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Bern Old City
It's a cityscape that's easy to fall in love with. Bern Old City teems with picturesque, well-preserved medieval buildings.
Medieval building facades
Many have arcades. These covered sidewalks separate shops from the street (see lower-right side of photo). In sum, they stretch 6 kilometers (4 miles).
Most of the buildings in town were constructed in the 15th century medieval period.
This gothic cathedral is acclaimed for the magnificent Last Judgment sculpturing over its main entrance. The Munster's spire soars 100 meters (330 feet). Climb it for a grand view of the town.
Bern is the capital of Switzerland and is home to the monumental edifice that houses the House of Parliament and some other governmental functions. Take a tour.
The clock of this 13th century structure (see left of photo) has animated sculptures that perform hourly.
In addition ...
There are four commendable museums: Paul Klee Center (showcases paintings of this famous native son) Historical Museum Museum of Fine Arts Swiss Alpine Museum.
Other popular sightseeing venues include Bear Pit (see the animals up close) Rose Garden (has best view of the town). Both venues are across the river.
The town sits nobly on a hilly peninsula, which is surrounded on three sides by the swift, hairpin-turning Aare River.
Walking or riding a bicycle (free) is the best transportation mode inside this compact, narrow-street town. If you arrived in a car, you must park it outside because only vehicles with special permits are allowed inside.
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