Highlights – “Christmas. Nothing beats Bern.”
Due to the current situation, the bars and restaurants close at 7:00 p.m. and only a maximum of four people may sit together at a table.
Christmas Market on Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square)
The Bernese Christmas market with over 30 years of tradition. On the Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square), 50 festively decorated stands offer a wide range of souvenirs, Christmas presents and products for everyday use. The stands are lovingly decorated and the scents of gingerbread, caramel and mulled wine hang in the air.
Chalet magic in the heart of the city: the rustic chalet on Kornhausplatz (Granary Square) serves a large selection of winter specialities. Flammkuchen, fondue and raclette are served and of course, homemade mulled wine is a must. Note: all ingredients used in Chalet Alpenland come from producers in the city or region of Bern.
Even though the concept has been adapted for this special year, Øscår Elch remains colourful, creative and cheerful. There is a varied cultural programme in winter. Gourmets can look forward to the unique homemade Hot Mules, Raclette from Jumi or the soul-warming Swedish mulled wine “Glögg”.
Bern Minster Christmas Market
Enjoy the Christmas spirit far from the hustle and bustle: The Christmas market on Münsterplatz (Minster Square) offers a cozy, charming atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Local artisans sell their unique handicrafts at the foot of Bern Minster, the cathedral with the highest tower in Switzerland. Discover lovingly created arts and crafts, unique jewellery and much more.
Artisan market Münsterplattform (Minster terrace)
Over two weekends in the Advent season, the Christmas edition of the traditional craftsman's market on the Münsterplattform (Minster terrace) invites you to wander around and marvel at the sights. Artists from Bern and the surrounding areas will be presenting their exclusive, hand-crafted products. Here, passion and love for craftmanship are plain to see.
Mulled Wine Walk
Looking for inspiration for an indulging afternoon activity with friends? How about the Mulled Wine Walk through the federal city, which combines physical activity and outdoor fun? Go on a relaxed stroll through Bern’s alleys and discover the city’s most beautiful spots. The Mulled Wine Walk is not only COVID-friendly, but also tastebud-friendly: you will have the opportunity of tasting various delicious mulled wine creations along the way.