Perhaps it’s the busy market stalls lining town squares, or the geraniums spilling from window boxes in front of every home. Maybe it’s the majesty of the Alpine foothills or the picture-perfect villages that look like they’ve come to life from a postcard. Whatever the reason, time seems to stand still in the Swiss capital of Bern and the surrounding district of Jura and the Three Lakes.
In the capital city itself (a UNESCO World Heritage site), romantic laneways crisscross the Old Town lined with covered arcades, cellar shops, and traditional restaurants and pubs. There are museums for a historic perspective, gurgling fountains flanked by statues all around, and parks, perfect for breathing in the crisp Alpine air. The nightlife is surprisingly vibrant and travellers of all types – from families to solo voyagers, night owls to history buffs – will find delightful offerings in Bern.
Nearby, Jura and the Three Lakes offer stunning landscapes, well-protected nature, and a rich history in the watchmaking craft. Hike the valleys and mountains of the Bernese Jura, making it to the Chasseral, a peak at 1607 metres above the sea. Bike through the mountains of Neuchâtel or along the gentle rivers in Clos-du-Doubs. Visit the towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, recognized the world over for their remarkable watch-making heritage. There is much to see and do in this exciting corner of Switzerland.
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