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Einstein’s House [Einsteinhaus]

Entrance fee: CHF 6,- (cash only)

Address: Kramgasse 49, 3011 Bern

While strolling in Bern, I did not miss the opportunity to visit the house of one of world’s legend: Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein started his ‘professional’ academic life in Bern. In a house located in the Bern’s old town, the renowned “Relativity Theory” was born. S

The house itself is not really big. It is a 3-rooms apartment in Swiss standard, located on the 2nd floor of Kramgasse No. 49. Inside, there are pieces of furniture that used by Einstein and his family while living in the house. There are also some pieces of journals, papers, and research equipment owned by Einstein. Several texts and pictures depict Einstein’s biography.

Overall, this is a really nice place to visit while in Bern, that could be enjoyed by sparing time ~30 minutes. The location is also central and easily accessed from Bern main station.

 

 

 

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Beautiful Bern

Yesterday, I had a chance to stroll around Bern for a while. In this autumn, Bern is really breathtaking! Here are some of my snapshots on Bern’s autumn. Anyway, my favorite place is Rose Garden, which offers a pretty view of Bern old town and surroundings.

 

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Bern parliamentary building faces Aare river

 

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autumn alley
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old town Bern from Rose Garden
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view from Rose Garden
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another view from Rose Garden
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Einstein is waiting to take a selfie with you!
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Bern University
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International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Location: Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève

Entrance fee: CHF 15,-

I’ve always been interested in medical things and joined the red cross extracurricular activity when I was in junior high school. Hence, I was excited to visit this museum during my time in Geneva, the ‘home’ of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

After pay for the entrance fee, we’ll get a headphone that will ‘accompany’ us to enjoy the museum. The audio will automatically play once we stand near an object/collection (which is so cool!). The combination of holograms, automatic audio, and other advanced technology mesmerized me inside this museum. I thought that the museum in NY (and the US) might be the most sophisticated museum in the world. Well, Switzerland does (at least this museum).

Here, there are 3 main themes: the history of Red Cross and Red Crescent, family reunion during/after wars, and natural disaster. I was especially touched by the collections in ‘family reunion during/after wars’ room. There were pictures of hundreds of children separated from their parents, letters from soldiers to their families, thousands of cards proving the status of someone during wars (alive, died, etc.). The room was just too emotional for me.

After all, this museum is a must to visit during your trip in Geneva!

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Museum ethnography Geneva (Museum D’ethnographie De Genève)

Entrance fee: FREE (permanent exhibition), CHF 9,- (special exhibition)

From the outside, I love the look of this museum! Even though the museum name has an ‘old’ and ‘ancient’ sound to me (the ‘ethnography’), the facade of this museum is so modern and sophisticated! That’s why I thought it was worth to visit. And, yes it is!

This museum houses myriads artifacts from all over the world; the oldest one is a pottery from 3,000BC (it’s 5 millenniums years old!). The artifacts are categorized by region: Asia, pre-Columbian America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. There is also a collection of traditional music instruments (ethnomusicology), which includes ‘sasando’ and ‘bataknese flute’ from Indonesia. I really enjoy this museum, every artifact has its own story and is described clearly in the show. But, my favorite is the ethnomusicology. We could listen to some recording of those traditional musical instruments, and I felt like I wanted to dance while listening to those pieces of music! I’ve just realized that sasando and bataknese flute are so beautiful!

I also got a chance to visit a special exhibition themed ‘Religion in Africa’. It was interesting to learn how the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christian, Islam) develop in Africa; as well as interact with the ancient religion from Africa.

Overall, this is a nice museum to spend some time in Geneva. Prepare time around 1.5-2 hours if you really want to fully explore this museum.

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Swiss National Museum in Zurich

Location: Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich

Entrance fee: CHF 10,-

We could easily access this museum as it’s located just across Zurich main station. From outside, the museum looks like an old beautiful castle. Inside, advanced technology ‘colors’ museum’s collections. There are various collections here: the history of Switzerland, photos of the Alps, and modern contemporary arts. Personally, I really enjoyed the collections about the history of Switzerland.

 

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Museum of Science History of Geneva (Musée d’histoire des sciences de la Ville de Genève)

Location: Rue de Lausanne 128, 1202 Genève

Entrance fee: FREE

This is a small and simple museum, showing various antique equipment used in science, such as antique microscopes, telescopes, thermometer, barometer, etc. It also houses the equipment used by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (a Swiss geologist and meteorologist) to explore and map the Alps during the 18th century.  Located just a few steps from Lake Geneva, this museum worths to visit if you walk along the Lake’s right bank. The old building has a beautiful interior and view to the lake from the 2nd floor.  A downside of this one is that not all pictures/equipment have an English description.