Margerm Europe 2009 travel blog

Bern, Switzerland

A Bern Bear

The city clock tower that acted as a jail at one time.


Bern, a city of interesting chimneys...

Swiss federal parliament buildings. The Swiss country code of CH comes from...

back of parliament buildings

Fountains in parliament square

perfect day for water fun


Bern Church under renovation


Part way up 300 step church tower - angels or demons?



great fresh water fountains everywhere


Bern falls from church tower

At Interlaken with Mount Jungfrau in background (4158 metres)

Park in Interlaken

Jungfrau Hotel- Chateau really - in Interlaken (700 for smallest room,...

of course Dave took this picture...


Brienz with traditional houses

View from Brienz (Brienz lake) with Interlaken at other end

Waterfall outside Brienz

Brienz waterfront


A cool swim in Brienz Lake


Drive over mountain pass leaving Brienz

Lake outside Luzern

Dinner in Zug at sunset

Clocktower in Zug

Sunset over Lake Zug (original name)

We left early (at least early for us Canadians) to drive to Bern, about 2.5 hour drive. We had Dave Conway's (teacher at our school) site seeing tour notes with us, and they were amazingly accurate given he lived there decades ago? Go figure, not much changes in European cities. We walked through the old town visiting shops, the clock tower, parliament buildings for lunch on the lawn, church and 300 step tower, lower Bern while looking for Dave Conway's old house. Bern was redoing the bear cages so that they would have a nice chunk of lawn overlooking the river.

We then headed off to Interlaken - a postcard Swiss town - that was quite touristy with a beautiful and expensive Jungfrau Hotel overlooking Jungfrau Mountain - one of the main Swiss mountains, with Eiger and Monch, in the Bernese range. After a quick stop we headed of to a small town called Brienz, a quaint town on the other end of the lake. Many old traditional houses and shops - only one main street to walk! We ended our visit with a refreshing swim in Brienz Lake. A little cool apparently (I was photographer) since it was glacier fed water.

After the swim we headed over another mountain pass, past Luzurn and onto Zug for dinner (the female blood sugar level had reached negative levels). We had a pizza dinner on the lake and returned home after 10 pm. A long, busy day with lots of Switzerland to see.

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