Everybody knows that. You're in a strange city and need to go to a café again, but you don't feel like stopping for a coffee just to use the toilet.
As a city guide, I know the problem, of course. As soon as they are ready to go, especially in winter, the first ones have to start urgently. Yes, they wouldn't have....
But in Bern all this is no problem at all: here you can find the city map "nice toilets" for all paper fans and the practical app "Bärn isch e so" for all others, which makes it easy to find toilets in the city.
The variety of the toilets is quite large and also funny! That's why I always like to draw attention to one or the other quiet place on my city tours. I was also asked if this was actually a toilet tour. Hopefully my bosses at the tourist office won't read that!
Here is a small selection:
I would like to explain the latter briefly. The city of Bern was founded in 1191 by the Zähringers according to an ingenious plan: wide streets, a stream in the middle, drinking water at the wells and, between the houses, the so-called Ehgraben for the abortions. This was a canal that passed between the houses and could be flushed from time to time even during the Gründerzeit. In other cities at that time the pottery was simply emptied into the alleyway.
You can still see that today in the coffee Monday or at the town hall.
Wherever the Ehgraben passed, the public urinals are still well distributed today. The most prominent is the cytoglog. Where else can you urinate on a UNESCO World Heritage Site? There is another interesting reason why there is a urinal there: the Gerber Tower is opposite. Originally located in the middle of the city, the tanners were soon banished to the Matte (Gerberngasse) because of the stench produced during tanning. However, the tanners made it a condition that they were allowed to collect urine from the upper town and use it for tanning.
I hope this little contribution will help next time you urgently...
Have fun discovering various places.
I discovered more this week: