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Exploring: Bern, Switzerland

Bern SwitzerlandWhen Gab and I were planning our Eurotrip, we knew first hand that we didn’t want to miss visiting Switzerland, with one goal in mind: visiting the Swiss Alps. Bern, the capital of Switzerland (not Zurich!) is a UNESCO world heritage site due to sandstone houses, narrow streets, and beautiful fountains, all well preserved dating back to medieval times; Bern also happens to be a gateway to the alps and Jungfraujoch was on the top of our list for Switzerland. According to local legend, Bern (Berne) got it’s name from Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen, who vowed to name the city after the first animal he met on a hunt, which happened to be a bear.

Bern SwitzerlandThe best thing about traveling in autumn isn’t the cold weather, it’s the way nature changes color, as if to mimic sunset representing the end of the year.

Bern (13 of 67)Our quaint looking hostel: Youth Hostel Leissigen, our home base in Bern. More about our stay here soon.

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Bern (18 of 67)Leissigen is a quiet little village with a population of around 976 people, give or take.

Bern (19 of 67)Bern (20 of 67)Bern (22 of 67)Bern (23 of 67)Taken on our first morning, waiting for the train to head to the Old Town Bern.

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Charming Leissigen train station is my favorite out of any of the train stations I’ve waited on in Europe.

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Swiss Chocolates at the Bern train station… Gab and I decided to try some because apparently Swiss Chocolates are “the best”

Old Town Bern

Bern (28 of 67)Bern (29 of 67) Bern has many fountains dating back to the 16th century. In the main street we walked along, there were probably around 5-7 fountains!

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The fountains served to show the city’s wealth and power, as well as providing public water to its citizens. 

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The Zytglogg (medieval clock tower) dates back to 1218-1220, one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland.

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Albert Einstein’s home turned museum. We wanted to take a look, but as you can see it was pretty crowded, so we continued on…

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Remember at the beginning of this post I explained how Bern got its name? Well, Bern has a bear pit where you can visit and view a family of bears — for free. As if that wasn’t cool enough, these bear pits have been around since around 1500’s. Gab and I enjoyed watching the bears hang around and chill — they’re one of our favorite animals.

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After spending some time at the bear pits, we decided to climb up a hill to get a better view of Old Town Bern. I hate climbing, or exerting too much physical effort into anything in general (lol) but climbing to get this beautiful view was totally worth it all.

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And what better way to enjoy the view of Bern with the person you love? Having Swiss chocolate while you do so.

Bern (43 of 67)Gab and I really need to work on our selfies and getting the view behind us. But, ah well, that’s reality. I think I like this better than overly contrived photos for the sake of “art” — I quite like that my travel photos aren’t picture perfect because it feels more real. :-)

The second day of our stay in Switzerland was our trip to Jungfraujoch and the alpine villages beneath it, but I’m dedicating an entirely separate post for that! It’s quite lengthy and I want to get into the details of how to visit Jungfraujoch in case any of you go on a Eurotrip next year and want to visit the alps too :-)

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  • Reply Jay Prryns 21 December 2015 at 6:40 am

    Such a beautiful place, rich in history. I can’t wait to read your next journey!

  • Reply Corintho 21 December 2015 at 10:34 am

    Lovely photos as always Camie! Jorge and I would love to visit Europe someday! AND OMG, I just learned how much you saved up for this trip from you Snapchat! But I’m sure it’s so worth it! It’s really nice that you were able to experience life there like a local. It’s such a better experience than going as a tourist. I hope that made sense. HAHA. Anyway, can’t wait to read more on your travels!

    • Reply Corintho 21 December 2015 at 10:35 am

      I don’t know why my Gravatar account says my name is CORINTHO haha.

  • Reply Mei 21 December 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Ahh, it looks surreal, like it’s taken out of postcards! Haha it’s amazing how you see a place with different language, culture, architecture and stuff. It’s like I’m on another world, especially that I’m so much used to PH haha

    And I agree, it’s okay if your travel pictures are not perfect. You’re there to appreciate what’s around you. Whenever I travel, I also don’t care i I get an OOTD shot or an Instagrammable photo. Few shots are enough for keepsake then I spend more time embracing the place. Hehe

  • Reply Cyndrel 21 December 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Love the autumn colors!!! Thanks for climbing up a hill to get that awesome shot of Old Town Bern, lol!

  • Reply Mi 21 December 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Hi, Camie! Did you use X-A2 for these shots? If not, what do you use? It seems like you have dramatically improved your photography skills these days :) They’re so good, I swear I feel like booking a ticket there right now! Can’t wait to read more of your travel posts! <3

  • Reply Pearl 21 December 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Deeeeyyym! Bern looks so fine! I love how they managed to preserve their history. It gives so much character to the city. That second photo of Old Town Bern with the fountain made me think of that scene in Beauty and The Beast when Belle walked through her town to the book store with a book in hand. Ahhh! It’s so dreamy! <3

    I can't wait for the next posts!

  • Reply Rachel Liwanag 22 December 2015 at 12:25 am

    The houses in Bern looks so nice! the place is very instagram worthy haha

  • Reply Yza Marzan 22 December 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Finaallyy!! I’ve been visiting your page daily just to see your Europe posts. Bern looks dreamy! Excited to see more Eurotrip posts! :)

  • Reply Nana 23 December 2015 at 2:05 am

    Switzerland is so beautiful! I am definitely going there.. some day XD Also, you and Gab are the cutest couple ever :3

    ♥ Nana’s Notebook

  • Reply Louise Ramos 23 December 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Your photos always make me happy. And gaaah, Swiss chocolate! Switzerland is lovely, like something out of a fairytale. I miss you and Gab together on Snapchat though Haha, stalker alert.
    Caffeine Rush

  • Reply Rej Relova 24 December 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Your photos never fail to amaze me, Camie!!! I hope to have the chance to visit Europe someday :)

  • Reply Vianne Danielle Borja 24 December 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Aaah! I wanna go there too! Thank you Camie for blogging about this. Your photos inspire me aaahh

  • Reply Coolen L. 26 December 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Bern is such a beautiful place! Your photos are amazing. I didn’t know that Bern is the capital of Switzerland until I read this post because people were mostly talking about Zurich. Your posts are always worth the wait. By the way I love your snaps. :) Merry Christmas Camie!

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