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My Bern: Susanne Kiener

Home is…

I live in the countryside of Bern in Herrenschwanden. Although only 7 minutes away from the station, I enjoy the peace and quiet of this area with forests, fields and bird-song.

What are you up to for work?

I am the CEO of Schlossberg in Thun, a historical site with roots way back in the middle ages. After a complete renovation in 2014, the castle is now open to the public and contains a restaurant, court café, museum, conference center, a whisky and cigar lounge, wine bar, and a terrace with a wonderful view. The former prison has been converted into a hotel with 17 bedrooms and a small spa.

What is your perfect Saturday in Bern when the sun is out?

The Botanical Garden - entrance after the Lorraine bridge - guarantees a time lapse journey round the world. And, if it rains, I like to take a walk under the arcades.

Where are your favourite places to eat?

There are many restaurants I like! Brasserie Bärengraben which has traditional brasserie food. Casa Novo for the ambiance and food creations. Zähringer for fish, meat and pasta (with big portions) The terrace at The Hotel Bellevue Palace is the perfect place for a special celebration and has the the most beautiful view in Bern.

Which shops do you rely on?

Changemaker for ethical products and aesthetics. Heimatwerk for gifts and souvenirs. Et Voilà Boutique for clothes. Art Floral for flowers. Teo Jakob for interior design. Loeb as a meeting point, which is the oldest department store in Bern and also a family-run business. Also the markets of Bern, called Märit, across the city where you can find all you need from our local farmers.

What are you looking forward to upcoming in the city?

In July, I am looking forward to the open air Gurtenfestival. In September, the renovated Bern Casino will be opening which has a new gastro and event concept. In Autumn, a T-Rex will be coming to the Naturhistorisches Museum. And, and at the end of the year, Rendez-vous Bundesplatz, which is an audio-visual show on the facades of the Swiss Parliament House.

What makes someone "Bernese"?

The Bernese are very social, enjoy life, love holidays and travelling. A real Bernese is hard to convince to leave the city. To become a Bernese you must get the confidence of a Bernese who introduces you to his social network. Then you are accepted.

Botanical Gardens, Bern

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Free entrance to the city, institutions and places so as to discover Bern.

For someone new to the city, what advice would you give?

Discover the city by behaving like a tourist.

What is your Bern secret?

Berne was the most important and largest city state north of the Alps until 1798 (invasion of Napoleon). The civic community of Berne  (Burgergemeinde Bern) and the guilds survived and are organised like communities rather than associations, like the guilds in Zurich. There is a lot to discover regarding this topic.

Thank you, Susanne, for taking part in #1 "My Bern"! To find out more about Susanne and the Schlossberg in Thun, visit the website: http://www.schlossberg-thun.com/

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Featured in this edition of "My Bern"

Brasserie Bärengraben , Grosser Muristalden 1, 3006 Bern

Casa Novo, Läuferpl. 6, 3011 Bern

Zähringer, Badgasse 1, 3011 Bern

Hotel Bellevue Palace, Kochergasse 3-5, 3011 Bern

Changemaker, Spitalgasse 38, 3011 Bern

Heimatwerk, Münstergasse 59, 3011 Bern

Et Voilà Boutique, Kramgasse 18, 3011 Bern

Art Floral, Gerechtigkeitsgasse 48, 3011 Bern

Teo Jakob, Gerechtigkeitsgasse 25, 3000 Bern

Bern Markets: (https://www.marktbern.ch)

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