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Onion Market “Ziebelemärit” in Bern

Every fourth Monday of November old city of Bern becomes an onion market. Farmers from all country selling their best onions for locals and tourists from very early morning until 18:00. Onions are woven into beautiful braids and look so gorgeous! Braids are made in many sizes – beginning with the little ones and finishing with around 1 meter long! Farmers beginning to build their stands already from 4:00 in the morning! And buyers are hunting for the best onion braids already at 6:00 !

Каждый четвертый понедельник ноября, столица Швейцарии превращается в рынок лука! Фермеры со всей страны съезжаются в Берн, чтобы продать свой лучший товар местным жителям и туристам. Лук заплетают в очень красивые вязанки, которые длиной достигают от нескольких сантиметров до одного метра! Фермеры начинают выкладывать  свой товар на лавки уже в 4 утра, а продажа заканчивается в 6 вечера. Первые покупаетели приходят уже в 6 утра, дабы заполучить лучшие вязанки на рынке.

Onions are everywhere

Almost everything is sold!

Definitely one of the longest braids on the market!
You even should give some tips for a chance to make a picture of it 😊👍

Of course, there are stands with vegetables, food, handmade products and most popular drink in winter time – Glühwein. All old city of Bern is full of confeti! Be careful, kids have no mercy and they through confeti sometimes directly in to your face! But the good news is that confeti battle normally starts just at the end of the market, around 16:00.

Конечно, кроме лука здесь ещё продают еду, овощи, предметы ручной работы и всеми любимый в зимнее время Глитвейн. К вечеру весь старый город Берна усыпан конфети. Это любимое занятие детей – устраивать бои из конфети. Нужно быть осторожным, так как самые оторвы бросают конфети прямо вам в лицо. К счастью, время конфети начинается под вечер, около 4-х часов.

Candy shop 😍

No Glühwein- no party 🍷

The Battle field

Zibelemärit is differently the place to go if you are around Bern in November. The atmosphere is very positive, everyone is happy to celebrate this amazing tradition!

Мы советуем вам посетить рынок лука в обязательном порядке, если вдруг вы окажетесь в ноябре в Швейцарии. Атмосфера здесь позитивная и праздничная! Это одна из главных традиций региона!

“Look how cuuuute! Sämi, please…!” *we took it home*
We really liked it!
 

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Head of Switzerland – Bundeshaus.

There is one very important day in Switzerland – 1st of August. All country celebrating National Day. By day there are many attractions for folk and tourists and by night all Switzerland is full of colourful fireworks.

One of the main attractions in Bern-city this day is a possibility to visit Bundeshaus (Building of Swiss Parliament) for free! You have to be ready to stay in a long line – many people want things for free in Switzerland 🙂 And is one of two possibilities to take photos inside.

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About Bundeshaus

It was built at the beginning of XX century, 1894 – 1902 year by architect Hans Auer. Swiss Parliament House is 64 m high, and the highest part inside of the building is 33 meters. There, on the sailing, is one very important mosaic – Swiss cross, all 22 cantons (1904) and phrase in Latin “Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno”. Interesting, and remind three Musketeers: “All for one, one for all”. Under mosaic, you can see a statue of three Switzerland grounders.

Unfortunately, we have just this photo without main points…

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Inside the building, you have two most important chambers: National Council and Council of States.

National Council Chamber:

National Council Chamber

Council of States Chamber:

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Politic basics in Switzerland

Switzerland is proud to be a democratic country. Everything that parliament decides based on the voting. Actually folk decides what is going on in their country.  In Switzerland is not just one president – they have 7 presidents. Just one person chosen by another 6 to be ala President at the meetings, where all 7 are not able to be at the same time. Anyway, even this One President representing all seven in one piece. It never happens that just one person makes a decision in Switzerland’s politic.

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There are 26 cantons and each canton representing two persons. Except for Appenzell Innerhoden, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Basel-Stadt, Basel-Land, Nidwalden, and Obwalden – from all this half-cantons going just one person. After, all these councils meet each other in the Council of States Chamber.

There are 12 parties in National Council Chamber at this moment, but in all Switzerland is much more. They have a different number of chairs for every party. The most popular party in folk get the most numbers of chairs. At this moment is SVP, they have 65 chairs from 200. It is nearly 30%. SVP is a folk party, they are helping Swiss inhabitants to have a better life and better conditions to have a business, also a small one. In Switzerland, they also call SVP as a “farmer party”. Maybe, from one side they are right, because in Switzerland still, farmers are a big part of inhabitants and mostly they choose SVP. And they have really good conditions to do their job and big support from the government as well.

Other parties are:

SP – Social Democratic Party of Switzerland. They support classical democracy and pacifism. “Woman friendly”(Wikipedia). 43 chairs in National Council Chamber.

FDP – The liberals. It is the joint-largest party in the Federal Council, the third-largest party in the National Council, and the largest in the Council of States(Wikipedia). 33 chairs in National Council Chamber.

