The Bernese love laid-back, hour-long shopping trips - and will do so in any weather. Thanks to the 6 km / 4 miles weather-protected stretch of shopping promenade, you can comfortably shop in any weather. The "Lauben", as the Bernese call their arcades, are admirably suited for a jaunty stroll among the historic city scenery.
The history of this arcade passage reaches back to the earliest city development (1191), and even then served to accommodate market stalls and businesses. Traders could thus trade and earn their living in any weather.
The Kramgasse forms the centerpiece of the Bern Old Town. This alley was once Bern's busiest trade route for marketers and shopkeepers who loudly advertised and sold their goods here, and swapped the latest news.
Bern has everything you are looking for – be it stylish boutiques, exquisite local specialist, traditional markets, simple second-hand shops or shopping malls of any size.
The shops in the city of Bern are open six days a week.
Monday to Friday 09h00 - 19h00 (some until 20h00)
Thursday (Evening Sale) 09h00 - 21h00
Saturday 09h00 - 17h00
Closed Sundays except at the main station