Runaway Photo: The Modest European Capital – Bern, Switzerland

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Runaway Photo: The Modest European Capital – Bern, Switzerland

Federal Palace of Switzerland (Swiss Parliament Building)

 

What do you know about Bern, Switzerland?

 

Bern, where Einstein spent two years of his life before he started his career as a theoretical physicist, is a small and somewhat very typical European city. This city has been named one of the top ten cities for the best quality of life, and it’s not hard to see why. The strange thing was, Bern didn’t really seem like an ordinary European capitals as I was getting to know the place. There was nothing ‘grand’ about it. It was really beautiful but it wasn’t charismatic compared to other capital cities like Paris or Rome. Yet, I really-really liked this place. There was no Eiffel Tower of Colosseum, but Bern is definitely one of my favourite places in Europe.

 

The view was stunning. The Aare River is flowing around Bern, and creating a beautiful scenery. The bears, hanging out on the riverside, are the symbolism of the city of Bern. The origin of the name, Bern, is uncertain, but the founder of city of Bern vowed to name the city after the first animal he met on the hunt, and that turned out to be a bear. Bear is the animal of the coat of arms of Bern from the 1220s.

It was quite fun to visiting the eleven Renaissance allegorical statues. All of these, except one, are currently working 16th century fountains. If you don’t have time to visit all eleven of them, make sure to see Kindlifresserbrunnen (Child Eater Fountain, Ogre Fountain), which is clamed to represent the Greek god Chronos that scares disobedient children.

Einstein’s house (Einsteinhaus) is open to visitors. It was an honor for me to see the house once belong to one of the most brilliant minds in Science.

The astronomical clock tower (Zytglogge) was a surprise. Nothing special, it begins with a song a few minutes before the hour. On the hour, bears and king get into the show. It last for a few minutes.

 

Bern was calm, lovely and modest. I was pleasantly surprised by how charming this place was. It is my kind of city.

 

6km long shopping arcades

6km long shopping arcades in Bern

Bridges on River Aare in Bern

Bridges on River Aare in Bern

Bern and River Aare

Bern and River Aare

The Zytglogge clock tower and the city's medieval covered shopping promenades (Lauben)

The Zytglogge clock tower

Bridges on River Aare

Bridges on River Aare

River Aare

River Aare and Bern

The Ogre of the Kindlifresserbrunnen has a sack of children waiting to be devoured.

The Ogre of the Kindlifresserbrunnen has a sack of children waiting to be devoured.

 

Bern

One of the allegorical statues

Federal Palace of Switzerland (Swiss Parliament Building)

Federal Palace of Switzerland (Swiss Parliament Building)

Switzerland train view

Switzerland train view from Bern to Lucern

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

2 Comments

  1. Andi says:

    Oh it’s sooo lovely, take me there now!!!

  2. Jessie Festa says:

    Lovely photos 🙂 I didn’t get to go to Bern when I was in Switzerland but these make me want to take a return trip!

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