Interlaken, Bern, Thun, Switzerland

Interlaken,  Bern, Thun,   Switzerland

Interlaken in the heart of the Alps and Bern
are two of the great destinations of Switzerland. We’ll show you both places in this practical
guide, part of our series on Switzerland. And for a bonus will bring you to the historic
riverside city of Thun. The town of Interlaken makes a perfect home
base for exploring the beautiful mountains all around the central region of Switzerland. In this segment we will take a quick look
at what Interlaken has to offer. The advantages of staying in Interlaken are
the many hotels, restaurants and shops, and wonderful train and bus connections to get
up to the mountain sites. Some of the world’s most spectacular mountain
scenery is waiting for you just outside of Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Europe’s longest glacier – four famous mountain
peaks: the Monk, Eiger, Jungfrau and Shilthorn – astonishingly beautiful Lauterbrunnen
Valley, my favorite – Europe’s highest railroad station, delightful mountain villages of Grindelwald,
Wengen and Murren – two large lakes with tour boat service – and some fascinating
nearby cities. In this movie we are focusing on the town
of Interlaken and also will take you to Bern but you can find those other movies about
the Interlaken area as well as many movies about the rest of Switzerland in our series
— be sure to look for them All of these attractions are close to the
town of Interlaken which makes a perfect base from which to explore the region. Interlaken is very easy to reach by train
with extensive international connections coming in and once you arrive it’s an easy walk from
the East or the West train stations to most hotels such as our favored resting place at
the Carlton Europe just two blocks from the East station
There are about 100 hotels and guest houses in all price ranges in the city. While Interlaken is attractive with an excellent
supply of hotels, shops, restaurants and a pretty park in the middle, you’re not really
coming here to see the town, so be sure to spend most of your daylight hours outside
the town. The nearby surrounding peaks and valleys are
your main reason for being in Interlaken so your time in town is mostly for eating and
sleeping, doing a little shopping, in order to gear up for those excursions into the mountains. You don’t come to this area just to see Interlaken,
but instead the town has great value as a practical tourist center with fine support
services, excellent rail and boat connections, and a compactness that makes for easy walking
anywhere in town. Unfortunately there are some tourists who
come to Interlaken and never get up into the mountains. That would be like going to a major art museum,
walking in the front door and just staying in the lobby and the gift shop and not going
to see the great visual treasures, so get out of town and get up in the mountains. We’re showing you that in our other movies. In this movie, again, we’re focusing on
how to get the most out of your visit to the town while you are here. For the more adventurous you can go paragliding. That’s right even if you don’t know anything
about it you can go with a pilot and enjoy a tandem paraglide ride. They’ll drive you up to the hills and then
you do a little walking, hike up further up on the slope, and you jump off, and the payoff
is you get to glide down and enjoy a fantastic view. Or for something less adventurous you can
just rent a bicycle and go peddle around. There’s a lot to see in the Interlaken area. The town itself is relatively flat and you
can peddle through the shopping areas and up into the residential zones. As you can see the main activity in town is
shopping – all sorts of souvenirs for sale, clothing, you can buy some hiking gear. It’s a great place for backpacks, for boots,
hats, clothing of all kinds, walking sticks and a T-shirt that says Interlaken. There’s not much of a pedestrian zone that’s
free of automobiles here but they do have one little lane that’s for pedestrians. But the rest of town is very friendly for
walking around, the sidewalks are wide and there’s always things to look at and things
to do. While you have many lovely hotels to pick
from there’s no question that one of them stands out above all the others. It’s the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and
Spa, five-star, ultra-deluxe. Even if you cannot afford to spend the night
here you might enjoy a meal in one of their various restaurants and you can even have
a nice meal on their front terrace with a view looking up towards the Jungfrau. This great meadow is right next to the one
major street of town, the Hoheweg, which is beautifully landscaped and kept in a semi-natural
state with flowers and trees and the meadow along one side and grand hotels on the other. If you’re a gambler of course there is a
casino like there is in most Swiss towns and it’s an elegant place. It’s part of the Kursal complex which for
100 years has been a cultural center of the city, set in a beautiful park with fountains
