Bern…Berna, part 2

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The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. The elevated Rose Garden above the Bear Park and the platform of the 101-metre-high cathedral tower offer the best views of the old town round which the River Aare flows. The former entrenchments and bastions drop down steeply to the river. The boutiques, bars and cabaret stages of the old town, some of which are located in vaulted cellars, and the small street cafes attract locals as well as a lot of tourists. Although Bern has a very good public transport network it is best to explore the city centre on foot.

Con sus numerosas fuentes, fachadas de arenisca, callejones y torres históricas, la ciudad ofrece un aire medieval singular. La vista más bella al casco antiguo a orillas del río Aare se disfruta desde el Rosengarten (jardín de rosas) encima del BärenPark (parque de osos) o bien desde la plataforma de la catedral de 101 metros de altura. Los antiguos fuertes y bastiones se hallan a gran altura encima del río. Los boutiques, bares y teatros de cabaré del casco antiguo, en parte en las bóvedas de sótanos así como los pequeños cafés callejeros atraen tanto a los habitantes de la ciudad como también a los turistas. A pesar del excelente sistema de transportes públicos, conviene explorar a pie el centro de Berna.

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