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After a week of ‘captivity’ in the mountain, it is finally time to get out for some even fresher air!
We have been all very excited about doing some city tours because we have heard wonderful things about cities in Switzerland. After taking advice from our Swiss classmate, we decided to set off to Bern! According to legend, Bern is named after the first animal hunted by the founder of the city. Needless to say, it turned out to be a bear.
To ensure that we have enough time to cover everything we want to see, six of us – five nationalities from Singapore, USA, Hong Kong, China and India – set off at 8am on the Saturday morning.
It’s very important that before you venture away from the school, you should have already applied for the half-price travel card. From Bluche to Bern, it will cost you 70.40 CHF (with the half price card). Without the card, you will have to pay 140 CHF to get to Bern. We took the connecting train at Vips and it takes approximately 20 minutes to get to Visp from Sierre; from Visp to Bern, another one hour.
It is really easy to get around Bern, we visited the old town first to see the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) which is one of the oldest you will find in Switzerland.
We headed for The Cathedral of Bern next, which is the largest and most important structure in Bern, awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.
Immediately, you can hear the clicking sounds of all the camera shutters. It’s really beautiful!
The entrance to the Cathedral is free and the interior of it is really captivating. Unfortunately, no cameras allowed! To get a 360 paranormal view of Bern, get up to the top of the Cathedral for CHF 5. Warning, if you have a fear of heights, be prepared because you will find some open windows along the way, in close proximity to you.
I don’t have a fear of heights but I was holding tightly to the hand rail. It’s a long flight of stairs with 344 steps and finally, you see the light that welcomes you to this view:
We asked the reception for a recommendation of where to go for fondue and she suggested going to this restaurant called Harmonie (check it out: http://www.harmonie.ch/de/)
However, we were disappointed to find that it is not opened for business yet, so we can’t say whether it really is good or not.
We headed off to another restaurant to try the fondue as well and it was pretty nice as well!
The famous Bear Park is a must-see in Bern. However, a sighting depends on both the weather and the season. Alas, we didn’t see the bears at all.
Anyway, here is a picture so you can get an idea of how they look like and, hopefully, by the time you visit the city they will have got back to post-hibernation social life.
We stopped by the bar beside the bear park for some beers to warm up a little.
It was a long and tiring day but was a fun and enriching also, well spent with new found friends from all over the world.
I am glad to have been given the chance to get to know friends from around the world and to explore a new city together!
I’m definitely looking forward to our next trip together before all our projects start kicking in!
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