10 Springtime Walks in and Around Bern

The birds are chirping, tulips and snowdrops are sprouting – it’s time to get out and about! A walk is exactly the right way to enjoy the spring, to discover the city and region and to indulge in some “active relaxation”. We have collected our favorite walks in and around Bern for you.

  • Information
    Type Loop trail around the lake
    Duration 2 h (excluding breaks)
    Distance 4.4 km
    Difference in altitu-de about 50 m
    Opening hours The “Häxewääg” is open 24/7 from May–October
    Difficulty Very easy
    *The path is stroller and wheelchair accessible (gravel and forest track)
    Starting point / end The starting point can be chosen freely. Access point at Hotel Bad or the restaurant Gypsera
    Refreshments Several restaurants around the lake, fire pits (free firewood available)
  • Information
    Type Loop trail around the lake
    Duration 40 min
    Distance 2.3 km
    Difference in altitu-de about 25 m
    Difficulty Very easy
    *The path is stroller and wheelchair accessible (gravel and forest track)
    Starting point / end The starting point can be chosen freely. Suitable access points are “Burgäschi” or by the restaurant Seeblick.
    Refreshments Restaurant Seeblick
  • Information
    Type Up the Gurten
    Duration 50 min
    Distance 1.65 km
    Difference in altitu-de 268-m ascent
    Difficulty Medium
    Starting point / end Wabern (Gurtenbahn / Gurten funicular) – Gurten Kulm
    Refreshments Restaurant Gurtners
    Restaurant Tapis Rouge
    Gurten Pavillon
    Kulturschür Uptown
    Public fire pits (firewood not provided)
    Other walks Once you reach the top of the Gurten, there are several other walks (wheelchair and stroller accessible).
  • Information
    Type Stroll along the Aare river
    Duration 1 h 15 mins
    Distance 4.85 km
    Difference in altitu-de 75-m ascent
    55-m descent
    Difficulty Easy
    Starting point / end Bern Animal Park, BearPark – Bus stop Elfenau
    Refreshments Restaurant Altes Tramdepot
    Restaurant Schwellenmätteli
    Restaurant Dählhölzli
    Restaurant Fähribeizli
    Several fire pits along the river (firewood not provided)
  • Information
    Type Stroll to Restaurant Zehendermätteli
    Duration 45 mins (there and back)
    Distance 2.6 km
    Difference in altitu-de 84-m ascent and descent
    Difficulty Easy
    Starting point / end Bus stop Tiefenau
    Refreshments Restaurant Zehendermätteli
    Other walks There are several other paths along the peninsula and the Aare river, should you wish to prolong your walk.
  • Information
    Type Bern City Run “Grand Prix”
    Duration 1 h 40 mins
    Distance 16.093 km
    Difference in altitu-de 204 m
    Difficulty Difficult
    Starting point / end Guisanplatz (Guisan Square)
  • Information
    Type Stroll to the glass fountain
    Duration 55 mins (there and back)
    Distance 3.46 km
    Difference in altitu-de 45-m ascent and descent
    Difficulty Easy
    Starting point / end Bus stop Neufeld P+R
    Refreshments Several fire pits in Bremgarten forest (firewood not provided)
    Other walks There are several other paths in Bremgarten forest, should you wish to prolong your walk.
  • Information
    Type Scavenger hunt
    Availability Daily, starting time anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    Duration 2–2.5 hours* / 4–4.5 hours**
    Price Adults CHF 32.00* / 42.00**
    Children (age 8–16) CHF 17.00* / 23.00**
    Languages German, English, French
    Meeting point Bern main station
    Remarks For 2 to 200 participants
    Suitable for children aged 6 or over

    Event management flat rate (mandatory for groups of 19 people or more): adults CHF 12.00 (per person) / children CHF 7.00 (per person)

    * Shorttrails „Granit“, „Marmor“, „Rolling Fox“ and „Familytrail“ Bern.
    ** Longtrails „Marmorissimo“ and „Granitissimo“ in Bern.

    Sales and assistance at +41 31 328 12 12 or citytours@bern.com

     

  • Information
    Type Stroll in the park
    Starting point / end Bus stop Rosengarten (Rose Garden)
    Refreshments Restaurant Rosengarten
    Remarks The Rosengarten (Rose Garden) is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • Information
    Type Orientieering
    Availability Daily, starting time anytime
    Price Free
    Languages German / English / French / Italian
    Track 1: Forest and Animals
    Duration 50 mins
    Distance 2.8 km
    Difference in altitude 50 m
    Number of control points 9
    Starting point / end Ka-We-De Bern
    Track 2: In Duchess Feodorownas Tracks
    Duration 1 h 20 mins
    Distance 4.5 km
    Difference in altitude 80 m
    Number of control points 12
    Starting point / end Bus stop Elfenau
    Track 3: Forest, Park and Neighbourhood
    Duration 1 h
    Distance 6.6 km
    Difference in altitude 120 m
    Number of control points 14
    Starting point / end Ka-We-De Bern

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