Bern's bears and chess battles bring fun and frivolity to the Swiss capital.
Public games and superb people watching.
With all due respect to the fine folks of Zurich, I can't imagine the same level of joie de vivre in Switzerland's financial heartland. Everything in Bern was just a little more relaxed, a little less hurried.
Maybe you're looking at the photos wondering "What water fountain?" What looks like a flat, plain set of paving stones conceals a cheeky set of water jets, perfect for energetic kids to run through, just daring another hidden stream of water to erupt from the staid looking square. You never know when dozens of water jets are about to emerge and soak everyone in the vicinity. The kids were going nuts - and the adults and dogs seemed to love it just as much!
Bern's bears are friendly than you think.
Medieval clock, modern performance art.
Our only regret: Not taking the plunge (into Bern's Aare River that is....)
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