and flowers. Tourists have been coming to Interlaken and
the area since about 1800 when it was first popularized by some romantic painters and
then tourism really increased in the 1890s and early 1900s with the opening of railway
service. There is a quiet residential area behind the
main commercial town. Population of Interlaken is quite small, just
about 5000 people, many of them living in traditional chalet-style houses that really
make something for you to have a look at. So that’s another nice activity – take a
stroll in the residential neighborhood. Up there you might find a restaurant that
is geared as much to locals as to tourists such as Restaurant Tenne specializing in Italian
food if you have enough of Swiss food already, quite good. It takes about 10 or 15 minutes to walk here
from most of the hotels. One of the most famous restaurants in town
is the Grand Café Restaurant Schuh which is located right next to the meadow on the
main street in town, and they have been in business here since 1818. They’ve got nice entertainment while you
dine, you can sit outdoors on the terrace with a view of the meadow, or indoors, take
your pick and they specialize in chocolates along with fine dining. My first visit to Interlaken was in 1985 and
I stayed in a very inexpensive bed-and-breakfast. They still have got 41 bed-and-breakfasts
listed for example in Trip Advisor, or stay in a hotel – there’s a variety ranging from
one star up to five stars. You’re looking at the large modern youth hostel. It’s got private rooms, group rooms and they
rent tents, with a real popular bar in the basement open to everybody, so you can see
there is a big range of choice and it’s really one of the main reasons for staying here so
that you can have a decent hotel and great access to the mountains. We’re having a lovely breakfast at our Hotel
Carlton which I can highly recommend. It’s located down towards the East train station
which is very convenient for getting the mountain railroads up to the Jungfrau and into Lauterbrunnen
Valley. Another major attraction worth seeing near
Interlaken is the city of Bern, the political capital of Switzerland and it’s just one hour
away by train – very convenient to walk over to the train station and soon you’ll
be whisking through more scenic countryside on your way to Bern. We’ll show you more of Interlaken town later
in the program with our special 3-screen presentation. But now we are getting out of town. One of the most rewarding excursions you can
take from Interlaken by train is a short journey over to the capital of the country, Bern. It’s only fifty minutes away by train, and
it’s a very busy train line. You’ll find that in the morning there are
as many as five trains an hour that connect directly from Interlaken over to Bern, and
then the same thing coming home again later in the day. So this is a very easy and rewarding trip. The Bern train station is right next to the
Old Town so your walk through the historic zone begins the moment you arrive. They’ve done a lot of work in rebuilding and
reconstructing the Bern train station to make it a very modern facility – there’s lots
of shops and restaurants right in the train station, even before you set foot in the Old
Town. Switzerland is famous for its excellent trains,
and the train stations are an extension of that, sort of like a mini city. You can even take a shower in here in their
clean restrooms. It’s relatively safe, but you always have
to look out for your valuables. And just in front there is the modern canopy
for the tram station. However, you’re not going to need to ride
a tram when you’re visiting Bern. Everything is very compact in the Old Town
and you can easily see it on foot in a couple of hours. What we’re going to do is, we’ll walk right
down the main street which leads from here. This is a convenient place to tell you some
about the city, just for a couple minutes. Bern means bear, that’s the mascot of the
city, and there’s a little bear zoo at the far end of town. But really in 1405 all of the wooden buildings
burned down in a huge fire, and it was decreed that the new buildings would be made of stone. And so the whole city was rebuilt in the early
and middle 1400s up through 1500, basically, in a medieval style. And so therefore it has a very uniform and
harmonious appearance to it, with the arcades covering the sidewalks – 4 miles of covered
sidewalks. So rain or shine, or snow, it doesn’t matter. So main thing is, we’re just going to walk
around, up-and-down, you’ve got your map. We can wander, meander, we will see the famous
clock tower and get a good overview for a couple of hours, and time for shopping. The main street proceeds directly from the
front of the train station right through the historic center. It’s one street about ten blocks long, but
it changes name several times. By the station and it’s the Spitalgasse, then
it becomes the Marktgasse, then the Kramgasse, then the Gerechtigkeitsgasse. Today, it’s the main street of Bern, as it
