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Address: Wasserwerkgasse, Bern, Switzerland
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Strange part of town, way down on the river, like being in another world

Two or three hundred years ago, the artisans used to live here; but worked up in the City on the hill. They lived in another World here; small doors, low ceilings, little windows... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
Geoffrey D
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Bern, Switzerland

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Bern, Switzerland
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Two or three hundred years ago, the artisans used to live here; but worked up in the City on the hill. They lived in another World here; small doors, low ceilings, little windows and very old houses; and a River that sometimes bursts its banks. It is a remarkably quiet and peaceful place to walk through. True, it is a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

you will feel the life of old times by walking under the bridge at this well kept part of Bern with the old ferry quay. I used to live there 40 years ago and the atmosphere is still the same. and it's not so crowded by tourists like the main roads.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

old smelly and dark corners filled with....who knows what. i would advise you to stay away from this area of bern.

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Interlaken, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

It's also fascinating to realise how close the river Aare is, that even nowadays floodings are catching up with this particularly part of town and still people love to live there and enjoy being so close to both the river Aare as well as the city centre

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Bern
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Charming and very old part of the city. Matte is set below the level of the central medieval city of Bern, and was isolated enough to have its own dialect. Charming shops on winding streets along the river, under the great wall of the city. A glass elevator takes you up to the Münsterplatz and its Cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I work about 2min form this place. Located close to the Bärengraben, down where the Aare river flows. From the 15th to the middle of the 20th century the "Matte" was a typical lower class neighbourhood, filled with tanners and brothels. They spoke their own lingo, the so called "Matteenglisch". The population today is around 1100 and the lower class... More 

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