ and it is related with the city history. Old city of Bern is also listed in UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. Another interesting fact that Einsten  was live in Bern when he found his famous Relativity theory. Based on that then we want to see the famous Bear Park, Einstein House and Zytlogge (the famous astronomical clock). All of these sites said located in Bern Old City center.

And the more we explore the old city center, the more we amazed with its charm.

The Old City of Bern mainly covered by the long shopping promenade. It is said that Bern’s shopping promenade is the longest shopping promenade in Europe. A lot of window shopping accompanied by the beauty of the Old city. Actually we can almost found everything – clothes, shoes, flower, bakery even costume. Our first destinatination, Zytlogge more or less is located in the middle of the shopping promenade. It is near the eye-catching drugstore – they called it Aphotheke. I really like the Aphoteke actually, it is so vintage.

Touch of whimsical

Touch of whimsical

Home of Einstein

Home of Einstein

Us with the famous fountain

Us with the famous fountain

Zytlogge - the Astronomical Clock

Zytlogge – the Astronomical Clock

Next would be the Einstein-Haus, too bad we can not enter his apartment at that time since it is under maintenance for water problem. But at least we can see the neighborhood where Einstein live and found his Relativity theory, so peaceful. It is said from his working window he can see directly the cobblestone road which is not changed. Along the way, we will also found several Bern’s fountain which depict different characters, made by famous artist in 16th century; which said there are 15 of them. All of them are being preserved as it is. Only the neighboorhood is turned into the shopping promenade and caffes. So it is cool for being able to see a glimpse of what Einstein see in his daily life.

And at the End of the road, we found the Bern Bear Park. If you ever see bear – like I do, then it will be interesting.

The Bern!

The Bern!

If we search Bern in map, it is shaped like a peninsula, surrounded by Aare river (a beautiful name for river I think. I can imagine named my daughter with Aare and bet she is as beautiful as fairy in a fairytale 🙂 ). And when we walk through the city, at the end of the Old city, we crossed a bridge and when we look back, we were able to see the peninsula. Stunning!

The Peninsula

The Peninsula

Personal Notes

So in less than 1 day of our time spent in Bern, we found…
In Bern, still there are a lot of kind people who want to help strangers like us
In Bern, you can wandering around the Old City center for about 2 hours and still got a lot of interesting pictures of the city (it is applied for me). Even it was a rainy and cloudy day!
In Bern, you can left your selling items outside the store without being watched. And as buyer you will be able to see and choose the items without being interrupted by the seller. I am a big fans of this culture where self control is common.
In Bern, the store is open only in six days a week, 9 AM to 7 PM. Saturday will be until 5 PM only. Sunday they are closed. I saw it in the shopping promenade, guess they prefer to do anything else other than shopping or selling. And it is really nice!

Well that’s a wrap for Bern, we continued our journey to Interlaken that afternoon.

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe – Anatole France”

A nice treat for eyes and mind :)

A nice treat for eyes and mind 🙂

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