HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND
WHAT TO DO IN BERN
The absolute highlight of Bern is the old town, which is UNESCO-listed as World Heritage (my #141 site). Mostly car-free due to its narrow streets and cobblestones, you can get lost in the narrow alleys passing medieval houses, fountains and students grabbing a coffee under the arcades. A must-do in old town Bern is wander the streets and feel the atmosphere.
Berner Münster is the city’s cathedral. Built in 1413 as a Gothic cathedral had to visit, when I work in a UNESCO listed Gothic cathedral myself. (I love my work!) Check out the the old stained glass windows. On the south side nave is a classic – who doesn’t love a good old dance macabre (Dance of Death. You can learn more about this at the History Museum). Across the entrance is the most complete late Gothic sculpture collections in Europe.
But if you are not me, there’s another reason to visit. You can climb the 344 step tower for great views. But not if you’re a single traveller…
I left leaving my scared-of-heights-friend in the hotel heading for some spectacular views across Bern. But alas, apparently people commit suicide by throwing themselves from the tower. So I was only allowed with a family member or a friend. That’s so sad. The lady apologized, but imagine to have a job where you have to be afraid your guests will kill themselves.
So I called my friend and had to wait an hour before she arrived. She bravely followed me up to the first platform and convinced the tower man, that I wasn’t going to kill myself after just surviving cancer. Hesitantly, he let me continue up alone to the second level. But otherwise first level is fine enough it being the tallest cathedral in Switzerland. Beware of the time when passing the largest bell in Switzerland or you’ll go deaf.
History & Einstein Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Bern
Swimming & chilling
Where to eat & drink in Bern
CORONA (August 21)
We had to fill out an electronic form. Being fully vaccinated, we didn’t need tests, but we took one anyway. The hotel also asked us for extra information beforehand. But nobody checked the formula or the vaccine certificates. But we did get a text message from the health authorities. We had to wear facemasks everywhere inside. But from September 13, you don’t have to wear masks, but you do have to show a certificate. Check updated information before you go.