We have finally made our way back to the historic part of Bern, or rather, the Bern Old Town. People are out and about. The shops are opened for business. You can find almost anything amongst the stores that are all lined up around the Bern Old Town. What makes the shopping experience that much unique is that there is a covered corridor along both sides of the streets here. So you can shop even in hot or rainy weather! Ingenious.
The unique thing about this UNESCO Heritage is the covered walkways along both sides of the road
We were back to our fountain hunt. Next up, located on Gerechtigkeitsgasse is the similarly named Gerechtigkeitsbrünnen.
“Just remember it as the Justice Fountain.”
The Kramgasse is the widely travelled road in Bern, because of the Zytglogge at the end and also because of its length. So to commemorate this fact, they have two fountains located on this road. I present to you:
“That’s Samson and the other is to remember the Zähringen family.”
If you are not sure which is which, there is usually a metal placard located around the fountain that tells you a little bit of history behind the concept and also the name of the fountain. Happy searching!
There is a familiar name located on Kramgasse, and that is the Einsteinhaus. Einstein stayed here and the general theories of relativity were said to be born here. If you have the time, you should give it a visit. However, the museum is closed on Sundays.
Just a few steps away from the Zytglogge lies this unpretentious chocolate shop. After having tasted the factory manufactured chocolate of Cailler. It was about time I showed the rest of the family about the smaller family-owned chocolate shops. These usually serve up some unique albeit on the expensive side versions of the chocolates found elsewhere.
There are various confiserie located all throughout Switzerland. I won’t say that they are must-visits, but if you want to indulge yourself and like us, since we were waiting for the Zytglogge and the shop was nearby, we dropped in and said hi.
A tip: Wait and see what the locals buy. Then go for those if they look pleasing to you.
Most of these shops allow you to buy by the weight or you can ask to have an assortment, usually one or two of each chocolate if you can’t decide. Basically, you would need more than a week to actually try all of the chocolates in one particular establishment. My tip?
“Browse and wait for some locals to step in. They will usually go straight for their favourites. Try those.”
Back to Bern
After the Zytglogge, we had a look around the Kornhaus. It was a grain cellar back in the days but has been converted to a restaurant. If you want to splurge, you can book and have a seat inside. We didn’t have the time so we gave that skip. Located along this road lies a rather horrifying fountain, known as the Kindlifresserbrunnen.
“I hope that doesn’t ruin anyone’s appetite.”
(to be continued)