A Well-Planned Urban Park for All Ages
First opened as a public park in 1913, Bern's Rose Garden now features 223 varieties of roses, 200 varieties of irises, and 28 varieties of rhododendrons. The park, perched at the top of a hill overlooking the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety), also has a lovely casual restaurant and a fabulous European playground for children, complete with wooden play structures right out of a design museum. Given that one-third of the city is comprised of public parks and woods, it's no surprise how wonderful this spot is for wiling away a few hours.
By Julia Cosgrove, AFAR Staff
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