CVP – Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland. They stand for Christian democracy, the social market economy, and moderate social conservatism. The party is strongest in Catholic rural areas, particularly Central Switzerland and Valais. 27 chairs in National Council Chamber.

Opposition parties:

Greens – The Greens support measures to increase energy efficiency, oppose nuclear power, and support raising energy and fuel prices. According to their policy, the resulting revenues should be allocated to social security spending(Wikipedia). 11 chairs in National Council Chamber.

BDP – The Conservative Democratic Party of Switzerland. The BDP supports bilateral accords with the European Union, and it opposes the tightening of Switzerland’s asylum. It opposes additional benefits to health insurance, although it doesn’t necessarily support limiting them. The BDP supports the raising of the retirement age, opposes any relaxation to requirements to receive social welfare, and supports same-sex marriage (Wikipedia). They have 7 chairs in National Council Chamber.

GLP – The Green Liberal Party of Switzerland. They seek to combine liberalism on civil liberties and moderate economic liberalism with environmental sustainability (Wikipedia). 7 chairs in National Council Chamber.

EVP – The Evangelical People’s Party of Switzerland. The EVP is conservative on euthanasia, abortion, registered partnerships and other typically Christian issues, centrist on economic issues and stands rather centre-left on issues of wealth redistribution, education, environmentalism and immigration(Wikipedia). 2 chairs in National Council Chamber.

LdT – The Ticino League. Isolationist, the national conservative political party in Switzerland active in the canton of Ticino. In the Federal Assembly, the League sits with the Swiss People’s Party, and commentators see it as the Swiss-Italian equivalent of the SVP.  A more notable political position of the League is its support for banning the Burqa, which it achieved in 2015. It is also strongly eurosceptic, supporting Swiss sovereignty and reduced immigration(Wikipedia). They have 2 chairs in National Council Chamber.

MCG – The Geneva Citizens’ Movement. The MCG takes eurosceptic or nationalist positions, such as supporting the preeminence of Swiss law before international law, opposing the bilateral accords with the European Union, and supporting reducing immigration (Wikipedia). 1 chair in National Council Chamber.

PdA – The Swiss Party of Labour. Is a communist party in Switzerland. 1 chair in National Council Chamber.

CSP OW – Christian Social Party Obwalden. 1 chair in National Council Chamber.

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Voting

Voting in Switzerland is organised very often in many questions. Inhabitants get voting blank by post where they have to answer “yes” or “no” in different situations. It is not just who is next going to be Council. Also about daily life decisions like to build a new parking place in Centrum or not? Or to destroy old houses and build a new? And and and…

Everyone can be engaged politically. Many young people are also politically active and trying to fight for their ideas. There are many young people which are trying to save our planet like Young Green Party. Young people fight against atomic energy and conflicts between people, also against racism and fascism.

And at the end of this post, we would like to say that all in all Switzerland is a great country to be. It is safe, clean, kind and friendly. Here are handsome conditions to travel and incredibly organised railway (which actually belong to Swiss government!) – SBB. Yes, it is expensive, but you have great roads, security, well organised public transport and clean pure nature…

What do you think about the political system in Switzerland? Write your thoughts in a comment!

 

Every country has the same problem…

Every country has the same problem…disrespectful people…


This picture is done very close to one of the most expensive and exclusive resorts in Switzerland – Gstaad. Just right close to the main road, place where you can stop the car. Sad, no?

In all around the world exist tipe of people which don’t care. Don’t care at all.  Even not about other people, but about Mother Nature. The planet which feed them and give a home, give a life, give a happiness and protection.

We do believe that humans are a virus of our planet. We take everything what we can – beautiful, clear and kind places, animals, water, air, oil and gas, we pollute even cosmos! And we have absolutely no respect to our own creator – nature, like we would have no respect at all to our mother. How it’s possible….??

This topic could be thousands words long. We just like to send a short message to all around the world : “Guys, please! Keep care about our planet! Everyone loves to travel, and Earth kindly showing us all the beauty. So give a respect to her. Give her a hand to stay healthy and happy!”

Our Jungfraujoch experience. Or how it is to come on the top of the mountain with train!

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This gonna be a special post. Because feelings about this trip are a bit different. From excitement to a little disappointment.


Anyway, this is a trip which we will never forget. This is so grandiose and exclusive, so adventurous and beautiful, so scary and positive in the same time. We must say if you are in central Switzerland and you have one day for travel, 100 CHF for the ticket and a full battery on your smartphone or camera – you should do it!

Even just for a reason to get your Swiss Pass 😀


What’s that??

Jungfraujoch is the highest train station in Europe. It’s on 3,466 m high! Jungfrau is a famous mountain in the Bernese Alps, canton Bern. Jungfrau is a big touristic region and attraction with family friendly atmosphere.

Let’s go!

Let’s start from this point – you are not alone who want to travel to the “Top of Europe”. Be ready to be around lots of tourists from Japan, China, Arabian countries, India, Russia, Australia, Canada, USA, England, Belgium, Germany and of course Switzerland. So, if you speak English, you can easy communicate with everybody around. You can ask people questions with no fear, they love to help! We love when it’s international!

