Bärengraben, Bern

It’s well known that the heraldic animal of Bern is the bear. That’s hard to miss because it can be found everywhere on stuff relating to the city. Why is that? The legend says that the city was named by its founder Berthold V., the duke of Zähringen, after the first animal he has slain in the area. Still today a small number of bears are held in the city, and you can visit them east of the old city center at the river Aare.

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Münster, Bern

When visiting Bern there is no way around having a look at the Berner Münster, the beautiful Gothic-style cathedral in the heart of the city. It was built starting in 1421 on the grounds of a former smaller church in this location. Most impressive detail is the portal depicting the Last Judgment with 234 figures carved out of sandstone.

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Zytglogge, Bern

The Zytglogge is a famous clock tower in the old town of Bern, Switzerland. When you decode the local German dialect its name consists of the two words ‘Zeit’ and ‘Glocke’, ‘time’ and ‘bell’. It was built between 1218 and 1220 and was once part of the protection system of the city. As the city could only grow to the west because of the geographic situation it is now at the heart of the city.

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City am Bahnhof

Hotel City am Bahnhof, Bern

Switzerland is an extremely expensive country. You can pay a fortune for a vacation there and hotel rates are remarkably high as well. If you don’t need an extraordinary, beautiful hotel because you’re just on a city trip you might decide to have a look at the hotel ‘City am Bahnhof‘. It has one particularly important advantage: it is located just across the road when leaving the main railway station of Bern.

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EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL/MLH/EAP)

EuroAirport, Basel, Switzerland

The international airport Basel-Mulhouse (brand name “EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg“) is something special: it dates back to 1946, is located in Saint-Louis, France and is operated by two states (France, Switzerland). It is 3,5 km afar from Basel, Switzerland and 20 km from Mulhouse, France. As it has also importance for the south-west of Germany the name of Freiburg im Breisgau was added in 1987. Continue reading “EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL/MLH/EAP)”

Cathedral of Basel

Münster, Basel

The Basler Münster is the most important church in Basel, Switzerland. It is made of red freestone and is easily recognizable because of the geometric forms on its muticolored roof. The town lean towers can be seen from many parts of the city. It has been built between the years 1019 and 1500 CE in gothic style. Today it is used for protestant devine service. Continue reading “Cathedral of Basel”