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Festivals & Events

Home to some of Switzerland’s greatest museums and galleries, Bern is considered a true citadel of culture. The combination of internationally renowned art and unique architecture makes for a memorable visit! Bern is an absolute MUST for culture aficionados.

UNESCO World Heritage Days

Switzerland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Day will take place on Saturday 10th June 2017.
On this day, all 11 of Switzerland’s World Heritage Sites will be offering a special program and presenting themselves to a Swiss and international audience in a very special way.

Artificial ice rink

In the winter, Parliament Square (Bundesplatz) becomes a playground for ice skaters.

21th December 2016 till 19th February 2017

Carnival in Bern

The Bernese will don fancy dress and party through the streets.

March 2 - 4, 2017

Museum Night

When the grey facades of cultural institutions are magically illuminated.

Friday, March 17, 2017


The popular Bern spring exhibition and largest trade fair in Switzerland, BEA, and the national horse exhibition PFERD.

April 28 - May 7, 2017

Moments of Music

Kursaal Bern
May 4 - 6, 2017

Bern Grand-Prix

Switzerland's largest running event.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

International Jazz Festival

The Swiss capital will offer you jazz music at its best.

March 11 - May 20, 2017

Swiss Women's Run

The Swiss Women's Run (Frauenlauf) – an event for the whole family.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


In summer 2017 more than 100 unique St. Bernard sculptures «BernARTiner» will decorate the Swiss capital of Bern.

1 July - 30 September 2017


The legendary Gurtenfestival on Bern's local mountain.

July 12 to 15, 2017

Buskers Bern Street Music Festival

Old Town
August 10-12, 2017

September 29 - October 1, 2017

shnit International Shortfilmfestival

For great film moments in a premium venue. Best of short films in Bern.

October 18-22, 2017

Rendez-vous Bundesplatz

Sound and Light Show on the facade of the Parliament Building.

October 20 - December 3, 2016

Onion Market

A traditional folk festival on the fourth Monday in November.

Monday, November 27th 2017

Bern Christmas Markets

Christmas Market on Bear's Square

Münster- und Waisenhausplatz
01 to 24 December 2017

New Years Market on Waisenhausplatz
27 to 29 December 2017

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