January 6, 2015

Bern, Switzerland

Photograph by Peter Klaunzer, EPA

"This is the most beautiful place we have ever seen," wrote German playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter during a stay in Bern. Encircled by the Aare River and surrounded by wooded hills, Bern feels more like a village than a capital—though it has been the Swiss seat of government since 1848.

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