Tony in Switzerland: Feeling the Berne

I’m unapologetically proud of the title for this post, but that might be the only sense of pride I have regarding my recent day trip to Berne. A couple of friends and I spent a few hours touring the city, and to be frank, it was the first time I experienced culture shock in Switzerland. I spend so much time in the Francophone quarter of the country that I had trouble adjusting to hearing and seeing German in Berne. Here are a few pictures of what ensued from our adventures around the city.

 

The city streets in Berne reflect more of a German influence than a French or Italian aesthetic. What interested me the most were the series of basements for each storefront.

The city streets in Berne reflect more of a German influence than a French or Italian aesthetic. What interested me the most were the series of basements for each storefront.

 

Although Berne was very different from Lausanne, there were a few similarities, notably this example of graffiti that captures existential European angst.

Although Berne was very different from Lausanne, there were a few similarities, notably this example of graffiti that captures existential European angst.

 

I would not refer to Berne as a tourist-heavy city. As the capital of the country, there are, of course, a few museums and nature parks to visit. However, there is a certain trademark (for lack of a better term) that defines Bern as a self-directed metropolis, as if it bears no need from the rest of the world.

Bears are definitely emblematic of the city. There is even a park to visit bears that roam the grounds.

Bears are definitely emblematic of the city. There is even a park to visit bears that roam the grounds.

 

Unfortunately for us, the actual bears were hibernating, so finding the different statues around and above the city made do.

Unfortunately for us, the actual bears were hibernating, so finding the different statues around and above the city made do.

 

This might be the most curious thing I've ever seen in my life. It is a statue of an ogre eating babies. Some historians speculate it has anti-semitic roots. Others refer to it as a representation of Krampus. If you want to find out more, google Kindlifresserbrunnen!

This might be the most curious thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It is a statue of an ogre eating babies. Some historians speculate it has anti-semitic roots. Others refer to it as a representation of Krampus. If you want to find out more, google Kindlifresserbrunnen!

 

Stay tuned for my next post! You might be surprised to find out who will be making a guest appearance.

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