Bern is the capital of Switzerland and the canton of Bern. Located in the very center of the country, in the Aara River Valley. The symbol of Bern is a bear imprinted on the coat of arms of the city. Live pair of cubs, presented by Russian President Medvedev on their visit to Switzerland, grew up and brought their pair of cubs. All of them can be seen in the park on the side of the river, where the bears like to walk under the gaze of many tourists.

Bern is notable for its old streets with galleries - it is a rare city of Srennec, built according to plan, so the streets here are unusually wide. The old city of Bern with its covered passages is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

History of Bern:
The city was founded in 1191 by Count Berthold V Zahringen (Berchtold V Zahringen). The city received its name from the first animal that fell into the trap of the count - a bear (according to it. Bar). Since then, the bear has been an integral part of the city - a lot of bear sculptures adorn the streets, you can see live bears in the bear pit, and all the local gingerbread cookies are certainly decorated with the image of this animal.
In 1353, Bern joined the Swiss Confederation, and since 1848 the federal government has been located here.

Orient in Bern:
Bern is primarily interesting for its picturesque views from high bridges. The city is surrounded by the Aare River (it’s more correct to read the Aare, but with such a long Aaaaaaaa) on three sides, centrally along this “peninsula”, is a central street with many ancient fountains and restaurants. Along this line are the main attractions: from the station you will go to the Zytglogge clock tower, from there you will go past the Einstein’s house to the river and the bear’s pit, and returning back you can look into the main cathedral and admire the palace of the parliament.

The city center with its medieval buildings is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old galleries of Bern were made specifically to protect residents from frequent rains here, but even now for lovers of walking and shopping they will noticeably improve their lives if the weather is unlucky.

Get to Bern:
Tickets to Bern from other cities in Switzerland

From Zurich to Bern:
Travel time: from 56 minutes to 1:26.

Train timetable from Zurich to Bern:

at 02 and 32 minutes of every hour - direct train (direction Brig or Genève-Aéroport). 57 minutes on the road.
at 06 and 55 minutes of every hour - a direct train to Bern, on the way 1:19.
at 08 minutes of every hour - with 1 change to Aarau: from Zurich, the train in the direction of Basel from route 11, from Aarau - from the 5th route, direct train to Bern. On the way - 1:17.
38 minutes every hour - with 2 transfers: Zurich-Aarau (train in the direction of Aarau, route 13), Aarau-Olten (regional express train to the final Olten from route 5), Olten-Bern (InterCity train in the direction of Interlaken Ost with 11 ways). On the road - 1:18.
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Ticket price Zurich - Berne: 50 CHF one-way second class (as of 2019).

Sights of Bern:
Leaving the station building and turning immediately to the left, you exit to the river. The Lorrainebrücke Bridge offers stunning views of the Aare River and the Kornhausbrücke Bridge.
Without crossing the bridge and walking along the riverbank from the railway station, you will exit to:

 1) Kunstmuseum - Museum of Art.
The museum's collection is composed of paintings, sculptures and art objects created until the end of the 19th century. Among others, a collection of 14th-century Italian primitivists. Among the impressionists are such masters as Monet, Manet, Cezanne and Delacroix, as well as several canvases of the great surrealists, including Salvador Dali. In the museum you will find paintings by Kandinsky, Matisse, Kirchner, Picasso and others, as well as contemporary Swiss artists.

Opening hours: Tue 10-19, Wed-Sun 10-17.
Address: Hodlerstrasse 12
To get: on foot from the station (5 minutes) along the river, or by bus 20 to the stop. Bollwerk.
Phone: +41 31 328 09 44
permanent exhibition - for adults 7 CHF, senior citizens 5 CHF
temporary exposure - 14-18 CHF extra.\

Children Eater Fountain (Kindlifresserbrunnen)
The fountain was installed in 1545 on the site of the old wooden one. At first, the fountain was called simply - Platzbrunnen (“the fountain in the square”), and in 1666 it got its current name.

The sculpture is a figure of a seated ogre cannibal devouring a naked child. In his hands he holds a bag with other children. The giant is dressed in a pointed hat, like the Jewish caps that they had to wear in the Middle Ages. This fact led to speculation that the giant meant Jews, and eating children was a reminder of the ritual murder.

According to another theory, the sculpture of the fountain is the Greek god Chronos. Most likely, this is only a certain mythical figure, which was used to intimidate naughty children. This fountain played an important role in the novel "The Eater" by Jacques Chessex.

In 2007, the statue was removed from the pedestal and completely restored. The press has long exaggerated the fact that these works took 500,000 francs.