Archive for March, 2012

Sightseeing in Bern

Besides being the most populous city of Switzerland, Bern is also one of the most famous and well-known tourists’ destinations. If you want to visit a place having spell-binding attractions and landmarks, you must visit city of Bern. Some most beautiful and most visited attractions in Bern include:

Zytglogge Clock Tower

This clock tower is the most loved attraction of Bern that is located close to the heart of Old Town district. If you spend a considerable time in visiting Zytglogge Clock Tower, you will enjoy a lot hearing its hourly chimes and watching animated characters including bears, jester, bearded king and cockerel. To know more about this marvelous landmark of Bern, I would recommend you to opt for a guided tour of this splendid clock tower to have a closer look of clockwork technicalities which are responsible for beauty of this eye-catching tower.

Bundeshaus (Houses of Parliament)

Houses of Parliament have become a historic landmark of Bern which date back to 1902. They are capable of attracting and providing pleasure to tourists with impressive architecture. Most fascinating feature of Houses of Parliaments is their eye-catching and super-splendid copper domes providing visitors one of the best treats they can ever have. Swiss Houses of Parliament also boast of a stained-glass dome which has been adorned with motifs of the city and a spectacular chandelier having more than 200 bulbs producing a hypnotic effect. Again to see this attraction, guided tours are recommended. Here you can also have a chance to see parliamentary sessions from a distance.

Munster (Cathedral)

Bern’s most visited attraction is this cathedral which is featured with tallest spires in entire Switzerland. These spires have a height of 328 feet. Surely it would be a great experience to see such an attractive landmark of Bern. Tourists become more enthusiastic when they know that they can actually climb this tower by spending nominal amount of money. Top of this tower provides tourists to see some of the most beautiful and gorgeous scenes of this city including that of River Aar. The tower is also featured with a large and unique collection of Gothic sculptures so you should never miss this tower to visit.

Einsteinhaus / House of Einstein

This small apartment is of enormous importance and a special attraction of Bern as it is the building where Nobel-prize winning scientist Einstein developed the theory of relativity in 1905. Visitors who come to Bern never forget to visit the house of this struggling scientist.

Barengraben (Bear Pits) / Dahlholzli Zoo

Barengraben has been a home of brown bears since 1850s and is a part of Dahlholzli Zoo. Other attractions which are close by include Tramdepot and a busy brewpub.

This was a picture of attractions in the wonderful city of Bern. If you have not visited Bern till now then get ready to present yourself with a wonderful treat.

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Interesting Places in Cape Town

Cape Town is a diverse city of South Africa having rich culture and great potential for tourism. Both domestic and international tourists, frequently visit this city for historical and modern architectural attractions. Some most important and interesting places in Cape Town are as follows:

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope is one of the most important places in Cape Town which is located at the south-west corner of Cape Peninsula. This place is not only famous for attractive picnic sites but also known for rich species of flora and fauna. A popular place at Cape of Good Hope is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve having 1036 species of plants. This place is actually a sanctuary for endangered species. Here bird lovers can also find many birds to see including little Spotted Prinia and Black Eagle. Besides this Nature Reserve, Cape of Good Hope is also popular for its silvery beach having rocky cliffs which are known to be the highest coastal cliffs in world.

Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square is a well-known shopping place in Cape Town. This place remains full of both local and international products so you can have a large variety of things here. Some goods sold in Greenmarket Square include African curios, electronics, gift items, apparels and candles. Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy a wonderful dining experience in the lanes and streets of this market. There are many bars and restaurants offering mouth-watering cuisines. Coffee shops and pubs are also common here. Greenmarket Square is also a place of entertainment because performances by renowned dancers and singers also take place at this market.

Table Mountain

This attraction offers breathtakingly beautiful scenes of the entire city and beaches. Table Mountain is 1086 meters above the bay and forms a main part of Table Mountain National Park. This park is a home to 1470 species of plants which also include important medicinal plants and herbs. One of the most enjoyable features of Table Mountain is the Cable way which takes visitors from Tafelberg Road to top of this mountain. At summit, you will find a restaurant and souvenir shop providing visitors with foods and drinks. Hiking along the paths of this mountain is also an enjoyable activity. Hiking trips are conducted by professionals.

Hout Bay Harbor

Located by the bay, Hout Bay Harbor is a town which is surrounded by mountains. It has been blessed by nature with scenic beauty and pleasant weather. Here travelers can enjoy a number of activities like sailing, jet skiing, hiking, scuba diving etc. Other attractions at this place include Seal Island, Chapman’s Peak, Birds Park, historical buildings and museums. Bird Park is an interesting place which houses almost 400 species of birds. Modern facilities like that of dining and accommodation are also provided in this town.

V & A Waterfront

V & A Waterfront is an entertainment and recreation center located between Table Mountain and Robben Island. Here you will find a number of dining and entertainment spots along with luxury hotels, business centers and lodging centers. Besides facilities of enjoying water sports, there are 11 cinemas in V & A Waterfront where you can watch your favorite movies. Other attractions include boat trips, marine aquarium, walk tours and harbor cruises. You can also have a chance to do shopping here as there are more than 300 stores where you can buy handicrafts and much more.

These were five major places of Cape Town which attract the most to tourists. If you have enough resources and time, plan a visit to this beautiful city and have memorable time of your life.

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