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Old City

Old City (Bern, Switzerland)

Old City (Bern, Switzerland)

Old City (Bern, Switzerland) – this is the medieval city center of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Built on a narrow hill surrounded on three sides by the river Aare, its compact layout has remained essentially unchanged since its construction during the twelfth to fifteenth century. Among other sites, there’s the Federal Palace (which houses the Swiss Federal Assembly and the Federal Council) — consisting of a central assembly building and two wings housing government departments and a library.

There’s also the Bärengraben, or Bear Pit, one of Bern’s tourist attractions. This is an enclosure housing bears, situated at the eastern edge of the old city of Bern, next to the Nydeggbrücke and the River Aar. The brown bear is a symbol of the city.

Visitors may also come across “Einsteinhaus” — a museum and a former residence of scientific genius Albert Einstein. It is located on Kramgasse No. 49 in Bern, Switzerland. A flat on the second floor of the house was occupied by Einstein, his wife Mileva Marić, and their son Hans Einstein from 1903 to 1905