Though almost as old as the city herself, it is fascinating to see this Masterpiece still functioning.
We visited Bern on a Sunday, and you can be limited in the attractions that are open. We took a guided tour of the clock tower and it was very informative. The guide presented the commentary in both English and German. He was very knowledgeable and considered.
Design was very cool but upon arrival for seeing the clock do its "thing" at the turn of the hour, I was left wanting more. I guess I'm spoiled after experiencing the clock spectacular in Prague. Take a look but don't get too excited.
The clock tower was actually built around 1220, it was a guard tower, a prison and finally a clock tower. It is one of the oldest clock towers in Switzerland.The astronomical clock shows the hour of the day, day and month, the zodiac and the phases of the moon. Einstein lived in the area. Shame we didn't have time to... More
We stayed in Bern a little later than we originally planned in order to see the famous clock. The most interesting thing about the clock is its history and I'm sure that is was a true marvel when it was built in 1530. Given the technology we enjoy today the Clock's Big Show at 12pm is a bit anti-climatic.
Other than the Bear Pits this must be the most popular spot in Bern. The crowds literally stop the traffic for what is just a pretty clock striking the hour. Difficult to photograph and somewhat over hyped.
ls at the centre of the old town of Bern, easy to find and less than half hour to see it, so is good to be seen as reminds old times. I had the same experience at Prague historical centre. I think is worthwhile to be seen.
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