In 2011 I flew to Munich to visit my friend Rena, who was living there at the time. We were only going to visit Munich and Ireland, but at the last minute, Rena suggested we do a quick side trip to Switzerland to visit a friend she had living in Zurich. She also had a friend in Bern who invited us to spend a night, so we stopped there for a hot second as well. Here we are in Switzerland, with the Swiss Alps in the background. How ’bout those Ireland shirts 😉
Unbeknownst to me prior to visiting Bern, it’s actually the capital of Switzerland! Unlike most capitols of major European countries, it’s a quaint and charming town (with just over 130,000 people). Legend has it that Bern was named by the man who discovered the town, after declaring “I’m going to name this town after the first animal I see in it,” which happened to be a bear. And while we didn’t see any wild bears running around everywhere, there is a part of the city where they have several bears on display in the semi-wild. You can see one of them lounging in the pic below.
There were some cute ones, like this guy playing hide-and-seek.
The city of Bern has a unique architectural style that I haven’t really seen anywhere else in the world. Every several blocks there are these fountains that you can see in the middle of this road. The fountains pump water underneath the street, which you can see from above.
This is where the water from the fountain flows beneath the center of the city streets.
I’m a big fan of trains, especially comfy ones with lots of open seats. We lucked out on this train and even saw a beautiful sunset to boot. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on our trip to Zurich, where we attended a fondue & wine festival on Lake Zurich and visited a Persian nightclub VIP style.