Important discussions are said to be held in saunas, significant decisions are rumoured to be made in 80° Celsius. Up until this winter, the sauna-situation in Bern didn’t really measure up with the status of Bern as the political centre of Switzerland.
However, since the beginning of November, parliamentarians, would-be politicians and people like me who just like relaxing the Finnish way can now enjoy cozy sauna yurts in the Lorrainebad, right next to the river Aare, only 10 minutes from the main station.
The friendly hosts will take their time to explain a procedure to you that has been proven to relieve symptoms of the common cold for centuries. You may enjoy yourself in your birthday suit or show off the latest swimsuit fashion, just don’t forget to bring a towel.
At this time of the year, the Aare is bloody cold, but I definitely recommend a short dip in the clear river before you relax on one of the divan beds in the chill-out yurt where I use to observe the birds through the roof-light and where complimentary tea is served.
A truly heartwarming experience!