Many would be mistaken in assuming that Zurich is the capital of Switzerland, however, Berne was chosen as the capital or not…
Bern’s official title is Bundesstadt, or Federal City, rather than Hauptstadt, or capital city.
Switzerland technically has no capital but since 1848 Bern has been the seat of the Federal Parliament and government so is the de facto capital.
These are some of the best images from our time in Bern in 2017
Bern Bahnhof Bus & Tram station
Next door to this station is the Church of the Holy Ghost.
Heiliggeistkirche (Holy Spirit Church)
This is the view looking towards the station from the top of the town
Käfigturm in Berne
And from the other side.
The below photo is from further down in the town looking back up to the Käfigturm.
The Zytglogge (clock tower) and the city’s medieval covered shopping promenades (Lauben)
Bern Trams & Zytglogge
Looking at the other direction
Bern shopping arcades in the city
Perfectly protected in rain or on a super hot day. One of the best shopping streets in Switzerland.
During the time of our visit to Bern, the city was home to many colourful Saint Bernard dog statues. The BernARTiner exhibition was on from July 1st to September 30th 2017 and featured more than 100 artworks each individually decorated by different artists.
Lunch in restaurant Le Mazot
The same view but this time looking up at the Bern Zytglogge
The square (Barenplatz) with the Käfigturm and the Parliment building behind
Below is a view you can see when entering Bern by train depending on direction.