It’s not often that standing outside on a cold, dark, drizzly, autumn night for half an hour can lift your spirits.
But if you take the time to watch Bern’s Rendez-vous Bundesplatz, a light and sound show on the parliament square (projected with absolute precision on the building itself), in person or online, you will be wowed.
This is a high-def, full-length video of the show for anyone who can’t go in person. Or, like me, just wants to watch it again.
It’s about 25 minutes long and I know it’s asking a lot to say “watch this” but seriously, watch this! If you really are pressed for time, click through just for a sampling of the show’s intricate detail. The last couple of minutes will set your knees to bouncing.
The production, in its third year, runs for six weeks from mid-October through Dec. 1 (except for Nov. 24-25 when the city puts on its annual and raucus Onion Market).
I didn’t understand the story line, something about a princess, but you don’t have to understand Swiss German to enjoy the creativity in this spectacle.
Here’s a breakdown from the city’s tourism web site:
“Starlight Events GmbH – the initiator and organizer of this cultural event – invites spectators on a fictional journey through Swiss myths and legends, all bundled into an entertaining story: The imaginary King of Switzerland – the nation – wants his daughter Helvetia to marry the country’s best crossbowman, William Tell. But his daughter is in love with a humble watchmaker, and so the story continues… Swiss and Bernese folk heroes are featured in over a dozen different scenes throughout the show, and the front of the Parliament Building is visually transformed into all types of palaces – in the greatest of detail. We won’t reveal more about the story and its ending here, other than to mention that the show also features a legendary Bernese troubadour – one who died far too young…”
Hope you like it!