Prof. Marcelo Becker (D.Sc.)
Bern is the administrative capital of Switzerland. The city lies in the Swiss plateau part of the Canton of Bern, somewhat west of the center of Switzerland. The landscape around Bern was formed by glaciers in the last ice age. But the city was founded in 1,191 AD by Duke Berthold V of Zähringen and allegedly named it after a bear (Bär in German) he had killed. Bern's city center is largely medieval and has been recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site. Perhaps its most famous sight is the Zytglogge, an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets. It also has an impressive 15th century Gothic cathedral, the Münster, and a 15th century town hall. But, a wonderful place to go in summer time is the river Aare. Every day, hundreds of people go there for swimming.
The river Aare, the Zytglogge, and buildings close to Bern HB.
The river Aare, view of the city, and the bear, symbole of Bern.