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    • Day 2


      October 26, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Es wird umgebaut auf dem Messegelände und das Parkieren ist schwierig. Wir finden einen Platz veim Paul Klee Museum und laufen zur Messe.
      Dort schauen wir uns viele Mercedes Campingvans an und stellen fest, dass die Preise allgemein hoch sind. Es gibt modernere Ausbauten als unserer zukünftige Campervan haben wird, aber von der Qualität her sehen wir wenig vergleichbares. Es bestärlt uns, den ruchtigen Entscheid gegällt zu haben. Bei Teuma und Albfilter kriegen wir wichtige Inputs und ab anderen Ständen gute Auskünte zu Grills.Read more

    • Day 17


      December 24, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 45 °F

      My day started out with a lot of unknowns but ended up great. Bern is the Capitol and there was so much to see. Bern means bear so that animal was a common theme all over the town.

      Except for the one weird statue of the creepy guy who is eating a child and has several more kids in baskets. The reason for that statue, according to the tour book, is still a mystery. It's a mystery to me why it is still there after all these years.Read more

    • Day 4

      Day 4: Bern

      January 16, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

      Bern, Switzerland’s capital city is beautiful. Medieval architecture, friendly people, chocolate, chocolate and more amazing chocolate! We have had an amazing day walking and exploring the city. Bern is a Swiss German city. Hopefully tomorrow we will enjoy Chris’s favourite - schnitzel 😋Read more

    • Day 10


      July 22, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      The journey from Freiburg to Bern was a 2hr hop, changing in Basel. Mercifully the train we needed to change on to was on the adjoining platform as we only had 8 minutes for the change and our first train was 6 minutes late! We had enough time to change trains and sit down before the second train left.

      In Bern, the first tram we got ended up going the wrong way due to roadworks, so we ended up having to get a bus - however, it was all very simple, and free with your hotel reservation!

      We wandered the old centre under the baking midday heat, taking in the Einstein Haus, Parliament and beautiful streets and statues throughout. The Aare River is a beautiful colour with lots of people drifting down the fast current...something we may try if we have time! Next to the river is the Barengraben, or bear pits, which has apparently housed bears for since 1857.
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    • Day 10

      River Aare

      July 22, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      After a brief bit of respite in the hotel, we decided to do as the locals do and drift/swim down the River Aare. The severe river meander creates the boundaries of the old town and allowed you to float along sublime sights and bridges. Alas, our dry bag, Bob, had apparently developed a slow puncture so we had to purchase another one in town. The river was initially a bit chilly but once in it was superb. The flow was pretty impressive, and so long as you can float its a relatively simple float along the river with lots of other people. We hopped out before the Lorraine Baths, dried off and headed into town to experience the locals beers.

      Bern has a great craft beer scene. We stopped at the Alte Tram Depot, with glorious views over the old town, and then OnTap before decamping to a bar more local to our hotel. On the walk home, we were treated to an impromptu street gig by The Live Jukebox, with an incredible singing voice before a huge lightning storm took over the night sky.

      Beer Index (Bern) - 8.18 CHF/0.5l
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    • Day 4

      In der Berner Altstadt (2)

      October 9, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Vom Rathausplatz ging es dann weiter durch die beeindruckende Berner Altstadt, bis die Führung am Bärengraben endete. Vor der Weiterfahrt gab es am Bus noch Kaffee, den Volker in der Zwischenzeit vorbereitet hatte, und einen Extra-Keks zum Sonntag.Read more

    • Day 10


      May 5, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Hei hei 😌
      Dane sva poležala kar malo dlje saj sva spanec nujno potrebovala. Ob 9:30 se prebudim, malo za mano pa še Dejan. Na terasi ob jutranjem soncu popijema kavo in smuti, ter se brez idej komaj dogovorima kaj bova počela danes.
      Odločiva se, da se odpraviva v Bern. V Bernu sva bila cca 6 let nazaj in nama je ostal v zelo lepem spominu.
      V Siebnenu si najprej kupiva kavo ter se odpeljeva naprej. Po slabih dveh urah prispeva v sončen Bern. Parkirava avto ter pot pod noge. Peš po centru in medtem še malo po trgovinicah. Lepo je. Mesto živi! Privoščiva so lahko kosilo ( solato ) in nato še kepico sladoleda, ki je bil vrhunski.

