As I was planning my trip to Lucerne and looking up the train schedule back to Geneva, I realized that the train passed right through Bern, Switzerland’s capital. Since it seemed like a convenient stop, I figured a visit to the capital was well worth it and decided to do just that. After stowing my bag in a locker at the train station and acquiring a soft pretzel for sustenance, I set off to explore the town of Bern on foot.
It didn’t dazzle me like Lucerne did, truthfully, but I found Bern to have charm in its own right, although perhaps of a less obvious sort. I was there on a Sunday in January, and the city felt surprisingly low-key to me, particularly when you consider that it’s the capital of the country! I also didn’t really “do” much in Bern, other than meandering through its quiet streets, snapping photographs of its grey-green buildings, crossing back and forth over several of its bridges, and pausing to enjoy a pretty solid bowl of pasta for lunch. Taking it easy was fine by me, however, as the city really is a pleasant and peaceful place to while away an afternoon. Perhaps it won’t go down as one of the most memorable destinations on my trip, but I’m glad I made the stop.