Start

We started our journey from the train station Interlaken Ost. Also here we bought tickets. Then journey began. We changed train just once, in Grindelwald.

Journey

We traveled on the top of Jungfrau in December. It was a special feeling when from the window of the train you see mountain skiers on ski track very close to railway! 🙂  Or to see how driver steering the train. It looks like a roller coaster!

On the top

So…Here comes to some disappointment. It is not bad, but we expected to see something more grandiose. First, at all, you come to the building. This is like a kinder garden for everybody. You have interactive chocolate fabric, standard on glaciers – tunnel in ice. And OF COURSE – you can buy a watch in highest in Europe watch shop. Ok! 🙂


Then you are coming out of the building and you understand why so many attractions are inside. The view is….ok. But really like…ok. Nothing so very special. From one side Interlaken and Unterseen from Jungfrau, from another side are  mountains and part of the glacier. And biggest glacier in Alps in front of you!


Aletsch glacier from Aletsch Arena in canton Wallis, summer. 👇


Back to the Jungfrau side – you have small area to stand and watch on glacier. Selfie ofc! Then you realize – you are standing so close to huge power of nature. So close to you is a danger. Deep cracks in ice can easy take your life away. So, please, be careful!


Food

Its lot of food on the “Top of Europe”! Asian and Swiss kitchen. Not so expensive, like 20 CHF for a big portion of food (we share it on 2) and like 5 CHF for a drink.

The way back

Everybody sleeping 🙂 Fresh alpine air and atmosphere tension makes people quite tired at the end of the day…

Bern Minster – must see place in capital city of Switzerland

Today we will visit the capital city of Switzerland – Bern. Bern has his own special spirit. By day is a very cute city with an incredible old town. By night it shows a bit darker side – night clubs, young people which are trying to be like young people from Berlin – urban style, drinking and clubbing, clubbing, clubbing. Personally, our female part of this blog doesn’t like to be in Bern by night. But by day – yes, yes and yes again!

From lots of interesting things to do in this beautiful city, we choose the highlight. We are going to visit huge Swiss Reformed Cathedral in a centrum of the old city of Bern. The highest Cathedral in Switzerland ( bell tower is 100,6 m high)!   Its construction started in 1421. Cathedral is in Gothic style. UNESCO heritage object.

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Everyone is welcome to visit this incredible religious building. You can come inside through amazing and rich entrance. As soon you are inside, very calm and holy atmosphere envelops you…You feel like you are in medieval times.

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This is just a beginning of an adventure! You can go up to tower just for 5 CHF for an adult! But! Be ready to overcome 312 steps, before you will see stunning Bern City and the Bernese Alps panorama…

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Here we go…:

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Info

You can visit tower every day!

Open hours during the week:

  • Monday – Friday 12:00 – 15-30* in winter and 12:00 – 16:30 in summer
  • Saturday 10:00 – 16:30* in winter and summer
  • Sunday 11:30-15:30* in winter and 11:30-16:30* in summer

How to surprise your guest in Switzerland? Thun !

We love visitors and always have time to show surroundings and cool spots. This time mother of Yana came to visit us when we were based in Thun, Canton Bern.

Thun is magical place and very beautiful! Here you have mountains and lake with incredible color…Thun is close to capital city of Switzerland- Bern.

Here we go – some great attractions to show your guest in a week.

Thun and hidden places.


Our number one is the 1000 years old church in Thun. This is very cute place on the lake. Hidden from the lots of people this peaceful place make your heart warm. And this is not the end. Here in front of the church you can find a huge Mammut tree. Really “wow” super old tree…

We can not forget about the lake…Here, on the Schadau side you have a great spot to see stunning panorama of Berner Alps and the lake. You can visit a castle museum of Gastronomy (we didn’t) , take a hot chocolate and piece of cake. Great place – Schadau Park!

How do you like it? And what’s about ships? You can take a tour around the lake of Thun or go to Interlaken instead of train.

Thun is a great place! We spend in this city 3 years and for sure it was a great and quiet times. In Thun living more old people which are relaxing on the lake and in the old city. For young and motivated people like we it was a bit boring. But life made us stay here so we used this time for our education and sport. It was great times! Thank you ,Thun!

You have been in Thun? What’s you favorite spot?

#tbt_lastyear or Jura on horizon in Ins

That was a great experience to spend some months training horses in Ins…Landscape, forests, and lakes were just breathtaking…


Small village Ins is in region Seeland, in canton Bern. Inside of the village is not a lot to do, but the old church with a very old bible on the altar is worth visiting! Many of pilgrims are visiting Ins.


The most beautiful in Ins is nature…The Jura mountains and 3 lakes around – Bielersee, Nauchâtel and Murtensee…And beautiful forests with Celt’s tombs.


If you are once around this area, please, take a day for hiking or horseback riding around and don’t forget a camera!

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