Travel to the Austrian Danube

Day 2 Bern

(in 157 km.) Bern: Our goal is not to visit the capital of Switzerland. We want to make a break and take a little walk to see the major sights of Bern. We start with a small disappointment: We want to show to our daughters the bears, emblem of the city, in BärenPark and they are not there. We ask at the tourist office and they tell us that the bears are on holiday and do not return until October. We crossed the river Aar and we entered the historic center down the street Gerechtigkeitsgasse. We advance and we turn right to see the town hall, a medieval building built between 1406 and 1416 and noted for the double staircase located on its facade.

Bern - Rathaus (Town hall)

Bern - Rathaus (Town hall)

The old town of Bern is still one of the best examples of medieval town planning in Europe, and as such, is included since 1983 in the World Heritage Site by Unesco. After a serious fire in 1405, the city was rebuilt. Notable buildings and monuments of this period are the Clock Tower, the cathedral, arcades and fountains that adorn the streets. We returned to Kramgasse and after passing in front of the number 49, the house where Albert Einstein lived a few years, we reach the famous Clock Tower (Zytglogge), the western gate of the city in medieval times. Its construction began in 1191 and was completed in 1256. It also has an astronomical clock dating from the sixteenth century. The sphere (with a gold and black half) indicates the current moon phase. Noting that the clock is set in motion four minutes before the hour o'clock. The best times to see the clock are the 10:00, 11:00 or 12:00, because, for example, at 01:00 pm the figure of the clock hits only once the bell.

Bern - Kramgasse and clock tower

Bern - Kramgasse and clock tower

After crossing below Zytglogge we go through Kramgasse, that stands out for the prison tower (Käfigturm), the elegant houses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the fountains of Anna Seiler and Marksman (Schuetzenbrunnen). We continue through the Bundesplatz place where the is the Federal Palace, seat of government (Federal Council), designed by architect Hans Wilhelm Auer. The current building was inaugurated on April 1, 1902 after 8 years of work and an investment of over 7 million francs to build a building of 3,742 square meters. We continue on Münstergasse to reach the cathedral.

Bern - Marktgasse

Bern - Marktgasse

Bern Cathedral is the highest religious building in Switzerland with a tower of 100.6 meters. Gothic style, was begun in 1421 but not completed until 1893. Ensinger made a breakthrough in the outer base of the tower, building three richly decorated portals instead of one. Between 1460 and 1480, the sculptor in stone Erhart Küng made the portico and decorations of the main room. Especially stands the depiction of the Last Judgment in the tympanum of the central portal. In 1521, construction of the tower was interrupted at about 60 meters due to weak foundations. The tower was not completed until 1893, with a second half in the Gothic style and a final height of 100.6 meters.

Bern - Cathedral

Bern - Cathedral

We finish our visit and we come back by the street Junkerngasse.

Lindau: Our goal was to make a new stop in this German city, but we are short of time and is also pouring rain, reason by which this time we decided not to stop.

(in 631 km.) Neuhaus am Inn: Rest near Passau, where the next day we start the bike tour along the Danube.