Recently, the matte-team spent some days in California. Just by curiosity we scrolled thorough some traveler guides about home. We were quite pleased to read in the National Geographic Traveller Guide „Switzerland :
Nearby, the Rosengarten (Rose Garden) provides a beautiful and fragrant viewpoint for admiring the old town. Heading back across the bridge, walk south into the Mattequartier (www.matte.ch), a district that once housed the city’s artisans and workshops.
“It is the most beautiful that we have ever seen,” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter to his friend Charlotte von Stein during his stay in Bern in 1779. Today the Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events.
Reason enough for us, to collect some few informations and links in English about Bern and the Matte, right out of the "Matte":
City of Bern – official site
The City of Bern is the political center of Switzerland. It is well-known for its high quality of life, good cultural offering and tourist attractions. Bern is also home to international organizations and enterprises. It has gained itself a reputation as a place of research and science. Detailed information about living in Bern
Since May 2007 Bern Tourism has offered visitors to the city a very special Texetera audio guide. It is the first illustrated city walk on iPod in the world. You hire the device at the Bern Tourism's Tourist Center and take it with you as you walk through the city, a Unesco World Heritage site.
The Mattequartier is a historic section in the Old City of Bern in Bern, Switzerland. With links to the principal sights in the historical center of Berne
"Berndeutsch" – the language we Bernese speak
"Matteenglisch" –the secret dialect of the Matte - people
plus "Matteänglisch" from Made in Bern
International School of Berne
The International School of Berne (ISBerne) provides a high quality academic programme which encourages students to be reflective and involved in the learning process. This starts in the Early Learning Centre and progresses through to Grade 12.
US-Embassy in Berne
plus a few touristic websites
Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometers of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.
Wandering through the picture-postcard Old Town, with its provincial, laid-back air, it's hard to believe that Bern (Berne in French) is the capital of Switzerland
Our reasons for guaranteeing the success of your meeting: the Swiss capital’s calming effect on visitors, transfer of knowledge from the university, and a free public transport ticket are just a few of the reasons for choosing Bern.
With "Free Walking Tours Bern" you will visit the most important sights of the city, you will discover different areas and learn about historical facts as well as legends and myths of the City. The tours are led by our local guides, who are happy to tell you what living in Bern is like.
The best way to experience Bern’s Old Town is in the company of one of Bern Tourism’s knowledgeable tour guides. Our team will show you the popular attractions while also pointing out the little, hidden corners of the city.
Learn more about medieval and modern history of the city and see, feel, experience and taste the best Berne has to offer.
Please scan the Internet for more! Let us know, what you found useful - thanks
Rosmarie & Peter