Bern Old Town

Last weekend I was invited to Bern, Switzerland, to discover the Art & Culture within the Swiss Capital – a trip I quickly accepted as not only would I be able to indulge in my Swiss Chocolate cravings, but also discover more to the city that I’d always seen glimpses of during ski holidays when I was younger, but never properly explored.

A capital city is usually a bustling city, larger than life with an unmistakable buzz and mayhem, but not in Switzerland. Bern is tiny, it has an unmistakeable Swiss charm – imagine Farrow & Ball green-grey buildings, sleepy clock towers and cobbled streets, wrapped up by the River Aare. In fact with a population of just 180,000 the streets are never busy, you’d never guess that it’s the Swiss capital. Despite its cosy size, Bern lacks nothing in character – with majestic views of the Bernese Alps and boasting former inhabitants such as Albert Einstein and Paul Klee.
We spent the first day exploring the Old Town, wandering the wide scobbled streets lined with beautiful shuttered buildings – we could almost have slipped back a few centuries as we watched the sparkling fountains (including a rather disturbing one of an ogre snacking on a baby.) and explored the inner workings of a clock tower. 


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Our city walk took us riverside to the Nydegg Bridge, where we passed Bern’s famous brown bears in there Bären Park, before we climbed up to the Rosengarten. When I posted a snap that I was in Bern up on my Instagram, Swiss locals were quick to recommend the restaurant which overlooks the city, surrounded by a rose garden with more than 200 varieties of the flower. We enjoyed a three course lunch while overlooking the silhouetting city’s spires and glassy green river.

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Have you ever visited Bern? Let me know your favourite spots in the city!