has been for centuries. This road is remarkable, not only for the
ancient buildings and arcades that cover both sides, but for the spectacular Renaissance
fountains down the middle. Today it’s a popular shopping street with
surprisingly modern shop interiors, and there’s a slight curve with a long line of Baroque
façades that combine to produce one of Bern’s most impressive streetscapes. This Kramgasse and its buildings are part
of the UNESCO World Heritage site that encompasses the entire old city of Bern – a very impressive
honor that UNESCO has designated all of the historic area as a World Heritage Site. This main street is about 330 meters long
and lies at the very center of the old city. It’s accessible by foot, bicycle or tram or
bus that run through it. Both sides of the Kramgasse are covered with
those stone arcades, they call Lauben, protecting pedestrians from the weather. The arcades and sidewalk are private property
and yet always open to the public and so they must be maintained by the property owners
rather than the government. The human scale of this area makes it more
of a piazza than a roadway. The famous clock tower, and the arch at the
end of the market street, is the oldest building in town with an astronomical clock that still
works after five hundred years. Try and be at the clock four minutes before
the hour to catch that whimsical parade of mechanical bears, armored knights, jester,
lion and father time celebrating the moment. There are two clocks on the tower. One is a standard timepiece and the other
is an astronomical clock built in the form of an astrolabe. It represents the planets orbiting the sun. When the tower was built in 1218 it was part
of the fortified gate of the medieval wall in the western portion running around Bern. As the city expanded in size, two other walls
were built further out from the center, and this tower no longer was so important as a
front line defense of the city. Einstein lived on this main street for eight
years while developing the General Theory of Relativity, and his house is now open as
a museum. Three fountains decorate the street. The fountain in the center is the Simsonbrunnen
built in 1527 and decorated with a figure of Sampson taming the lion. The Zahringerbrunnen fountain at the western
end of the street is Bern’s first figure-topped fountain depicting an armored bear, Bern’s
heraldic beast. At the eastern crossroads the Kreuzgassebrunnen
was the model for all of the other obelisk fountains of Bern, built in 1778. The Kramgasse is one of Bern’s more upmarket
shopping streets. Among others, it features antiquaries, drugstores,
bakeries, banks, jewelry shops, bookstores, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, furniture
stores, opticians stores, watch shops and wine cellars. Over the centuries the street was slowly gentrified. In 2005 this street was thoroughly renovated,
and its cobblestone pavement replaced, but it still looks very old. The word Bern means bear, and this animal
is the symbol and token of the city. At the end of town across the river they have
their famous bear pits. In recent years the government has greatly
expanded this bear habitat to make it really a pleasant place for the bears to live. Previously it was not so nice, it was really
just a bear pit, a hole in the ground lined with cement and a couple of bears living there,
almost a cruel place to keep the bears. But now it’s become a vast outdoor zoo and
the bears seem to be enjoying it – they’re having a great time. They created this landscaping that comes down
the side of the hill right down to the river, and created several plunge pools for the bears
to go swimming, and walkways so that the public can see the bears and the bears can see the
people. It’s all very well planned and of course it’s
all very safe. They’re not going to jump out at you but you
do get a chance to get very close to them. We happened to be here on an amazing day in
which two young bear brothers had been reunited after being apart for nearly a year. For whatever reasons they had been separated
off to different cities and now they were brought back together again, these two siblings,
about one-year-old, frisky and having fun and remembering each other, and so happy to
see each other, they had a great time tussling around wrestling and playing, getting reunited. Wonderful to see how the powerful muscles
and teeth of these beasts can be used for such gentle fun. Bears have been kept on display in the city
for 500 years, most of that time in that small hole in the ground. In the 1990s they made some effort to renovate
the enclosures, but it wasn’t sufficient – so this beautiful park was opened in 2009 on
the steeply sloping land that comes down to the river. It really gives the bears an outdoor environment
they can enjoy. It also gives the visitor good reason to walk
through the entire old town of Bern, because the bears are located outside the old town
across the river beyond the end of the main road, easily reached in a few minute’s walk
across the bridge. It’s only about 1 km from one end of the old
town to the other, so the bears are easily reached. And then when you’re done, head back into
the Old Town along a slightly different route, heading for the great cathedral. Walking along Junkerngasse with more of these
delightful arcades forming a cozy environment. Junkerngasse means Nobility Lane, and according
to Wikipedia, it’s the old city’s best-preserved street. It was home to some of the city’s leading
families and still has some palatial mansions along it. This building, the Erlacherhof, is the seat
of government for the city of Bern and dates back to the mid-1700s. It was originally the most significant private
palace in the old town. Some of these building state back to the 1400s,
others are from the Renaissance and the later Baroque period. Another important building is the Gothic cathedral
with the nation’s highest church tower at 328 feet, which you may climb for a bird’s
eye view of the historic center. Construction of the cathedral began in 1421
in the Gothic style. It is a three-nave basilica without a transept
or aisles, 85 m long and 34 m wide – it is quite huge. The walls outside are supported by flying
buttresses and the majority of the building is constructed with local sandstone, and bricks
were used for the ceiling for the vaults. Called the Minster, or they say Munster, it
was built by the city of Bern as a symbol of the growing power of the city-state. The interior was designed to awe the citizens
as well as any foreign visitors who came by. There are several other lovely side streets
that you should explore. We walked over to the Rathaus, which has a
very impressive Rathausgasse and walked along the Rathausgasse for a block, another well
preserved neighborhood. Another big church of St. Peter and Paul. Immersed in these buildings that have really
not changed a lot in the last centuries. The historic center of Bern is surrounded
by a sharp curve in the Aare River, enclosing the space and encouraging growth in a compact
arrangement of shops and homes that fit perfectly together. Then we took a little detour on Brunnengasse. This too was a charming little street, very
quiet, hardly any cars, and nice shops, a few restaurants and bars along the way, Chinese
take-out, the old historic buildings and a lovely curvature to the lines of Brunnengasse,
and that reconnects once again with the Rathausgasse. We can learn a lot about how to build our
modern cities by studying these organic growth patterns that have evolved over the past nine
hundred years. Next you’ll come across Kornhausplatz which
is a large plaza that was first built about 600 years ago and it’s always been one of
the main plazas of the city, a very large space. It is called Kornhausplatz after the German
word for grain, or corn, because a granary was built here in the 1700s and the plaza
became a grain market. In the basement, the Kornhauskeller restaurant
offers, delightful ambience and excellent food specializing in Swiss and Mediterranean
cuisine. Continuing along Zeughaugasse, another busy
commercial street with some modern stores, looks like a department store, some restaurants,
there’s a hotel, three hotels along Zeughaugasse as we are making our way back towards the
train station. We’ve been so busy sightseeing we didn’t take
any time to sit down and have lunch, so now we are hungry – no we are starving – and
there’s this great restaurant called Tibbits. It’s part of a small chain of restaurants
in Switzerland and they’ve got a few branches in London and elsewhere, that’s all vegetarian
and they’ve got this fabulous buffet. They call it the boat and it’s loaded with
all sorts of great salads and beans and tempeh and tofu that will tempt you, and juices,
and the price is quite reasonable – high-quality freshly-cooked food. So this is where we had a great meal, sit
down, relax, unwind, absorb the sights of Bern before departing and heading back to
Interlaken. It could not be more convenient because Tibbits
is located in the train station, which is right on the edge of the old town. So, very easy for us to get to the train. We have a few minutes before catching the
train to learn a little bit more about Bern. See all of these trams. They go throughout the city – there is a
big network, but it’s not the big a city. The population is only 140,000. So it is the fourth-largest city in Switzerland
behind Geneva, behind Basel, behind Zürich. Of course, it’s the national capital. They have a parliament. But Switzerland is a decentralized power. Each of the states, they call them cantons,
has quite a bit of autonomy. And the parliament has less power than the
states do. And they don’t have a president, as such. It’s like the speaker of the parliament and
selected and they take turns. It’s not like a big presidential, big leadership
thing, strong man politics. They don’t have that here. It’s more consensus politics, not only the
state level, but at the village level. Switzerland has like the old New England town
