Bern, sort of my home town, is one of the prettiest cities in Switzerland. What I especially love about it is its proximity to nature – take, for example, the “Gurten”, a mountain right next to the city. From the main train station, a tram takes you to the bottom of the hill in 10 minutes. A tiny funicular then transports you all the way up within a couple minutes (or you can invest an hour to walk up). On a good day, the views are fantastic: you’ll see the city of Bern right when you get off the train, and a panoramic view of the alps after a 10-minute walk.
But even on days with no good views, it’s worth trekking up – when the city is grey and grim, Gurten can very well be an unexpected winter wonderland. If you are so inclined, there’s even a small hill for sledding or (kids’) skiing. Great playgrounds and a viewing tower complete the Gurten experience – and after an active couple hours, several restaurants in a castle-like building are waiting for your business. In summer, it’s just as cool – mainly in July, when the 3-day music festival descends upon the hill. Let’s go for a walk, shall we?