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Welcome to the city of bears; Bern, Switzerland. The name Bern loosely translates to Bear. Why bears? Well I’ll explain in part two… Bern is the capital city of Switzerland and a wonderful city for strolling and shopping with many fountains and bridges.
So why bears…well, according to the local legend a Duke and founder of the city Berchtold V, vowed to name the city after the first animal he met on the hunt, and this turned out to be a bear. The bear was the heraldic animal of the seal and coat of arms of Bern.
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