Weekend Getaway: Bern + Neuchâtel + Murten

Hello! 

As part of livingeneva it is my “duty” to share with you great weekend getaway ideas from Geneva right? 

The last one worth sharing was when we went for a little Swiss Road trip. 

Friday 

We started off (by car) going to Bern! I had been before, but I did not have a lot of memories. We arrived directly to Weldheim restaurant (a little outside of the city); this place is lovely! We got the chance to go there because it was part of the Swiss Gastro Awards this year! Article here. 

Below some pictures. …. yei!

Orange cheesecake

Orange cheesecake

The Waldheim from outside

The Waldheim from outside

After our delicious dinner (seriously it is worth going) we headed to our hotel.  

We arrived to the Alpenblick Hotel after crossing the city.
Since we planned this Bern pit-stop quite last minute, it was hard for us to find proper hotels in our budget range (less 200chf) . So after hours of internet searching we found this newly refurbished hotel, with great taste, clean and smart, & also perfectly located. 12-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten

It is also the first time I heard about Welcome Hotels, they look perfect for my way of travel! I will be checking them out next time around too.

Alpenblick Hotel in Bern

Alpenblick Hotel in Bern

Do not get scared if you see that the hotel is not in the heart of the city, remember Bern is not that big and you can easily walk around or take the tram. 

Saturday

After our breakfast, we asked in the reception some tips. They advised us to walk to the Rose Garden  and admire the view, have a coffee and then walk down to the center! Great walk and great views! 

View from the Rose Garden in Bern

View from the Rose Garden in Bern

We had a coffee at RosenGarten which is lovely, it also looks like a lovely lunch spot. 03-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten 04-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten

Then we strolled through the old city. The boutiques along the covered arches are amazing! It is considered an UNESCO patrimony, and I am not surprised. It is so unique! 

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The old city in Bern

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The Bern Bear – Bears are the symbol of the city

The Swiss Alps from the city

The Swiss Alps from the city

After lunch we headed to Neuchâtel; not to visit the city, but to discover the Palafitte hotel. Never in a 100 years I would have dreamt to be invited to stay in such an original hotel! 

Palafitte Hotel - View from the restaurant

Palafitte Hotel – View from the restaurant

It is literally the Maldives in Switzerland (slightly colder…) but as breathtaking and peaceful as a lakeshore can be! 

Where I would rather be right now...

Where I would rather be right now…

I prepared for you my first Hotel Vlog, since I felt that for this particular hotel,  pictures only wouldn’t do justice. Videos are more lively and can really show you the entourage & take you inside the hotel with me!

Check it below:

We arrived around 4pm to have time to relax, take a bath and prepare ourselves for dinner. 18-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten 17-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten

A Flatlay with marble never killed nobody :D

A Flatlay with a marble table never killed a blogger 😀

We had dinner at the hotels restaurant La Table de Palafitte that is BTW  an excellent table! 

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Then we enjoyed a infusion & digestive in their lobby/ living room area. I loved the fire & cozy feeling by the bar! 

 

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2 happy kids

In the video you can see better, I did not want to bother the guest while taking pictures of the buffet. But it was amazing! 29-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten 27-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten 30-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten 20-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten

Sunday

After a breakfast food coma we headed to Murten! This place is a Swiss Fairytale! The weather was not on our side, but still we walked around took some pictures and headed to lunch (because…. we are always hungry) 

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Breakfast at the Palafitte Hotel

Hi! From Murten

Hi! From Murten

Murten website for more info — > Here

For lunch we headed to Freiburger Falle, a friend had recommended us this place and we were sad that it was full when we arrived 🙁 . But the lady told us to wait 20″ and come back… so we did and finally had a table. 

Me merging at Murten

Me merging at Murten

At Freiburger Falle

At Freiburger Falle

This place is really good and 100% worth it, if you are around.  All pictures below: 

At Freiburger Falle

At Freiburger Falle

At Freiburger Falle

At Freiburger Falle

Great anecdote: in Switzerland the farmers leave their crops by the road with a piggy bank! So we stopped by to buy 2 pumpkins and left 10 CHF in the piggy! Wow this is a cultural difference …. you can breath trust, security and honesty in this country. That is why I heart Switzerland! 

Emmanuel Buying Pumpkins by the road

Emmanuel Buying Pumpkins by the road

Before heading to Geneva we stopped at La Maison Du Blé et du Pain at Echallens to buy their super famous “Tarte a la Creme”. Worth the detour people, it is really amazing! 

We actually brought 3, one each for our colleagues and 1 for home 😉 44-geneva-lifestyle-blog-geneva-lifestyle-blog-livingeneva-weekend-in-bern-neuchatel-murten

Finally we arrived back home with a bag full of priceless memories and tons of pictures (and probably 1 or 2 additional kilos, but who cares! ) 

I hope you liked this and get inspiration for your next Swiss weekend! 

Cheers! 

Diana 

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After our dinner at Palafitte

After our dinner at Palafitte

At Hotel Palafitte - The Golf cart that takes you to your room.

At Hotel Palafitte – The Golf cart that takes you to your room.

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Bern

Bern

A rose in Bern

A rose in Bern

Rose Garden in Bern

Rose Garden in Bern

Waldheim Restaurant in Bern

Waldheim Restaurant in Bern

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