meetings, and so each village has quite a bit of authority. That’s one reason why they never joined the
EU. The villages in the valleys are pretty conservative,
and they’ve managed to veto any joining of the EU. The businessmen all want to be in the EU,
the yuppies, the professionals – they wish they were in the EU, but they can’t get there
because of this decentralized power structure. Anyway, it’s been a great city for these five
hundred, six hundred years now. Well, okay, it’s time to enter the station
and find our train. The train station is quite large but it’s
well laid out. It’s got the escalators and signage to get
you around – get down to your platform on schedule and wait for the train – very frequent
train service between Bern and Interlaken. It’s about three, four trains and hour, so
it’s a quick trip, 50 minutes by train back to our home base at Interlaken. It’s going to be another scenic journey on
Swiss Rail. Heading back to Interlaken, we will show a
little bit more of that town, coming right up. It’s our home base for visiting this part
of Switzerland, and it makes a very effective place to stay. Not only near the mountains and valleys and
those scenic natural vistas but also as you’ve just seen close to Bern, a lovely city to
visit. Take a look on the map at the train route
from Bern back to Interlaken, an easy 50-minute train ride, and notice at the midpoint there’s
another city called Thun and this is a great place to get off the train and take a walk
around because it is another beautiful historic Swiss city. The map shows an easy route you can do in
a one-hour stroll. From the train station to the Old Town is
just a few blocks. It’ll take you through the more modern shopping
part of town and there to you have a view of the Aare river that passes through the
center with water so clean, yes you can swim in it. Then walk along arcade-covered sidewalks,
quite nice. Part of the city is on an island in the middle
of the Aare River, which makes for lovely waterfronts with these outdoor restaurants,
with a view of that covered wooden bridge so typical of Switzerland. Beyond the island on the north side of the
river, you’ll come to the main part of the Old Town where the charm really kicks in,
walking along this cobblestone road for pedestrians, and then it becomes split-level road. This is the main street called Obere Hauptgasse,
and it is quite unique because it has two levels. You can walk along the upper level which is
on the roof of the ground-floor shops, or you can walk along in the street down below. You’ll probably see a few soldiers as you
walk around because Thun has always been a military center going all the way back to
the Middle Ages and still today, there’s a training base nearby. Continuing along on the main street for a
few blocks, you’ll notice quite a few restaurants here as well as bars and cafés, a variety
of shops. You will soon reach the main square of town
the Rathausplatz, the city hall square. With a fountain in the middle, it’s surrounded
by the town hall and various guildhalls, former hospital now police station. In the summer time they’ve got outdoor concerts
and other events, and street markets Wednesday and Saturday nearby on Balliz. Although the Old Town is rather small, just
about 10 blocks long, you’ll find plenty of spaces to go wandering through – especially
with the river running through the middle, it creates a delightful, watery landscape. There are various lanes along the waterfront,
there are bridges across it. You could easily spend half a day here walking
around, doing a little shopping, and sit at an outdoor table with a view of the river. And then there’s the hillside and perhaps
the greatest treasure of town, the castle up on the hill, which dates back to the 12th
century. There is a historic museum inside so you could
go in and take a look. The town has a distinguished history and played
a significant role as gateway to the Bernese Oberland up until a century ago when Interlaken
was created by the railroads. Before that time Thun was the main city of
this lake region with the Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and Interlaken in-between, and the
mountains beyond, with the Jungfrau and the Bernese Oberland. When done catch one of those frequent trains
back to Interlaken. These trains are famous for their comfort,
reliability, you’ve got a restaurant or a snack car on board usually and nice scenery
out the window. Alternatively, you could take a boat or a
bus back to Interlaken, but the train is the quickest and easiest way to get there. The train route is along the scenic southern
shore of Lake Thun, one of two lakes surrounding Interlaken, passing through some villages
in the city of Spietz on its way. It’s just about 1/2 an hour ride from Thun
to Interlaken with 37 trains running every day. We’re getting off the train at Interlaken’s
East train station which is right in town. It’s about a mile walk from one end of town
