The capital of Switzerland is overlooked on many European travels. You probably didn’t even know it was the capital of Switzerland (I had to double-check with google). Prior to coming to Europe the only two cities I knew existed in Switzerland were Zürich and Geneva but once I found out about this town it was quickly added to my bucket list. It is located in the middle of Switzerland perfect layover land if you are trying from one end to the other. Bern was built around a crook in the Aare River and is known for its high quality of life and chocolate.
GETTING THERE: from either Zurich or Geneva the best possible way to is to hop aboard the train with some snacks and relax and enjoy the view
Zytglogge’ Clock Tower
The clock tower is a landmark of Bern, located in the heart of the center and still functions today. This clock tower was created in the 13th century and has served many purposes (prison, guard tower, memorial and clock tower). The clock tower not only tells the time to passerbys but if you look closer you can see: the day of the week, the month, the zodiac sign and the phases of the moon.
The bridge that connects the eastern part of Bern to the old town over the Aare River, don’t forget to turn around and catch a glimpse of the Cailler chocolate factory (you can wander on down and tour the factory itself).
Wander through the streets towards the Einsteinhaus, or House of Einstein (bucket lister!) where he, the greatest born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, lived from 1903-1905. Make sure you check the times and prices on the website because sadly when we arrived, it was closed 😦 but there is a beautiful area right outside that you can wander around. It is said that Bern became the starting point for the pivotal moment in Einstein’s legendary career. It was during these years “the happiest and most fruitful years of his life” that he discovered the ‘Special Theory of Relatively’
Until next time Bern