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  • Day19

    To Bern and back

    September 14, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today, we took a break from hiking boots and sticks and headed for Bern, the capital of Switzerland. In less than an hour, we were sitting having a coffee (very, very expensive) outside the Hauptbahnhof right on the edge of the walkable historic town. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With 6km of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - it boasts one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. You could spend weeks in those arcades and never see the same shop twice. Although there are a few of the usual stores (eg. Lush, MacDonalds), almost all of the shops and restaurants are one of a kind. A plus for us was that Saturday is a big market day in the area right around the Parliament, with over 100 merchants selling everything from soup to nuts - literally! We walked up to the Rosengarten (aptly named) to see the view of the old town. On the route, we stopped to see the Bern bears, the live versions of the heraldic symbol of the city. Back down at the river Aare level, we picked up sandwiches to go and joined the throngs of locals in Münsterplattform, a magnificent park overlooking the river. A good day but not exactly restful; we still managed to cover 14km - at least it was mostly on the level!

    Another word about the train system. A photo below shows the Bern departure board for the period of time from 15:45 to 16:12. In 27 minutes, 26 departures. Eat your heart out VIA Rail!

    Tomorrow is our last day in Interlaken and we have a great hike planned - stay tuned!
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    Owen Snider

    We have been here in Interlaken for almost a week and this evening while searching for food we discovered a cool area across the river from our usual haunts. Unterseen is historic with impressive buildings and a great square. We will go back tomorrow to explore it further. BTW, we found a very good Italian restaurant for dinner and several options for tomorrow evening.

    Charlyne Murphy

    The view of historic Bern looks like something from a Fairy Tale. Just stunning. Oh and Owen, I sure hope you didn’t swallow the fountain water. Lord only knows what lurks in those pump pipes.