to the other, and that’s where we are going to take you, show the restaurants, the park,
a couple of hotels and downtown. Right across the street from the train station
is the Coop. it’s a huge food store, and you’ll see it’s a supermarket, it’s a cafe, it’s
a restaurant, it’s a bars, indoors and outdoors, and it’s really a wonderful place to stock
up on reasonably-priced foods. If you do not want to go to an expensive restaurant
you can get by here very nicely. Interlaken is proud of the large green park
they have right in the middle of town along the main street, the Hoheweg, and you have
a great view of the mountains beyond. There’s fountains, benches, playground areas. Most of all, it’s a place to stroll and relax,
just take it easy and get away from the city for a while. There is also a pedestrian path along the
river that’s quite nice, but it’s a little further away in a bit hard to find. This park is right in front of you in the
middle of town. The lush green meadow called the Hohematte
is a peaceful spot and yet you’re going to find some joggers and skateboarders, paraglider’s
coming down. For those interested in longer, nature walks,
you can stroll along the shores of the two lakes, Lake Thun or Lake Brienz. You could walk out one way and then take a
bus or a boat back into town. Right across the street is very nice row of
restaurants – there’s outdoor bars, casual standout places you can relax with friends,
sit down for a meal. The prices here are reasonable or if you’d
like something more extravagant and extremely wonderful, consider the Victoria Jungfrau
Grand Hotel and Spa. This is the grande dame of Interlaken in one
of the top hotels in Switzerland. Of course you don’t have to spend the night
at this wonderful hotel to enjoy the facilities. Come on in, go to the bar maybe, have a drink,
have a meal or just take a stroll through their wonderful lobby. This five-star deluxe hotel has a history
going back 150 years when it first opened in 1856 as a pensione. The main structure we see now that’s designed
in the Belle Epoch style opened in 1899. You can even play tennis indoors. Of course there are many other hotel choices
as we’ve shown you. Trip Advisor lists 40 hotels and you could
probably find another 40 if you looked around, along with those smaller bed-and-breakfasts. Then if you want to have a little fun throwing
some money around, go on into the casino. Typical of most swiss cities, they have a
casino. It’s not like a big Las Vegas casino by any
means. They are smaller and more casual, mostly the
electronic slot machine types, but they’ve also got some table games. And then there’s the town itself. The little downtown of Interlaken is only
about 6 blocks by 6 blocks so it’s really quite easy to walk through and see most of
it in a short time. Maybe one or two evenings is all you’ll need
to have a look because, remember, you’re going to ask be busy up in the mountains and
visiting all of those sights outside the city. But when you come back to town it’s good to
know that there is a nice little downtown area as you see here. It’s a more modern city than many Swiss towns. It grew up with the railroads. It doesn’t have a great long historic ancestry
behind it. The architecture is normal rather than traditional
for the most part, but it’s a very functional and pleasant place – half a dozen Thai restaurants,
Italian, Indian, Chinese, French, you name it, and Swiss. You’ll find that it’s got nice urban buzz,
a sense of vitality about it with all of the shops and restaurants packed in closely together,
easy walking on the sidewalks. It’s a fun place to hang around. Alternatively, you might find a smaller hotel
up in Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen and some of the other nearby towns we’re showing
you in our other series on Switzerland, but Interlaken is right in the center, easy to
get to from other parts of the country and easy to get out of there once you’re done,
with the big supply of hotels. For example, Hotel Du Nord, another place
that we stayed in our visits in Interlaken, conveniently located between the East station
and the Hohematta. And of course they serve a lovely breakfast,
for our final meal in our visit to interlaken. Be sure to watch our other movies about Interlaken,
where we take you up into the mountains. But as you’ve seen in today’s program Interlaken
offers more than just a place to sleep and eat. There are those surrounding towns and the
fine city itself. We have a big series of movies about Switzerland
taking you to most of the great places. We will bring you to Lucerne and up to Mount
Titlis, Mount Rigi, over to Interlaken, up to the Jungfrau. We will see the Shilthorn, Lauterbrunnen Valley,
Trummelbach Falls, Grindelwald, Bern, then on to Zermatt, the Matterhorn, yes we will
have a look at the Gornergrat, up the Sunnegga, do some hiking, show you the village then
on down to Lugano and Locarno in the southern part of Switzerland, the Ticino we also take
you to the great city of Zürich. Look for them in our Swiss collection.

