24h in Bern, the beautiful capital of Switzerland

Have you also noticed how the trips you look forward to the most are often the ones that turn into travel fiascos?! I didn’t take many days off during the summer months, so my only holiday trip to a “new” place was to Switzerland for a wedding. I had planned to travel to Bern by train: the trip was long (7h according to the schedule), but it was cheap and only involved two connections.

Hopes versus reality…

I was REALLY looking forward to that train trip –  I would have time to relax, listen to music, watch a few things on Netflix, read and write about ice cream & travels on my blog! … Well that’s what I thought, but train track problems in the South of Germany caused havoc to my plans: I ended up with six connections (seven if I include the part where I got a ride with locals), a 4h30 delay and little time to relax!

I knew I wouldn’t have very much time in Bern but because of the train delays, I had even less time. Upon arrival I couldn’t wait to take a warm shower and directly hit the bed… but the lady at the front desk of my hotel told me about a busker’s festival in town. It would have been a pity not to check it out!

I wish I could have spent more time at Bern Busker Festival!!

It was really cool getting a taste of what Buskers Bern festival is like! It seemed like a really fun event! 150 artists from all over the world performed in Bern’s Old Town. They do not receive a fixed fee for their performance, but visitors are encouraged to tip them. I wish I had arrived earlier and been able to see more bands!

The Old Town was full of people and there were many nice food stalls here and there.

Discovering Bern by night, during the yearly Busker Festival
Discovering Bern by night, during the yearly Busker Festival
On the last night of the Busker Festival in Bern: bands playing everywhere & crowds enjoying the show
On the last night of the Busker Festival in Bern: bands playing everywhere & crowds enjoying the show
Look what I found after 10mins in town! A stand from Gelateria di Berna at the Buskers Festival
Look what I found after 10mins in town! A stand from Gelateria di Berna at the Buskers Festival
The concept behind Buskers Bern festival
The concept behind Buskers Bern festival
Bern by night
Bern by night

Bern Buskers useful info

Bern Buskers website: www.buskersbern.ch
Bern Buskers on Facebook: facebook.com/buskersbern

Photos of Bern Buskers 2017: flickr.com/photos/buskersbern/sets/72157687463415835

Next editions: 9 – 11 August 2018, then 8 – 10 August 2019. For the 2018 edition, artists can send in their application from December 2017.

Visiting Bern by day

The next morning I woke up to a beautiful sunny day – perfect weather conditions for making the most of the time I had in Bern! The walk to the Old Town seemed quite different from the previous night: at night time I noticed all the nice buildings and clock towers, but by day I realised how pretty the surroundings actually were! Lots of greenery, pretty spots by the river and mountains in the background! 🙂

The cathedral in Bern and mountains in the back
The cathedral in Bern and mountains in the back
One of the bridges
One of the bridges

The Old City in Bern is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site since 1983 thanks to the compact and rather intact medieval core. I spent the next hours gallivanting all over town & really enjoyed it!

Street in Bern Old City, with its medieval covered shopping promenade (Lauben)
Street in Bern Old City, with its medieval covered shopping promenade (Lauben)
Cool statue
Cool statue

Bern

View over Bern from the Rosengarten
View over Bern from the Rosengarten
Bern parliament building
Bern parliament building

Bern

Where to eat ice cream in Bern?!

Many thanks to my brother in law for sending me to Gelateria di Berna! The owners opened their first shop in 2013, the next ones in  2013, 2014, … They make fresh gelato every day with local organic milk, in all of their ice cream labs.

Gelateria di Berna, Marzili gelato lab
Gelateria di Berna, Marzili gelato lab

Some of the ice cream flavours you will find: Vanilla ice cream made with bourbon from Madagascar, caramel fleur de sel, mango alphonso, mango espada, chocolate sorbet, poppy seed, grapefruit-pepper, pineapple-basil, apricot-thyme, etc.

yum gelato
yum!
which ice cream flavour would you choose?!
which ice cream flavour would you choose?!

I visited the Gelateria di Berna shop right beside the Marzili outdoor pool & chose scoops of pineapple-basil and apricot-thyme vegan ice cream. They were nice, although perhaps slightly too sweet for me.

Scoops of pineapple-basil vegan gelato + apricot-thyme
Scoops of pineapple-basil vegan gelato + apricot-thyme

Useful information

Bern Tourism website: www.bern.com

Bern Tourismus on Facebook: facebook.com/bernswitzerland

Gelateria di Berna addresses:
– Laboratorio Breitenrain, Scheibenstrase 18, CH-3014 Bern
– Laboratorio Länggasse, Mittelstrasse 15, CH-3012 Bern
– Laboratorio Mattenhof, Pestalozzistrasse 1, CH-3007 Bern
– Laboratorio Marzili, Marzilistrasse 32, CH-3005 Bern
– Laboratorio Brupbacherplatz,Weststrasse 196, CH-8003 Zürich

Gelateria di Berna website: www.gelateriadiberna.ch

Gelateria di Berna on Facebook: facebook.com/gelateriadiberna

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