Bern | Old City | Zytglogge
|Bern | Old City | Zytglogge
It is in 1848 that the city of Bern had the honour of being chosen by the first Swiss Parliament as the capital of the Swiss Confederation. Although being less populated than Zurich or Geneva, the Swiss capital has yet many secrets to unveil.
Its old town is nestled in a meander of the Aar River, which rises in the depths of the mountains surrounding the Grimsel Pass. While strolling along its covered arcades, one will easily recognize the Federal Parliament, the seat of the Helvetic government. Easy to access, the building reflects the swiss democracy: close to its citizens, just like the president and ministers who can sometimes be seen on the train station platform without escort in the middle of the travelers.
Since long ago, the city is placed under the sign of the bears, which even gave it its name. To be sure to meet one, you must go to the famous Bear Park at the gates of the city, which welcome bears since the Middle Ages. In 2009, the park was enlarged and now extends to the banks of the Aar River, Bears love to dive! A hobby that they also share with the inhabitants of the city: just a few meter upstream from the bear pit, you will find the famous Marzili Baths, in which the Bernese leave themselves carry by the flow of the Aar, in the summer season.
Bern's Old City has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983, wowing visitors with its impressive sandstone buildings and incomparable charm.
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