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We parked at the Park & Ride outside of Bern which charged less than the parkades in town and gave us a free ride to and from the train station. We arrived at the huge train station, picked up a map of the area and set off on a walking tour. All the walking tours we do are self-guided which is a good thing because otherwise we would be chasing after the tour group all the time. Rick Steves has tons of tours in his book and many of the bigger ...
... and indeed it rang true. A recent article in The Age had Swiss and Australian cities over-represented in a list of the most expensive cities in the world (Tokyo number one apparently). Dinner that night was fondue in the town of Grindelwald. The fondue consisted of a blend of several cheeses, white wine and kirsch (schnapps). Mix in copious dunkings of bread and potato and you end the meal with a cholesterol reading that would be the envy of any American 10 year old.
2009. This is where we where.
Following is taken from Wikipedia:
"The etymology of the name Bern is uncertain. According to the local legend, based on folk etymology, Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen,
the founder of the city of Bern, vowed to name the city after the first
animal he met on the hunt, and this turned out to be a bear. It has
long been considered likely that the city was named after the Italian ...
... city to get a sense of direction, both the Zytglogge and Gothic cathedral which towers over town being perfect candidates. It is, in fact, of such a marvelously unique design that the old town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also, however, marvelously expensive to boot, as is most of Switzerland it would seem. Particularly eating. And that’s basically my primary function next to sleeping and sitting.
Whilst between eats and the browsing of ...
... we were the only ones there! After the hike we went swimming in the indoor pool in Interlaken. The boys had a blast swimming and it was so nice to soak after the gray and rainy hike.
Sunday we rode the gondola up to Gimmelwald. This town is a pedestrian only town which sits at the top of a huge cliff. Again, it was pouring down rain so we ran into a hotel restaurant and had a beer next to the fire.