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Zwischenflüh This exceptional chalet is built on a beautiful plot of 881 m² in a quiet and green environment in the heights of Zwischenflüh in the nature park "Diemtigtal".
The city of bears
On its coat of arms, in its name, in the city: the identity of the bear is inseparable from the city of Bern. They are as one, so emblematic is the animal of the Swiss capital. The story goes that when Duke Berthold V of Zähringen established Bern in 1191, he killed a bear and gave the name of the animal to the city (bear is Bär in German). Today, it appears on the coat of arms of the city and of the canton. Bern first developed on a peninsula formed by the Aare river, then exceeded this natural boundary by crossing the river, building bridges to expand on the other bank. But it is in the old town that live bears had resided since 1513, before being moved to the bear-pit on the other side of the Aare. In 2009 a major modernisation took place when the city built a 6,000 m2 bear park along the river to better accommodate the animals that Bern loves so much. The city joined the young Swiss Confederation in 1353 and soon became a significant member of the Swiss state.
Urban medieval heritage
Fountains, Baroque facades, meandering cobbled streets, arcades and historic monuments, the old town of Bern has managed to preserve its significant medieval built heritage. For this reason, the city is rightly inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is pleasant to walk under the arbours, the longest covered shopping arcade in Europe at 6 kilometres in length, and to discover local shops, café terraces for lounging and theatres around the magnificent Clock Tower (Zytglogge), sometimes hidden in cellars where you have to dare to venture down a few steps. It is essential to discover the old town on foot.
The municipality of Bern is home to more than 140,000 inhabitants, and the metropolitan area some 410,000. One-third of its territory is covered by forests, making it a true green city. A German-speaking city, Bern is also home to a minority of Francophones. Many people speak both languages, although Bern is not officially bilingual. Very centrally located thanks to its multiple connections with other cities, the medieval city is a real bridge between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland. For this reason, our Bern real estate agency of Cardis | Sotheby’s International Realty aims to facilitate interactions between investors and real estate opportunities on both sides of the Sarine. Our in-depth knowledge of the market can support you, whether you are an institutional or private property owner, in moving your assets. We offer strategic and comprehensive advice, and an estimate of ideal market positioning. Whether it’s investment property, commercial buildings, hotels or mixed-project development and land. Our services also provide for the development of construction projects, from the marketing strategy to the sale of the property . Our experts can assist with all types of investment property: villas, apartments or houses.
Capital of its own canton of the same name, the city of Bern is also the capital of Switzerland and the fifth-largest city in the country. Its size, relatively small compared to other large cities, is compensated by its political importance. Indeed, it became the federal city, or federal capital, in 1848, and is home to the permanent seat of the federal government and Parliament. The city does not house the federal courts, however, because the idea of an overly centralised capital city did not meet with approval. The proximity to French-speaking Switzerland played in Bern’s favour to host the three political institutions. Formerly in three separate buildings, the Federal Council, the National Council and the Council of States have been housed in the Federal Palace since its inauguration in 1857, whose doors are open to the public. This position as a federal city gives Bern an advantage that attracts international organizations, including the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a United Nations agency, which is headquartered here.
The Aare that you breathe
A major summer attraction, the Aare river gently flowing through the city becomes a veritable highway of water-based enjoyment for divers and swimmers. Thousands jump in the water from the heights of Marzili and then drift down the river to the Federal Palace. Many holidaymakers also take their inflatable boats up to the town of Thun and make a descent of the Aare, a delight for the eyes and the spirit. Along the Aare, in addition to the many green forests, there is the botanical garden and the Dählhölzli zoo, for example, which can be viewed from the river.
Two possibilities to discover the Bernese Alps are a summer walk or winter hike. If Zermatt has the Matterhorn, Bern has the Eiger. The mountain ranges of Mönch and Jungfrau, equally well-known and renowned, attract foreign tourists and locals alike for their breathtaking views. For a little skiing, the Bern region is not short of ski resorts: Gstaad, Mürren, Wengen or Grindelwald-First. For enchanting scenery, don’t forget Interlaken, a tourist attraction with captivating charm between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
Arts and science
The most famous scientist in history, though he didn’t always live in Switzerland, stayed in Bern. That’s right: Albert Einstein lived in the Swiss capital for a period. It was in the early 1900s, and that’s where the scientist developed his theory of special relativity, the one that changed our representation of time and space. Einstein’s house, on one of the main streets in Bern, is today a museum dedicated to the illustrious genius. Part of the Museum of History of Bern, it is also possible to visit the Einstein Museum, which presents his works and traces his life to discover the man behind the scientist.
Of German origin, the renowned painter Paul Klee was born near Bern, and his ashes were laid to rest in a cemetery in the city. As a result of this attachment to the city, his heirs founded the Paul Klee Centre, designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. The institution houses the world's largest collection of works by the German painter.
Art is also in the spotlight with more than 50,000 works in the Kunstmuseum Bern. Built in 1879, it is the oldest art museum in Switzerland. Paul Klee is also on show here, together with the likes of Meret Oppenheim and Ferdinand Hodler.
From Gurtenfestival to Zibelemärit
Every fourth Monday of November, the city of Bern becomes the scene of an intense popular festival: the Zibelmärit, or onion market. While the city centre is already a riot of colours thanks to the weekly markets, the Zibelmärit is a unique moment. Confetti is thrown to celebrate the event and the many stands offer onion braids and onion pies. This event fills the streets with crowds that comes to savour the local delights and party for a few hours.
Music is no exception in Bern. In July, you can’t miss the Gurtenfestival, which sees thousands of people hurrying to the top of the Gurten to enjoy international music artists. Later, in August, the streets of the city move to the rhythm of the Buskers Bern festival. There is also the International Jazz Festival between mid-March and mid-May.