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Bellevue Palace Bern

Bellevue Palace Bern

Bellevue Palace Bern

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Old Town Bern

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

Funny enough, I accidentally stumbled upon Bern, Switzerland…

I had spent the summer traveling around Europe and needed to get more pages added to my passport before I flew to Iceland. As I was planning my trip to Iceland, I found the cheapest flight there via Basel, Switzerland.

I planned to visit the US embassy in Switzerland to get more passport pages added, then head to Basel to fly out. So, I started looking into trains to Zurich. To my surprise, the capital of Switzerland is not Zurich. It’s Bern. And that’s where the embassy was located!

Lesson learned: Don’t assume the biggest cities are the capitals!

So my plans quickly changed and I hopped a train to Bern for a quick overnight stay and a hot date at the US embassy. To make the most of my visit to Bern, and my first time in Switzerland, I stayed at the Bellevue Palace Bern. This hotel alone is worth coming to Bern. It’s absolutely stunning.

After checking into the hotel, I decided to stroll through town and discovered just how enchanting it was. The Old City is straight out of story book, surrounded by a turquoise river. A scenic walk up to the Rose Garden gives you a view over the Old Town- that looks just like medieval city surrounded by a moat!

Definitely do not miss sunset from the Rose Garden.

I set my alarm the following morning before sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I opened the french doors to my balcony and, wrapped in a blanket, sat to watch the sun paint the Alps in purple, pink and orange.

After my appointment at the embassy, I had fresh new passport pages, a skip in my step and was ready to explore Bern for the rest of the morning until I had to leave for Basel. I took yet another tour around the Bellevue Palace before heading up to Altes Tramdepot for a pint with a view.

If you’re visiting Switzerland, definitely make time to visit Bern and Old Town!

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.