Bern, the Swiss capital, gets its name from the bears that have always lived in the woods around the old town. Today, Bern’s Bear Park is a massive enclosure that houses the local bear population. The Old Town of Bern, with its well-preserved medieval townscape by the Aare River, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk down the narrow lanes, taking in the heritage buildings and a medieval tower with a large astronomical clock. Did you know that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was born in Bern? Visit the Einstein Museum for original memorabilia, written records, and films documenting the life of the genius. The Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee are worth a visit. The city’s historic shopping district is one of the longest covered promenades in Europe. Hunt for traditional wood carvings, handmade toys and local artifacts. Take a swim in the Aare River on your summertime vacation, and try the local ginger tea if visiting in the winters.