There are not that many cities that can pride themselves with perfectly retaining historic features like Bern, with its magnificent old town, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the longest covered shopping promenades on the Old Continent. Got your interest? This is just the beginning, so spending a holiday in Bern is not actually something to be questioned, it is rather a fact. The medieval atmosphere is to be fully taken in with a holiday home in Bern, a city with many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers. The best views over the old town are to be found in the Rose Garden and in the 101-metre-high cathedral tower. Then there is the River Aare that flows around the town and the former entrenchments and bastions that steeply drop to the river. Boutiques, bars and cabaret stages are to be found in the old town as well, some of them in vaulted cellars, then there are also small street cafes where you can relax among both tourists and locals. Take long walks through the city in both day and at night, for some spectacular views and a unique atmosphere.
The city has a lot to offer, as well as the area around it. Zentrum Paul Klee for example is situated on the outskirts of the city and it houses a great collection of works by Paul Klee, the artist. Then there is also the Albert Einstein House which attests to the physics genius' stay in the city at the beginning of the 20th century. The Einstein Museum, on the same note, is definitely worth a visit during a holiday in Bern. And getting to the "museums" chapter of the city and the surroundings, the History Museum, Swiss Alpine Museum and Communication Museum Bern, Art Museum, are unique and offer great exhibitions. Bern is also the seat of Switzerland's government. Close to the railway station you will notice the impressive Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus). Most of the time tourists can actually visit them and marvel at the great setting and architecture. Book a holiday home in Bern this year so you have easy access to all major attractions here.
The River Aare is great for bathing in the summer; if you are more of an experienced swimmer, you can just drift along the river enjoying a beautiful view of the Houses of Parliament. Along the river, there are also the Botanical Gardens, the Dählhölzli Zoo and the old Matte district. Bern is also known for its heraldic beast, the bear, so it is highly recommended to also visit the Bear Park, your kids will absolutely love it. Stroll along the squares of the city center and enjoy the colorful weekly markets, a great afternoon family outing. The Onion Market in November is particularly worth visiting. While in the Bern region in Switzerland, take a train ride as well, it is a great experience for both young and old, and Switzerland has an extremely well developed railway system. Plus, from Bern, you can actually get to major European cities by train, so your travel experiences will never be limited here.
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