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Bern, Switzerland


Visiting Einstein’s house

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Hello, I am glad to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and today we are going on a trip to a beautiful and quiet European city, Bern in Switzerland, so breathe, close your eyes and let yourself be guided, we begin.


Welcome to what is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland.

Bern was founded in 1191, it is crossed by the river Aare, which has led to the construction of numerous bridges that connect the old city with the new one and I am amazed at the great conservation of its medieval architecture. I say that it is definitely a city to explore on foot to be able to wander through its streets and they tell us that the best way to get an idea of ​​what we will visit and locate where all its attractions are is to start at its most outstanding viewpoint, the Rosengarten, which is a place full of life where at the end of the day many Bernese gathers to enjoy the beautiful sunset that falls over the old city and you can admire more than two hundred varieties of roses in its garden and green areas with tables where you can enjoy a time of calm and relaxation.

From there we go to Kramgasse Street, which is the main street of the historic center and one of the essential things to see in Bern. It is a joy to walk along this wide avenue with centuries-old buildings decorated with flags. There is a wide variety of shops and cafes, as well as bars, small concert halls, and alternative theaters or famous puppets.

Let’s keep walking and we arrive at one of the coolest and most fashionable neighborhoods in Bern this Marzili neighborhood: Half-hipster cafes, terraces, and alternative places. In addition, it has the most famous pool in the capital, with large green areas, and absolutely free. It has several swimming pools with trampolines and slides, including direct access to the Aare river, where if it’s not too cold we can swim,

Did you know that Bern is also called “the city of fountains” this is due to its ten fountains with various sculptures that are scattered throughout the old city and in particular along its main street. Most of them were built during the Renaissance. The theme of these fountains is quite varied: animals, allegorical, and biblical figures,… although the most unique is the Ogre Fountain (Kindlifresser), which eats children, how scary hahaha. On the outskirts of the center, we can find more than a hundred fountains built between the 17th and 18th centuries.

I am really enjoying the walk through the historic center, looking at the facades of its buildings and the beautiful arcades. Getting lost in its streets is in itself the best way to get to know this medieval city and we see the cathedral of Berne in front of us, which is the tallest building in Switzerland (100.6 m). It is also the most important work carried out in late Gothic in the country that began to be built in 1421, although it was not completed until 1893 when the tower was completed with a second half in neo-Gothic style. Since 1983 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Bern’s Old Town.

After a visit to the cathedral, I recommend you climb its tower to enjoy incredible views of the city. You will also be able to see its nine bells, including the largest in Switzerland, weighing almost 1 ton. Of course, you will have to climb 344 steps! So let’s grab strength!!!

Now we go to The emblematic Clock Tower, the Zytglogge, which was the first west gate of the city of Bern and began to be built in 1191 and was completed in 1256. Its first function, apart from the main clock of the city, was as a prison for women until the fire of 1405. Below is the astronomical clock that indicates the position of the Sun, the phase of the Moon, and the current zodiac sign.

Its Swiss name literally means “Bell Tower of the Hour”. The clock was installed later, specifically in the 16th century, and 4 minutes before each hour the ornamental figures next to it start moving. How nice to see! !!


Albert Einstein arrived in Bern in 1902 where he began to work in the Confederation’s patent office. The following year he moved in with his wife in an apartment on the second floor of 49 Kramgasse and today the apartment is open to the public as a museum, so let’s go inside to see how they preserved the period furniture and look, there’s documentation on Einstein’s life in Bern. It’s interesting to know that this time coincided with Einstein’s Wonder Years, during which he wrote a series of papers that contributed substantially to the foundation of modern physics while working at the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He developed some of his fundamental and revolutionary theories, including the theory of relativity and his equation E=mc 2. In 1908 he obtained his doctorate from the University of Bern, where he became a professor of theoretical physics. In 1909, he became one of the most famous physicists of mankind, obtaining the chair of theoretical physics at the University of Zurich.

The living conditions of Einstein and his family are accurately shown in the second-floor apartment, decorated with period furniture. Einstein’s biography and different documents about his life and work are exhibited on the third floor.

A larger permanent exhibition is in the Bern History Museum. What do you think about it? Interesting don’t you think?

And after so much walking I got hungry, right?

So if you like to cook click on the button or if you prefer to keep traveling.

And that is how we leave this beautiful and interesting region of the planet with the desire to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you if you like me to share the content with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY. We make a difference. And as I always tell you when helping others, we mainly help ourselves. If you want to know what the Include Me Foundation does for the labor and social integration of people living with intellectual disabilities, go to the link: www. incluyeme.org and if you are moved and interested, check how you can support this interesting project.

Until next week and thanks for traveling with me!!

Swiss cuisine is often associated with cheeses and in particular, Emmental, Gruyere, Vacherin, and Appenzeller, all of which form an essential part of the famous raclette and fondues. Raclette is a dish originating from the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Raclette consists of eating the melted cheese of the same name, accompanying sausages, meats, pickles, and boiled potatoes. In the past, Swiss shepherds melted the cheese by bringing the form closer to the fire, where they also roasted the potatoes. Then when the cheese on the surface was melted, they scraped it with an iron instrument and spread it on the potatoes and some sausage. The name of the dish derives from this way of preparation: it comes from the French verb racler, which means to scratch.

Today, electrical appliances are used for their preparation. In addition to cheese, the traditional ingredients for raclette are roasted or boiled potatoes whole and with skin, sausages, meat cut into strips, and ham. But since cooking is also an innovation, it is very common to add vegetables to cook on the grill or on skewers: peppers, asparagus, courgette, aubergines, onions, tomatoes, etc. In Switzerland, the dish is accompanied by hot drinks such as tea, or a light white wine.

But of course, the fundamental ingredient is the raclette cheese that we will buy at the local market. Raclette is a semi-hard, extra-fat cheese made with raw cow’s milk. Legend has it that it was a viticulturist named León who invented the dish on a cold winter night, although written sources certify this custom as far back as the 16th century.

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Biopont – electrical Raclette grill parrilla for 6 people


Electrical machine to melt the cheese YOOYIST Raclette 


 Electrical grill for barbecue, fondue, and raclette with pans.


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