Idea for a city trip: Bern Switzerland!; Spotted by Locals

Quite a few people do not know Bern is the capital of Switzerland. For a long time, Switzerland didn’t have a capital as it was a confederation of…

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Swiss delights: A luxury travel guide to Bern; Rebecca Underwood; LLM

Switzerland’s enchanting capital, Bern, is built around a curvature in the River Aare and was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Zahringen. It is said that…

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The UNESCO World Heritage trail in Europe—15 cities with the most amazing historic centres; Sumedha Bharpilania; India Times

The times they are a-changin’ but it is human nature to reminisce and find comfort in the past. However, very often, in our quest for progress, we forget to make an effort to safeguard our antique treasures and the many strands of our genesis.

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most beautiful countries in the world; Amy Mills; Better Homes and Gardens

Amy Mills reveals the top 10 must-visit destinations in the world…

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The Best of Both Worlds – Bern and Schilthorn in Switzerland; Allyson Klass; Senatus Magazine

There aren’t many places that can combine both vibrant city and stunning nature in just one day, but Switzerland manages to do just that.

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Our first time in Bern – meeting our Spotters; Spotted by Locals

After launching Spotted by Locals Bern earlier this year, the writers finally had a chance to visit the capital of Switzerland. Their high expectations were

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10 Must-Visit Clocks Around the World—Besides Big Ben; Cornelia Kumfert; Reader’s Digest

Everyone loves Big Ben, but there are more beautiful clocks to be found around the world you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

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Switzerland on a Budget – A Guide to Traveling Switzerland Cheaply; Vanessa Gautschi; Just a Pack

Switzerland on a Budget – Do you dream of visiting Switzerland but think you can’t afford it? Vanessa Gautschi will help you explore Switzerland cheaply!

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What to Enjoy on a Summertime Switzerland Vacation; Robert Glazier; Goway

A trip to Switzerland offers fantastic scenic attractions including snow-capped mountains, glistening lakes and quaint resorts. But that’s not all. The cities also offer great reasons to visit on a Europe vacation. Although not a large country, Switzerland is blessed with so much beauty that many other destinations should be envious. Imagine waking up in …

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11 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Switzerland; Calumn Hockey; The World Pursuit

There is an endless list of gorgeous places to visit in Switzerland, which is why many would consider Switzerland the most beautiful country in the world. Now we’re not here to make a case for that statement we do want to share some seriously jaw-dropping locations you should check out … Read More

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Pack Your Bags: You Don’t Want to Miss the 10 Most Underrated Cities in Europe; Katherine Parker-Magyar; BRIT + CO

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Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site; Daily Times

Bern is one of Switzerland’s oldest and prettiest cities, where you can bathe in the River Aare and hunt for Emmental cheese on an electric bike, all against the backdrop of some of the most majestic Alpine peaks. There’s even a museum of mountains to explore in the Swiss capital. Not only that, Albert Einstein, […]

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Most Beautiful Cities In Europe- The Marvels Of Art And Culture; SHRADDHANVITA TIWARI; TripHobo

Would you like to know what the prettiest cities in Europe are? From a high-energy nightlife to artistic grandeur and rich gastronomy, here is the list of most beautiful cities in Europe that look like parts of a fairytale!

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Browsing Around Bern; Anisha Imhasly; Verve

Visit the capital of Switzerland for some interesting art exhibitions, this summer. We give you the low-down on which ones to see…

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Most famous clocks in the world; MSN

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) London, England

Set in a 23 feet (nine meters) frame, the clock, whose bell is called Big Ben, was completed in 1859. The tower is 315 feet (96 meters) tall and has 11 floors. It was renamed “Elizabeth Tower” in 2012, in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Salisbury Cathedral Clock, Salisbury, UK

Made of hand-wrought iron, the structure is the oldest working clock in the world and was built circa 1386. Designed only to strike hours, the clock was made without a face.

City Hall clock, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

The clock is housed inside the City Hall which was completed in 1901. The four illuminated clock faces are each 26 feet (eight meters) in diameter. Set in a building 548 feet (167 meters) tall, the clock is made of cast iron with a covering of bronze.

Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The four clocks mounted near the top of the high-rise Fairmont hotel hold the record of being the largest timepiece in the world and are illuminated with a total of over two million LED lights at night. The giant clock’s face measures 141 feet (43 meters) in diameter.

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Switzerland: Go on, feel the Bern; Anna Coogan; Independent

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

I had completely underestimated the appeal of the common onion.

Yet here I am, at 6.30am on a November morning in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, at the Onion Festival, or Zibelemarit. And thousands of people are milling around stalls filled with vegetables, in particular onions produced by local farmers, and which are woven into pretty braids or festive-style wreaths.

In all, there’s a total of 648 food stalls to visit on the medieval streets – when the sun comes up I’ll see the snow-covered Swiss Alps in the distance – 171 of which are selling onions, and 57 tons of onions will be sold by the end of the day.

Yet people are up early for a lot more than onions, and are out and about in the pre-dawn darkness drinking glasses of spicy gluhwein and eating sweet pastries. The air is filled with the smell of roasting chestnuts, and children have gotten their hands on bags of confetti and are liberally showering everyone who comes near to them.

It’s all a bit mad, in a totally cheerful way.

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Holiday gem we are overlooking; Lara Grant;

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

LONG lines waiting to get into a historical site, crowded footpaths that are hard to traverse, and sky-high hotel rates are just a few problems caused by tourists in Europe’s summer months.

While Venice and Paris are notably effected by the rise in summer visitors, many European destinations offer a plethora of things to do and see, without feeling like an amusement park. Here are eight of our picks for where you should travel in Europe this summer to avoid massive crowds.


A popular winter destination, Switzerland lures travellers with its stunning landscape dominated by the Swiss Alps.

Surprisingly, the capital of Bern is often overlooked in the summer for major cities such as Geneva and Lausanne that sit along the beautiful Lake Geneva, or the more culturally significant Zurich.

However, the laid-back city is well worth a visit, thanks to its Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage site) that’s packed with medieval architecture, several notable museums, and enticing farmers’ markets. Plus, Bern is within an hour’s drive of Lake Neuchâtel and several expansive nature parks.

Bern hotel pick: Hotel Allegro Bern


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The best things to do in Bern; Wibke Carter; Independent

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

With a beautifully preserved Old Town, a view of the snow-covered Alps, world-class museums, great restaurants offering more than just chocolates and cheese and a river which invites a leisurely swim, it’s no wonder Bernese people have a reputation for being the most relaxed among their countrymen. After all, experiencing these pleasures in full takes time.

What to do in Bern

Take a walk

Thanks to its well-preserved medieval townscape, the Old Town of Bern was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983. Discover sheltered arcades, narrow streets, well-kept sandstone facades, impressive buildings and the Zytglogge, a medieval tower with a large astronomical clock.

Bear encounter

As legend has it, Bern was named after the first animal the city’s founder was able to hunt down in the woods. From 1513, bears have lived in pits around the city and since 2009, several of them are housed more ethically in the BearPark (, where they have nearly 6,000 square metres of space to explore and play; free entry.

Time is relative

Follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein who wrote his Theory of Relativity in Bern.

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Five reasons why your next event should be held in Bern; CIT Magazine

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

Traditional, charming and compact, yet ultra-modern, full of surprises and boasting a wide range of business offerings – the canton of Bern is every event planner’s dream come true.

Whether you are at the Grimsel Hospiz hotel in its barren landscape at 2,000 metres, in a typical wooden house in the picturesque Emmental or at the Kursaal in the heart of the Swiss capital – any event is sure to be a success. It is no wonder that the City of Bern won the 2017 Swiss MICE Award in the Destinations category!

Here are five reasons why you should organise your next event in the canton of Bern:

1. After an eventful meeting, what better way to escape than exploring the local surroundings. Options include the Thrill Walk on the Schilthorn, an excursion up to the magnificent Jungfraujoch, a boat trip on turquoise Lake Thun and the spectacular Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge. No matter what your purpose is, an event in the canton of Bern can be easily combined with a trip into nature – not least because of the Swiss capital’s central location and accessibility.

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The unsung capitals of the world; Tim Pile; SCMP

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

From Bern and Brasilia to Wellington, these first cities remain under the radar

United States President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recog­nise Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv, as the capital of Israel means that for the time being, the most populous city in the country is also the capital, at least to American eyes. This isn’t always the case elsewhere, however, and pub quiz contestants are forever forgetting the following cities rule the roost in their respective nations.

1 Ottawa (Population 1.25 million)

The capital of Canada was chosen by Queen Victoria after politicians were unable to reach an agreement. Some say the British monarch selected the small logging town by sticking a hat-pin in a map; others believe she was inspired by a watercolour painting of the area. In reality, there were few other settle­ments on the frontier between Ontario and Quebec.

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