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“Buttresses!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Town Bern

Old Town Bern
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2-Hour Private Bern City Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Bern
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Buttresses!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

If you are in Switzerland please take the time to visit this city. It's like stepping back in time. There are shops below ground on some of the cobblestone streets that are unforgettable, I know as I've not forgotten them in the least. By below ground I mean the underground entrances to buttressed buildings on the main street; you access these areas by leaning over and pulling open the doors at an angle at your feet - split on the horizontal and opened wide, one side to the left and the other to the right, like shutters. These shops can vary from just storage to antiques stores (with new doors and expensive security), books stores, cafesand the like. I purchased some Echt Kobalt plates from a very spartan shop (translation real cobalt in English) which has started me on a collection of more of the same, sorry to say the price I paid in Bern is the most fairly priced I've ever come across so the rest of my collection has come at a dearer price. It's a photographers dream. I recall a carriage on the street there about 11:00pm, it was under a gas street lamp and for all the world looked like gentry leaving the opera and going for drive circa 1850. On the streets of the Altstadt in Bern I came across clever students smoking a hooka filled with tobacco by the parliament buildings. I took a picture of a violin maker bent over his work through an ancient window in wonderful light; the most beautiful chandelier in the window of an antique shop that to this day I wish I'd purchased; of a business man taking a nap in the sun on a wide-topped fence with his hands behind his head and of architecture I had never seen the likes of before I went to Switzerland. Thsi part of Bern is replete with atmosphere - no bombing here in WWII.

Visited October 2011
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“Charming fountains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

We loved all the fountains and the astronomical clock. It's lovely just to wander around and look at all the buildings.
We found it very expensive.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

Great feel to the Old Town - relaxed and charming place.

Although been to Switzerland many times, had never been to Bern and would absolutely recommend - perfect for long weekends

Visited August 2012
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“Fantastic Beautiful & Very Clean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Its a great place to visit, nice little cafes all around. It was a beautiful sunny day when I visited, so it felt even nicer. Beautiful buildings, all around, very medieval feelings it projects, overseeing the lake surrounding the old city, with the clear green water seems just magical.
Sit down at a corner cafe with a cuppa, soak in the sun, and the atmosphere, just wonderful. You can see the famous clock tower or fancy a bit of a walk down the road then you could see the lake from the bridge.
Definitely worth visitng again!

Visited May 2012
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“Prettiest old-town in Switzerland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012 via mobile

Big claim, I know, but true. Bern is the perfect example that 'seen-one-seen-them-all' is just not true. The streets are gorgeous and unique, the shops on the back streets and around religious sites are interesting and made for sticky-beak shoppers. The frescoes on the building walls are great. This is a highly photogenic old-town and well worth the visit.

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