KEYWORD: Bern, Switzerland
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As the nation's capital, Bern, Switzerland is home to the Swiss parliament. It is here that final federal authority is being wielded every day. And yet, despite its high political status and its reputation for once being Europe's most floral city, Bern, Switzerland manages to retain its easy approach to life, reminiscent of small towns.
Thinking about it, it comes as no surprise that Bern, Switzerland should retain that small town charm. The city itself is tiny, with barely 130,000 people. Traffic is relatively lighter than what one would expect from a capital city, and most of them are kept out of the Old Town so you could spend your days wandering the perfectly preserved medieval streets and alleys with its arcades, fountains and towers and feel like you have gone back in time. This is the reason why UNESCO deemed Bern, Switzerland a World Heritage Site, ranking it among such legendary places as Petra, Florence, and the Taj Mahal in India.
So what fun things does Bern, Switzerland have in store for you? Read on.
Bear Pits and Park
According to legend, Bern, Switzerland got its name from an incident where Bern's founder, Berchtold V von Zahringen, killed a bear on the Aare peninsula, 'bar' being the German word for 'bear.' At any rate, the Bear Pits, as its name suggests, is a natural habitat for bears. It was first established in 1857 and since then has never changed locations.
Today, the Bear Pits is home to three Pyrenean brown bears, named Urs, Pedro and Tana. You can view them every day from 9:30 to 17:00 hours in the summer time and 9:30 to 16:30 hours in the winter.
In April 2003, the Bear Pits was turned into a park, complete with enclosures that will allow the bears to fish and swim in the waters of Aare River.
Located right in the center of Berne, Switzerland, the Botanical Gardens cover an entire area comprising of 2 hectares. Here, you will find around 6,000 different plant species and sub-species, either growing outdoors or housed inside any of the seven greenhouses.
You can gain insight into the Swiss flora by visiting this attraction in Bern, Switzerland. In addition to learning about the endangered species, the Botanical Gardens also have a selection of alpine plants and plants from North America and Asia.
Bern, Switzerland has over 100 fountains, and this perhaps is the reason why it is sometimes nicknamed as the 'city of fountains.' The fountains are landmarks to the fascinating history of Bern, as well as a reflection of the wealth of its people dating back to the 16th century. Of the more than a hundred fountains in Bern, Switzerland, 11 of them still feature the original statues, including Gerechtigkeit (Justice), Chindlifresser (Ogre), and Zahringen.