Bern is a beautiful city Switzerland with a beautiful landscape and very colorful history. An incredible amount of unpronounceable festivals and carnivals take place here every year and are every bit as strange as the people are friendly. Most importantly, the sights to see here are overwhelmingly different, yet charming in their own way.

The first thing you should see is the Zytglogge, an elaborate clock tower that has a bronze puppet strike its bell every hour. The Bern Theatre is an opera house that has been host to many famous performers and composers. I didn’t get to see a performance, but the interior alone is breathtaking.

The city is also populated with 11 different allegorical Renaissance statues, with statuettes atop them symbolizing everything from Moses and Lady Justice to more disturbing images such as an ogre that devours naughty children.

Finally, you simply have to see the city from the outside. Taking in the entire view of Bern is spectacular and is something that simply can’t be done from inside the city. On your way out, take the time to exploit a photo op. You will not regret it.

P.S. don’t forget to send your mother a postcard!

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