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Berne (Bern), Switzerland

We had to change trains three times with three kids and two strollers to get to Berne, the capital city of Switzerland. It was worth it.

Inside train on top floor on way to Berne, Switzerland
The train from Bienne to Berne had a second floor. We happily pulled the kids and strollers up a flight of stairs just for the view. It was wonderful. The kids were beside themselves with excitement.
Berne, Switzerland
There was a street market in Berne.

Berne, Switzerland
The famous Zytglogge tower at the entrace to the medieval section of the city of Berne.

Berne, Switzerland
In the old town there are 6 kilometers of arcades which makes it one of the longest covered shopping promenades in all of Europe. Under the arches on each side of the street in this picture shows the arcades.

Berne, Switzerland
Several cellars were used as shops underground. It was charming.

Berne, Switzerland
This is my favorite photo that I took of Berne. You can see the Cathedral of Berne and the Aar River.

Berne, Switzerland
Funny sign for a not so funny reason. I took this photo from the large space with trees (a park) just next to the cathedral of Berne which overlooks the River Aar and the houses below.

Berne, Switzerland
The girls are playing in the park just over Vilay’s shoulder.


Münster of St. Vincent in Berne, Switzerland

Münster of Berne is the cathedral of Berne. Construction on this magnificant Gothic cathedral begain in 1421 and was completed in 1893.

Münster of St. Vincent in Berne, Switzerland
Inside the cathedral.

Münster of St. Vincent in Berne, Switzerland
I loved the soft light falling on these old chairs in the cathedral.

Swiss Alps in the back
I snapped this shot from the train window on the way back home. You can see the Swiss Alps in the back.
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To view all my photos from our Berne daytrip click here.

Visit the Bern City photoblog (english).

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  • expatraveler September 30, 2007, 6:50 pm

    Your trip looks so delightful! I think there is so much to explore in and around Berne. And the shops are all so charming. I love looking at the open markets, including the lush farmers market of fruits and produce.

    Did you get to go down into the old town near the Aare River? I’m not sure but I think the correct spelling is Aare. It looks like a charming blue day and I loved the Alps and all of the great architecture.

    Plus the bern station is so fascinating… Next time you will have to check out the bears too!

    I’m so happy you got to go. And I absolutely love all of your pics!
    I’m wondering how much you enjoyed it. And if you want to go back again?

  • Pumpkin September 30, 2007, 7:50 pm

    It is Aar River in English and French. Aare is the German spelling. ;)

    We didn’t go down by the river due to time but we had a great view during lunch! :)

    Vilay and I wish that it was in the French speaking part of Switzerland because we loved it so much. It was wonderful to be back in a city again. It reminded me a little of Strasbourg with the Gothic cathedral and old city center.

  • SwissGuy September 30, 2007, 8:46 pm

    That’s my hometown… :-)

  • Pumpkin October 1, 2007, 7:39 am

    SwissGuy,
    Your hometown is beautiful and I loved visiting it. I wish we lived closer to Berne. :)

  • Almost American April 1, 2008, 12:53 am

    Great photos! I’m looking forward to eventually doing some travel in Europe with the kids and Switzerland is definitely on the list!

    A double-decker train! How cool! I didn’t know there were any in Europe!

  • Pumpkin April 1, 2008, 3:10 pm

    Almost American,

    My kids love the double decker train.
    Switzerland is beautiful. We hope to take a short family vacation in the Alps this summer even if it is only for one day.

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