BERN

Hallo from Bern! Did you know it’s the most expensive city in the world!? OK, that’s not true, but I didn’t realize a McDonald’s meal would be about $15. Yes, I ate McDonald’s – I was in college, don’t judge.

SOME FACTS FROM MY VISIT: 

  • It is the fourth most populous city in Swiss (131,000 in 2011) and is a part of the 2nd most populous canton (state) of the 26 cantons in Switzerland.
  • In 1983 the historic town in the center of Bern became a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • It is one of the top ten cities for quality of life (2011).
  • In 1353 Bern joined the Swiss confederacy becoming one of the “8 cantons” of the formative period (1353-1481).
  • Bern invaded and conquered Aargau in 1415 and Vaud in 1536 – and other smaller territories – becoming the largest city-state in the northern Alps.
  • It became the federal capital in 1848.
  • The countryside was formed by glaciers during the most recent ice age.
  • The two closest mountains are Gurten and Bantiger.
  • BearPark is in the heart of the city for a small family of bears.
  • Take the Glacier Express to get to the outskirts of the city.

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