The city of Bern can be a distraction to the unprepared. You have plenty of cobblestoned streets to get yourself lost in. But if shopping isn’t the reason why you came to Bern, then let me take you on an alternative route. You can always shop later on if that’s your cup of tea.
Just after walking across the Nydeggbrücke, keep to your right and you will see this view. Walk down towards it. We will be exploring parts of the town rarely explored by anyone and we will also show you that you aren’t really lost in Bern. The rest of my family decided that shopping was their thing, so we part ways and planned to meet up in front of the Zytlglogge.
There is another thing you could do in Bern. Take photos of the statues and the fountains.
“Do you know there is another thing you could do in Bern?”
“Take photos of the fountains and their statues.”
‘Will we be doing that?”
“You bet we will.”
“And here we have the first one. The Laüferbrunnen.”
This statue is located just before a pedestrian crossing which takes us back to the direction of the Rosengarten. But don’t worry, we aren’t retracing our steps, we are going on a long walk along the River Aare.
We’re going to walk along the Altenbergstrasse, which is a residential area located along the banks of the Aare. I have lost count about the number of times I have praised the Swiss for their luck. The place is so beautiful. Living just mere footsteps away from a river in which you can dip yourself in when the days get so hot. If that’s not happy, I don’t know what is. Haha!
The stretch of road that we are walking on is exactly right beside the river, so in case you get lost, just hug the river. Don’t be surprised to see people playing in the river. For the daring and expert swimmers, you can actually dive in and let the currents bring you to the lower parts of the river. But be careful, the current can be quite fast for the uninitiated.
This is a really leisurely stroll for about 1km or about half an hour.
See the small footbridge just beneath the behemoth that is the Kornhausbrücke? That is where we shall cross over and back into Bern. There is a signpost at the end of the bridge so don’t worry. You have plenty of choices to ascend that part of Bern. We choose to get out near to the Rathaus.
This greeted us as we came out from the stairs. The St. Peter und Paul cathedral. Entrance is free, and also a good place to rest your feet if our last stroll had you gasping for breath. We worked up a sweat so it was time to ditch the jackets and to explore the rest of the town. And don’t forget, our hunt for the statues of Bern.
There is one outside the church and in front of the Rathaus on Rathausplatz.
(to be continued)