THE HEART OF SWITZERLAND
The International School of Berne was founded in Berne, the capital of Switzerland, in 1962…
Introducing Berne, Switzerland
“The city of Bern or Berne is the Bundesstadt (federal city, de facto capital) of Switzerland with (as of December 2010) a population of 133,920. Berne became the Swiss capital in 1848.
Bern is also the capital of the Canton of Bern, the second most populous of Switzerland’s cantons.
In 1983 the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).
Berne sits on a peninsula formed by the meandering turns of the river Aare. The city features 4 miles of arcaded walkways along streets decked out with fountains and clock-towers. Bern was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships.
Famously, Albert Einstein worked out his theory of relativity while living in Bern, employed as a clerk at the patent office.
The city centre of Berne is easily accessible by foot and the city has an excellent public transportation system, with frequent local city services provided by trams, trolleybuses and buses, together with an S-Bahn rail system for longer journeys into the surrounding suburbs.
Berne is full of history, with lots of attractions and museums to visit, plenty of shops, restaurants and cinemas. It also has public art, all of which is marked on a walking map which is available from the tourist office in the train station for free.
Berne is home to the prestigious University of Berne, in addition, the city has the University of Applied Science also known as Berner Fachhochschule. There are also many vocational schools and an office of the Goethe Institut.
Bern’s small international airport (with direct flights from Munich, Barcelona, Paris, London as well as several seasonal destinations in Europe) lies just a few kilometres south of the city.
The city is also well connected to other cities and their airports, including Genève aéroport and Zurich airport, by the railway and several motorways.”
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