      Nadaljujeva po mestnem jedru, vse do razgledne točke nad medvedi kjer spijeva kavo in se počasi napotiva nazaj do avtomobila. Plačava parkirnino, na kar naju skoraj kap, saj sva za dve ure in pol odštela skora 15€😧😳.
      Nato pa malo po trgovinah. Na internetu najdeva shopping center Westside in se odpeljeva proti njemu.
      Na hitro ga prehodiva ter si privoščiva zgodnjo večerjo. Testenine Carbonara vedno pašejo.
      Nato pa nazaj proti Siednenu saj naju čalata še dobri dve uri vožnje.
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    • Day 74

      Biking in Bern

      June 17, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      We had fun getting guided by Maria and the boys for the first 5 km of our ride out of Spiez. We then enjoyed rolling through forested paths to the town of Thun. More well-developed bike trails took us to Bern as we followed the vibrant turquoise waters of the Aare River. Despite the cobblestone streets, we had fun exploring the old city centre by bike and were impressed by all the cyclists and the variety in cargo and kid-carrying bikes. We had organized another Warmshowers stay in Bern, and were thrilled to meet Bubu, Haci and their 3-year old daughter Ronya. Bubu lived in New York for 7 years while in university so she spoke excellent English, while Haci had emigrated from Turkey to Switzerland and only spoke high German - perfect for Karl to get a break and get to talk in English, and Holly to find the German she learned 25 years ago while on exchange in Berlin, tucked away in the back of her head behind the other languages learned since then... With the hot weather, Bubu and Haci took us to an outdoor pool by their appartment, apparently the largest outdoor public swimming pool in Western Europe. And to travel in comfort, Holly got to try their e-bike to pull Claire in a Chariot! Bubu cooked us up a feast of delicious Turkish dishes, the girls tried to escape bedtime (such similar characters!) and we chatted late into the night about bike touring, immigration, languages, and politics - all in all it was a great day!Read more

    • Day 1

      Die Stadt Bern

      June 25, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Die Hauptstadt der Schweiz war unser erstes Ziel. Nach vier Stunden fahrt waren wir endlich da. Noch kurz durch die Stadt, und dank guter Planung fanden wir direkt einen Parkplatz in der Nähe vom Bärengraben. Von wo aus es für uns ein Katzensprung in die Altstadt war.
      In einem kleinen mexikanischen Restaurant, unweit von der Zeitglocke [Zytglogge] gab es dann erstmal Tacos und Margaritas.
      Anschließend ging es weiter zum Bundeshaus und an der x Aare zurück zum Bus. Unseren ursprünglichen Plan in Bern zu übernachten haben wir letztendlich verworfen und sind direkt nach Kantersteg gefahren. Leider war der Campingplatz bereits voll belegt, sodass wir die Nacht auf einem anderen Stellplatz, unterhalb der Skischanze, verbrachten 😀 Am Morgen konnten wir hier einer Athletin sogar beim Springen zuschauen.
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    • Day 11

      Villigen - Berne - Brienz

      July 5, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Nous sommes partis en matinée de Villigen en direction de notre prochain appartement à Brienz. Nous avons fait un arrêt à mi-parcours à Berne afin de visiter un peu la capitale. Nous avons marché dans le vieux Brienz, visité la cathédrale collégiale, mangé des bretzels dans la rue principale, assisté aux 12 coups de midi de la tour de l’horloge (qui date de près de 1000 ans). Nous avons aussi visité l’appartement qu’Albert Einstein a occupé avec sa famille pendant quelques années ici même à Berne.

      Nous avons ensuite repris le train vers Brienz, en passant par Thun et Interlaken. Les paysages sont magnifiques, les lacs et rivières sont turquoises et les montagnes sont revenues.

      Notre appartement situé au 3e étage d’une grande maison en bois nous donne une vue incroyable sur le lac et les montagnes. Après une petite épicerie et un souper tranquille, nous sommes allés marcher au bord du lac sur la promenade. On y trouve des chaises longues, de nombreuses sculptures de bois (Brienz est la capitale de la sculpture de bois, on y trouve même une école réputée), plusieurs fontaines… et même des jeux d’eau où il faut user d’ingéniosité pour faire circuler l’eau d’un endroit à l’autre.

      Nous sommes passés par la rue Brunngasse, qui a été votée comme étant la plus belle rue de l’Europe. Elle est pavée et bordée de superbes maisons de bois aux fenêtres fleuries. D’un côté, les montagnes et de l’autre, le lac. C’est un décor de carte postale!
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Bern, ቤርን, Berna, برن, ܒܪܢ, بيرن, Берн, Горад Берн, বের্ন, པེར་ནེ།, بێرن, Berno, Βέρνη, Berne, Bèrna, Beirn, ברן, अथर्ववेद, Bèn, Բեռն, BRN, ベルン, ბერნი, 베른, Bernas, ബേൺ, बर्न, Берн ош, ବର୍ନ, ਬਰਨ, Bann, 3000, பேர்ன், เบิร์น, بېرن, 办合纳, בערן, 伯恩, 伯尔尼

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