Bern is full of quirky details and secret stories. One that is never missing on any guided tour: The Haunted House.
The house that was built in 1450 is said to be uninhabited since 1895. That is: uninhabited by living humans. The urban legend says that people refused to live there because of lost souls doing their mischief. For example, there is a story about two students who didn’t believe in paranormal activity and had a sleep-in. Apparently, they were nerve-wrecked the next morning, and their hair had turned white. It is also said that a woman dressed all in black strolls through the house after midnight. Others told about having seen jack-o’-lanterns, and yet another tale is about a headless lady who appears at the window exactly at midnight.
If you dare, find out for yourself if Junkerngasse 54 spooks you. If it doesn’t, I suggest having a quick look at the Erlacherhof on the opposite side of the street at number 47. It was once the residence of the Napoleonean troops before it became the first seat of the swiss Federal Government in 1848. Nowadays it’s the residence of the city mayor.
Pro tip: There are some other funny-freaky details to find on buildings on this street. Do you find the Donald-Trump-lookalike at number 51? Or the man beating a child at Number 22?