84 thoughts on “Interlaken, Bern, Thun, Switzerland

  1. Bern looks well worth a visit with Bear pit, giant clock and architecture. This is as good as your recent Bergen video.

  2. Wow. Lauderbruin (sp?) looks amazing. These videos must take forever to write and put together. Well done. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Dennis awesome and informative video. Just wondering did you guys buy the Swiss Pass? If so do you recommend it? Thanks

  4. Hi Dennis, Your videos have life in them
    I saw almost all your uploaded videos specially the Switzerland series. Thanks for the amazing videos.
    I want to know few things:
    1. Which camera you have used to capture all of these videos?
    2. Which video editing apps you have?
    3. From where did you get the amazing music?
    4. Videography is your full time job?

  5. Replying to Kutub, below…I have used many cameras over the years, but recent HD work has been a series of 3 SONY cameras, with FX7, then FS100 and now the amazing 4K FS5. (in the 80s I shot Hi8 and DV in the 90s, many different cameras) I edit with Premiere Pro (previously Final Cut 7); music comes from a variety of legal sources, and I found some old public domain Swiss music at Yes, videography has been my main activity, more of a passion than a job, for the past 25 years, spending more time on it than on anything else!! I have also been organizing the tours, 65 trips to Europe, bringing about 1,400 people from Hawaii with me, starting in 1987. This year, no trips, just editing, trying to catch up on a huge backlog of material, and maybe write a couple more guidebooks. So far 2017 has been all Switzerland, and I'm nearly done editing that big project, then UK and Netherlands movies coming next.

  6. Dennis thanks for sharing your travel experience. We are having a 11 day trip to Switzerland late June, what type of clothing will you suggest?

  7. I am pretty impressed how much Mr. Callan knows about Switzerland and it's history particulary about Bern. Greetings from a swiss

  8. What a great video that really brings back memories.My uncle usually took a trip every year but in 1983 he had a heart attack and was getting better in hospital when he asked me,since i had just gotten married,if i wanted to go on the trip which was already paid for.The trip was to Interlaken for one week staying at the "Victoria Jungfrau" Hotel.A trip i'll never,ever forget,great people,great view,great atmosphere and although the "old girl" is long gone i'll never forget INTERLAKEN..:):)

  9. Been to Switzerland many times and the Bernese Oberland is my favourite canton. God's playground, will be returning back next month. Thank you for the video 🙂

  10. WoW, What a Spectacular Video.
    35 Minutes of peace and quiet.
    Enjoyed each frame of your well shot video thoroughly.
    You truly are an internet angel softening our life's blow. These videos best enjoyed with a tall mug of tooth breaking chilled beer.

  11. Great video. I worked in the Bellevue Garden hotel and the Krebs hotel in Interlaken in the early seventies. Switzerland looks as though it's changed a lot, far more cosmopolitan in the touristic field. The Swiss worked very hard and you as a foreign worker , even harder. The money was very good. A great education.

  12. Hi. Great videos, but I would highly recommend you to use and respect the original german pronouncing of the town names like Bern instead of Burn.

  13. At 4.45 you can see the Indian flag!! I love your videos Dennis. Beautiful explanations with good camera.Keep up your good work!

