Excursion: The Emmental

The city of Bern lies just west of the lovely, hilly region of the Emmental. The verdant hills form the foothills of the Bernese Alps, and are dissected by the River Emme. Train travel through the valley is peaceful, serene and scenic. Make time for a stop at a local cheese shop, to purchase the... more

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Excursion in Kreuzlingen

The Swiss city of Kreuzlingen and its German counterpart Constance hug the straits that lead from the Rhine River into Lake Constance. Both cities... more

Excursion in Kreuzlingen
Monastery Romainmôtier

Monastery Romainmôtier

The exterior of the stone church at Romainmôtier looks as it did in the 11th century, when its existing walls were erected; its interior, including... more

Excursion: The Emmental

The city of Bern lies just west of the lovely, hilly region of the Emmental. The verdant hills form the foothills of the Bernese Alps, and are dissected by the River Emme. Train travel through the valley is peaceful, serene and scenic. Make time for a stop at a local cheese shop, to purchase the valley's trademark Emmentaler cheese (the Swiss cheese with the holes).

The city of Bern lies just west of the lovely, hilly region of the Emmental.

Excursion in Kreuzlingen

The Swiss city of Kreuzlingen and its German counterpart Constance hug the straits that lead from the Rhine River into Lake Constance. Both cities are home to interesting Old Towns, with narrow streets and quaint shops and eateries. Constance is famous in Christian history as the home of two important pre-Reformation church councils.

The Swiss city of Kreuzlingen and its German counterpart Constance hug the straits that lead from the Rhine River into Lake Constance.

Monastery Romainmôtier

The exterior of the stone church at Romainmôtier looks as it did in the 11th century, when its existing walls were erected; its interior, including remarkably colorful wall paintings, date from the 13th century. Older still is the church's pulpit, crafted from the lid of a 7th-century tomb.

The exterior of the stone church at Romainmôtier looks as it did in the 11th century, when its existing walls were erected; its interior, including remarkably colorful wall paintings, date from the 13th century. Older still is the church's pulpit, crafted from the lid of a 7th-century tomb.