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Part personal musings, part photo gallery, and part travel guide, Nerding Abroad is a community for professionals, students, interns, wanderlusts, book lovers, Curious Wanderers, introverts, global health workers, political science junkies, history addicts, and all those who recognize that the world is infinitely large and wonderful.

Beautiful Bern

Beautiful Bern

 

During our cross-country whirl-wind train tour of Switzerland, we only had the time (and energy) for a quick train layover in Bern, but it was more than enough time to start falling in love with the gorgeous and historic city.  The city was established sometime during the 12th century by Berchthold V, a local Duke, who named it after a bear he killed in the nearby forest. Which is nice and all, but maybe he could have just left the poor bear alone in the first place. The city was largely destroyed by a fire in 1405 and rebuilt in sandstone, allowing for its current cohesive style.  Today, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also the federal capital of Switzerland.

 The Bundestag, or Parliament Building

The Bundestag, or Parliament Building

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Left: Clock tower, dating back to the 12 century.

Right: The astronomical clock and musical clock on the other side of the clock tower. This tower served as the city’s first west gate, and the surrounding squares are built on what used to be the city moat.

 Canton flags on the dome of the Bundestag.

Canton flags on the dome of the Bundestag.

 Berchthold and his bear

Berchthold and his bear

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72 Perfect Hours in Fredericksburg

72 Perfect Hours in Fredericksburg

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