Rat haus --- Town Hall
The Rathaus [ Town Hall ] is on the corner of Rathaus Gasse and Post gasse Bern and is the political centre of the city and canton of Bern .The building was erected between 1406 and 1416 in Gothic style. with a double staircase. There are 160 members of the Assembly. [Grosser Rat ]...Open to public Monday to Thursday.Add to your Trip Planner
A walk by river and main street
Starting by the police building in the centre of Bern, is a path that goes down to the river Aare rather steeply to a little footbridge, i crossed the bridge to continue on the other side on a path toward the bear garden , [ there are paths on both sides of the river ,but the sun was shining on the otherside. ] just before the high bridge near bear gardens is a low level bridge i crossed to part of the old town,then up to the main street of Bern to return to where i started.Add to your Trip Planner
Trip from Bern to Murten /Morat
A trip by train from Bern train station to Murten /Morat takes about 35 minutes, direct or with a change at Kerzers. The medieval town is pleasing on the eye and as a town wall that can be walked on free. On leaving the train station, turn right,then first left if you see a castle looking building ,then continue into town. A circluar tour of Murten and a walk on the walls took about 2 hours.with a break for tea or coffee. Murten is a lakeside town. The wall is secure to walk on with a strong fence,some parts steps can be difficult, the entry is by wooden staircase.Add to your Trip Planner
This is the village that my hotel was in,only small, there was the rail station train to Bern 17 minutes. There was a church ,Coop Store, Cafe that only open at lunch time and little else. Niederscherli is 6 km from Bern a farming village. The hotel in Niederscherli village is ideal if you are travelling by car or bike. If your visiting Bern just pop on a train,17 minutes.Add to your Trip Planner
Trip from Bern to Lauterbrunnen and Lucerne.
I had a Swiss Travel Pass and i got value for money from it . From Bern on a day trip i went to Lauterbrunnen on the train,change at at Interlaken East ,to connecting train. After seeing lovely Lauterbrunnen ,took train to Interlaken again [ ive been there before so didnt stop ] on to Lucerne [ Luzern ]. If you haven"t researched your trip off you can ask the info office at the rail station for a itinerary. Just say a time and where you want to go and they will print out a note.Add to your Trip Planner
The main Streets all have covered arched walkways, so the shops and cafes are under cover. Another feature is the cellar doors, some used some not. The cellars are used has shops or hairdressers etc. Has the roads goes down to the river some walkways are up steps from the road.Add to your Trip Planner
Ryfflibrunnen depicts a military officer with a crossbow over his shoulder. He is accompanied by a little bear that holds a flintlock rifle.
The story behind the statue is to be found back in the 14th century. After the Battle of Laupen was fought on June 21, 1339 between the Bern and its allies on one side, and Freiburg together with feudal landholders from the County of Burgundy and Habsburg territories on the other, the Bernese troops laid siege to the Burgistein Fortress and the Burgundy's allied Knight Jordan III von Burgistein. When he believed the Bernese troops withdrew themselves he went to the window and was shot with an arrow from Ryffli's crossbow.Add to your Trip Planner
Kindlifresserbrunnen is a very strange creation. In English it is called "Child Eater fountain". It depicts a beast that eats small children. He is just on his way to put one child in his mouth while others are "waiting" on their turn. There are many different explanations as to what is the meaning behind the statue. I stick to the one that says it was intended to frighten disobedient children. That sounds most likely to me taken into consideration all the similar legends and stories flourishing everywhere.Add to your Trip Planner
The Cathedral - is this a savings-box?.
On one of the walls inside the cathedral I saw this construction. When taken into consideration the padlocks, it might have been used as a savings-box but there was no information around so I can not tell. However I like the design of the padlocks, it is somewhat unusual.
Update: thanks to Oleg D I got to know that it is called an alms box. Well, a kind of savings-box then.Related to:
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Vennerbrunnen, or the "Banner Carrier fountain" in English, shows a Venner in full armour with the Bernese banner.
The Venner was a very powerful person in medieval Switzerland. It is a combined military and political title. He was responsible for peace and protection in a section of a city and also had to lead troops from that section in battles. The Venner was connected to a guild and chosen from the guild members. The Venner was one of only two positions from which the Lord Mayor could be chosen.Related to:
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The Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen ("Fountain of Justice") was constructed in 1543. At the feet of Justice there are four smaller busts depicting an emperor, a mayor, a pope and a sultan. The symbolism is evident: law is supreme to all earthly powers.
The sword and scales are traditional attributes of Iustitia but this is the first time the blindfold appears on a statue. It has later been traditional as well, though.
The statue we can see today is a copy since the original one was severly damaged by vandalism on 13 October 1986.Add to your Trip Planner
Simsonbrunnen (Samson fountain) represents the legend of Samson killing a lion. According to the legend he was born to a sterile israelite couple on the conditions that his mother and her child (Samson) never will taste alcohol and that he never shave or cut his hair. Since he accepts to live under these conditions, he is granted great strength. As a young man he falls in love with a Philistine woman and decides to marry her. On his way to the wedding he is attacked by a lion and with his incredible strength kills it.Add to your Trip Planner
There has over the centuries been a lot of disputes as to why Moses is depicted with a kind of horns on the statue in Mosesbrunnen. The most common explanation nowadays seems to be that there was a false interpretation of a word leading the sculptor the wrong way. Instead of "horns" it should have been interpretated as "enlightened".Add to your Trip Planner
The Zähringenbrunnen is the only one of the medieval fountains that was not created by Hans Gieng but by Hans Hiltbrand. It was built as a memorial to Berchtold von Zähringer, the founder of Bern, in 1535. The statue is in fact a bear, in full armor! The explanation to this is the legend has it that the city was named after the first animal killed by von Zähringer while hunting during the construction of the city.Related to:
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Bern has well over 100 public fountains, some of which are quite old. In medieval times these fountains played an important role in the public water supply.
There are eleven fountains that are considered more interesting than the other since they were erected in the 16th century. 10 of these were created by Hans Gieng from 1542 to 1546. The Zähringerbrunnen (Zähringerfountain) was created by Hans Hiltbrand.
During my visit I came to see seven of these fountains. Since the Marktgasse was closed due to extensive road works could I not get to see the Anna Seiler fountain and also not the Schützen fountain.Add to your Trip Planner
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