Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
48Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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I got a map and went to work. I managed to do the complete walking tour in about 3 hours. The city was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 which is pretty prestigous. I think they deserve it because the city is really neat to walk through and see. The old town is crazy small but I think it's neat to see all the fountains, towers, and cool flags hanging outside.
History time: The city was founded like 1,000 years ago by some Duke guy and it has a bear for its mascot. I've never heard it before but they have these bear pits with bears in them. So I went to the bear pits and guess what, there were no bears in them
So I decided to fork over the 1 CHF for the Bern Show. Which was a 20 minute history lesson complete with ads for Bern tourist sites. It was kind of cheesy but informative. It was a mix of video with moving models and what not. They had pneumatics running a lot of it and even had some pop-up chair that for some reason was funny to me. Next I decided to check out the Einstein Museum because he lived here for a few years and supposedly worked on his famous E=mc squared theory. Well guess what? It's Monday and the museum was closed. I think that's my 4th museum that was closed on me. Nuff said. I headed into the Old Town and did find the Einstein Apartment which wasn't too exciting. It was basically a studio apt that he lived in with his wife from 1905 for like two years. Not to be Mr Negative, but they could have made it a bit better. I made it through in 10 minutes and I read all there was to read there. Afterward I hit the streets again and just wandered and enjoyed the sights. There was a pretty cool Clock Tower that was built a really long time ago and has a puppet show that has been around since 1530. Every hour this little show plays for about 30 seconds and is kind of neat. Next I hit up a dept store to buy some snacks and fruit