Bern – the heart of Switzerland

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. With a population of 150´000, Bern is the fourth-most populous city in Switzerland. It is the location of the Federal Palace or Swiss Parliament Building.The offical languages are Swiss German and German. 
Bern has a beautiful old town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Special about the old town are the sandstone buildings and their archs. With 6 km, it is the longest covered shopping promenade in Europe. 

The town’s characteristic landmark is the clocktower called Zytglogge. The clock tower was built in the early 13th century and was used as a guard tower, prison, clock tower and nowadays a civic memorial. Since 1530 it is a ornate astronomical clock, which also can be viewed from the inside during a public guided tour.

Also a very beloved place in Bern is the BearPark. Since the bears Bjoerk and Finn became parents of twins in 2009, the park is a well attendend attraction. As a local recreation area it is free all around the clock. It is also possible to watch the bears from standing on the bridge Nydeggbruecke, when you are on the way to the Rosengarden. 

The Rose Garden is another local recreation area. 450 different flowers species in a beautiful park can be admired. There are also a playground and a few restaurants, in which you have probably the most beautiful view over the old town of Bern. 

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