The idyllic Swiss city of Berne is a magnificent myriad of sharp spires, glistening turquoise rivers and classic architecture. Visitors are instantly seduced when presented with an aerial view of this delightful place, and become hopelessly enamoured when they experience the thriving cultural centres, unique attractions and dynamic dining options. Visitors expect European capitals to be sprawling and overcrowded metropolises; however Berne couldn’t be more different; the relaxed, provincial atmosphere and scenic surrounding hills are more reminiscent of a rural village rather than a primary city.
Admired German author Johann Goethe once described Berne as the most beautiful place he had ever seen, and after wander amidst the city’s alluring attractions, you’ll find it easy to agree. The grandiose Gothic Cathedral of Berne rises dramatically above the cityscape, looking down upon opulent architectural examples such as Houses of Parliament and the Zytglogge clock tower. The elevated Rose Garden will delight the senses with its bright colours, sweet scents and panoramic city vistas, while the Bear Park offers nature enthusiasts a unique experience in the natural habitat of ferocious brown bears.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site will satisfy even the most insatiable cultural cravings with its esteemed galleries and enthralling exhibitions; a famous figure that propelled the city to world fame is Albert Einstein, who lived and developed the theory of relativity in Berne. The Einstein House allows visitors to observe the space in which notions of space and time were completely revolutionised, in addition to exhibiting informative scientific materials.
Feast with all of the senses on the beautifully baroque balcony of the Bellevue Palace Restaurant. Here, classic cuisine meets contemporary culinary creativity amidst the natural splendour of the Alps. International classics are refined and revolutionised to include seasonal ingredients and the fierce passion integral to fine cuisine.(Bellevue Palace, Kochergasse 3 – 5, CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland)