Bern is the city that time forgot. The old city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the architecture reads like a timeline of Western European fashions - from the medieval to the overly ornate affectations of the Renaissance. The Great Fire of 1405 destroyed much of the predominantly wooden old city, and the rebuilding was conducted in sandstone giving the city its creamy colouring so distinctive today. The main pleasures for visitors are derived from strolling among the arcades of the shopping streets and central squares, or admiring the amazing period architecture that still appears as fresh and clean as when first built. Theatres, art galleries and museums fill out the rest of the attractions, as you might expect in such a refined environment.
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