We left Montreux at 9 am and arrived at our hotel in Bern at 10.15 am! Only 85 klms! Not far out from Bern the exit signs changed from Sortie to Ausfahrt, we were now in a German speaking Canton.
We were so pleased that we included Bern in our itinerary, it was an absolute delight. Our Hotel was in the leafy suburb of Breitenrain. We left the car there and walked down to the Rosengarten for a coffee. The Rosengarten is situated on top of a hill with stunning views of the Old Town in the valley below.
We continued on down a steep path to the Baren Park (Bear Park), where we found the bears then crossed the bridge over the River Aare into the Old Town. The streets were cobbled, the shops were quaint, so many chocolate shops, some with great slabs in all manner of varieties. We were good and abstained today. There was a market in the centre, a very lively, colourful place. We continued to stroll and had a good lunch before heading back by bus at 4pm, almost to the door of our hotel.
Thun & Oberhofen, enroute to Interlaken.
Bern to Interlaken is only 45 klms on the freeway so we took the scenic route via Thun and Oberhofen. We stayed in the historic town of Thun for a couple of hours. The river spilling in from the Thunersee (lake) was rapid, quite spectacular as it gushed underneath the old wooden bridges laden with flower boxes. We walked up to the Castle and back down and around the cobbled streets.
Next stop was Oberhofen where Reg wanted to take pictures of Schloss Oberhofen. The road rose up from Oberhofen and wound through tunnels hewn into the rock. We were looking down onto Thunersee with some seriously big, snowy capped, mountains getting ever closer as we neared Interlaken. The real stuff! It was a wonder Reg kept on the road, he was so in awe as we wound back down in our approach to Interlaken.