Bern: a fairy tale city in winter

In the run-up to Christmas, Bern is bathed in golden light. Be spellbound by the magic of this wonderful medieval city and enjoy the festive season in the midst of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

As winter comes around, Bern’s Christmas markets are particularly popular. When festive lights catch the eye everywhere you look and the medieval houses are bedecked in powdery snow, shopping for Christmas presents is a wonderful experience. Simply follow the fragrant aroma of gingerbread, toasted almonds, and hot Glühwein to find the markets on Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square) and Münsterplatz (Minster Square). Here, local artisans offer beautiful handicrafts, culinary delicacies, and many other delightful products. But you’ll also find fantastic markets in the region around Bern. For instance, are you familiar with the Huttwil Christmas market with its 100 festively illuminated wooden huts? Discover the best Christmas markets in the city and region of Bern!

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The best Christmas markets in Bern

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Gourmet experiences

Winter is the perfect time of year for foodies. Discover culinary delights of a very special kind – from do-it-yourself fondue to raclette with a view. 

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Adventurous fun

From ice skating on Bundesplatz (Parliament Square) through a visit to an ice palace to a night in an igloo: there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Bern in winter. Have fun exploring!

Bern for sports enthusiasts

Snow-covered mountains and hilly winter landscapes are calling! From tobogganing and snowshoeing to conventional and cross-country skiing, the Bern region has plenty to offer in winter. Just a stone’s throw from the city, winter sports enthusiasts can find everything their hearts desire.

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