  14. ۸۰ میلیون ایرانی اصل اماده دفاع از وطن در برابر دشمن درمانده هستند گوز به مقامات و رسانه امریکایی

  15. Thank you from the heart, Dennis. Your travelogues get better and better – a blessing for those who cannot afford travel. I'm so glad that you enjoy your job and do it so well! These videos should be preserved for posterity and I assume you enjoy a good income from your efforts- now and forever.

  16. Dennis maybe you could have a chance to explore somewhere are no much popular tourist in Switzerland I mean Neuchatel or Le Locle or La Chaud-de-Fonds.

  17. I am planning to visit Switzerland in June this year and found your videos very informative and helpful, thanks for sharing, I am more confident now to do it on free and easy style instead taking a tour.

  18. Their political system is what I think the founding fathers of America had envisioned. You can't help but notice how immaculately clean it is there. I think it is a mark of excellence.

  19. I'm Swiss and to hear that Tibits is supposed to have reasonable prices really confused me. It has delicious food but it's also quite expensive (even for a Swiss). Especially since tourist already pay quite a lot In Switzerland I wouldn't choose it. The restaurant is also more a treat for us Swiss.
    I recomand to go to any other restaurant along the main road and you'll most certainly get a better price. Also most of the restaurants have a good selection of vegetarian food so there really is no need to go to that Restaurant.

  20. Nobody who has actually been to Interlaken would describe it as 'one of the great destinations of Switzerland'.

  21. One thing Switzerland is famous for as well as watches & cheese, is the saga of William Tell, crossbowman & freedom fighter. I wonder if Dennis has made any historical trips along the Trail of Tell, showing the places where he lived & fought. I'd like to take a look if so..

  22. Estuve con mi hija alli Subimos al Museo de Hielo Bellisisimo en el mes de junio Veo que siempre hay muchos japoneses igual el dia que estuvimos nosotros cln mi yerno tambien es la Parte de La Suiza Alemana Imperdible

  23. So wonderful land, many places apprìcíated, dream to vìsit there.
    I have visited Switzerland, just
    only the city nereby german border.
    Thanks for your good vedio.

  24. Was können Die Flüchtlingskinder in Bewusstsein…..Um Strategien brauchen oder Lernen……..Jeder an Gymnasium haben Recht….?
    Die Strada zum sehen…..Setzen Sie sich auf Autobahn jägen……Wieviele Kinder auf der Motorrad Unfällen & Rollstühle hängend…….?

  25. Landstraßen setzen Sie Kleiner Steiner…..Damit die Jugends Umfallen……Wo kann man sich auf der Geschwindigkeit mit Ihnen Konkurrenzieren…….?

  26. Haben Sie ein Gittarre….Nehmen ein Kirche Trepoe zum Singen besser……? Tut es nicht bei Bahnhöfe….Zum ein paar Münzen…Essen & Trinken

  27. Für jedes Ecke …..Setzen Sie Uhrwerk für mich hinein…….Ob Sie mich es Verstehen nach Wissenschaftler….Oder mache eine Neues….?

  28. Irgenswo verstecken…..Kommt ich vorbei dann möchten Sie es Teilen…..Kommischweise…..Logisch oder Unlogisch Denkungen…..?
    Was heisst Teilen…..Danach die Geschäfte werden kaputt……Sagt erwartet auf mich…….Langweiligen solcher erwarten…….?

  29. Ein Papier von Bundeshaus nicht in meinem Hände…….Höchstens Interressant der EZH in Zürich…….Experimentieren & Nicht Verantwortlich

  30. Wie Sie sich Politikern Architektur Literaturen Wissenschaftler Geschichten an Flüchtlingskinder………? Vielen Dank Opas + Omas Russland

  31. Weg läufen ist es Lösungen…..Mahnungen & Zahlungsbefehl sind Lösungen für Flüchtlingskinder ganzen Weltweite……..

  32. Morgen Früh…..Wie schönes EZH……Neues Gebäude……Unterwegs schockierte Sie…..Macht es keine Sorgen….Bin am Leben…..

  33. Great video on Bern, I had seen many views on Interlaken but Bern I did not know & this has given me a reason to include Bern in my Itinerary. Thanks & GOD Bless you

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