Pleasant city, not too large. in a beautiful landscape. Bern is the capital of Switzerland and has a population of app. 127.000. The spoken languague in Berndütsch, a Swiss-German dialect, but most people speak German (we have to learn it at school), French and many people speak English as well
Arcades along the Streets
Bern's citizens discovered the advantage of adding arcades to their houses already in the late middle ages. The houses can be enlarged without buying more ground if the sidewalks are covered, and the shops are protected from the weather. Most streets have arcades on both sides with many little shops underneath. Pedestrians can walk and stroll underneath, being protected from rain, summer heat and winter snow.
This makes Bern a perfect "Plan B" for bad weather days when excursions into the mountains and on the lakes cannot be done. Thanks to Switzerland's gorgeous train system Bern can easily be reached for a day trip.
Bern has almost 6 kilometers of arcades, one of the longest shopping promenades in Europe. The main advantage : it?s weather-proof; even when it rains, window-shopping is fun.
This shopping galleries include antiques, fashion boutiques, tobacco, small department store, jewellers, restaurants and cafes etc.
This building is the house of...
This building is the house of parliament.
Daily In English, French, German and Italian
Monday through Saturday at 9 :00 a.m., 10 :a.m., 11 :a.m., 2 :00 p.m., 3 :p.m. and 4 :p.m.
The Federal Palace will be closed to visitors:
from 15 September through 11 October 2005 (Autumn session)
28 November 2005 (Zibelemärit)
from 23 November 2005 through 2 January 2006 (Winter session)
Visit Kunstmuseum (Art...
Visit Kunstmuseum (Art Museum). This important museum displays the third-largest art collection in Switzerland - and the largest gathering of works by Paul Klee in the world.
A Swiss-born painter and graphic artist whose personal, often gently humorous works are replete with allusions to dreams, music, and poetry, Paul Klee,(1879 - 1940), is difficult to classify.
Primitive art, surrealism, cubism, and children's art all seem blended into his small-scale, delicate paintings, watercolors, and drawings. Klee grew up in a musical family and was himself a violinist. After much hesitation he chose to study art, not music, and he attended the Munich Academy in 1900. There his teacher was the popular symbolist and society painter Franz von STUCK. Klee later toured Italy (1901-02), responding enthusiastically to Early Christian and Byzantine art.
Klee's early works are mostly etchings and pen-and-ink drawings. These combine satirical, grotesque, and surreal elements and reveal the influence of Francisco de Goya and James Ensor, both of whom Klee admired. Two of his best-known etchings, dating from 1903, are Virgin in a Tree and Two Men Meet, Each Believing the Other to Be of Higher Rank. Such peculiar, evocative titles are characteristic of Klee and give his works an added dimension of meaning.