It was a very quick and economical visit as I did not spend money on transport or museums. Still, Bern was in my heart and I intend to return there one day!
The bear is the symbol of the city of Bern, appearing on the coat of arms of its flag, because according to legend this was the first animal hunted there by the Duke of Zahringen. Remember the fountain with the bear and its hunter that I showed you in the first article about Bern? Yes, it portrays this same legend!
The shopping streets of downtown Bern have some buildings with arcades, which extend for 6 km, so if it rains, the visitor can still see all the shops, cafes and restaurants without having to open the umbrella.
One of the characteristics of the historic centre, also known as Altsdadt, are the coloured fountains with Renaissance-style statues in the centre of the streets, almost all from the 16th century.
Thun is a very small town in central Switzerland, on the banks of the River Aar and Lake Thun. It is possible to travel by boat from Interlaken, but due to the lack of time to enjoy the route, I chose to go by train, which left me right in the city centre.
Kleine Sheidegg is a ski resort with about 100 km of slopes, at 2061 m altitude. Here the Downhill World Championship starts every year, which descends to Wengen at a distance of 4.2 km.
It wouldn't be a real trip to Switzerland in winter if it didn't have at least a little snow experience!
A trip around Switzerland on a scenic train is something extremely expensive but equally unforgettable!
The lion monument is an extremely realistic sculpture of a lion cut into a huge rock in 1820 by Lukas Ahorn and Bertel Thorvaldsen, in memory of the 800 Swiss guard soldiers who died in 1792 in the French Revolution.