When do Sunday sales take place?
On the first Advent day, 28 November 2021, the shops in the lower Old City will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the scope of the traditional 1st Advent event, many holiday surprises await. On 12 and 19 December 2021, shops in Bern will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
When are the markets and shops open?
If you follow the smell of caramelised almonds, gingerbread and caramel, you will discover Christmas markets and little winter wonderlands all over Bern. The opening hours of the markets vary, so make sure you take a look at the overview of markets and their opening hours.
Store Opening Hours
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday closed
There are deviations in individual cases, for example, some shops in the lower Old City do not open until 10:00 a.m. If you are looking to visit a specific shop, we recommend checking the opening hours in advance.
Roasted Chestnut Stalls
- On Bahnhofplatz (Station Square), next to the Church of the Holy Spirit
- On Bahnhofplatz (Station Square), directly on «Loebegge» (corner of the LOEB store)
- On Bärenplatz (Bear’s Square), in front of the Käfigturm (Prison Tower)
- In Neuengasse, directly by “Neuengasse” station
- In Kramgasse, in front of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower)
- At the Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square) Christmas Market
Where can I find shelter in the harsh winter weather?
Several Christmas markets have covered and partly heated areas, so there is nothing to stop you from going even when it’s raining or snowing: You will find shelter at the Christmas markets on Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square) and Münsterplatz (Minster Square), in the Chalet Alpenland on Kornhausplatz (Granary Square), at Øscår Elch in Ringgenpärkli and in the ice rink restaurant on Bundesplatz (Parliament Square). Of course, there are also countless cosy cafés and traditional vaulted cellars in Bern’s Old City where you can enjoy a hot chocolate or a warm soup.
Where can I use the restroom free of charge?
In addition to the public restrooms, there are a couple of «Nette Toilette» («friendly toilets») in Bern, accessible free of charge. These are existing facilities in restaurants and cafés and can be identified as «friendly toilets» by the red sticker at the entrance. An overview of all public and «friendly toilets» can be found under the following link.
What is the best way to travel to and from the venues?
Christmas in Bern is best experienced using public transport. Bern’s Old Town can be reached within an hour by train from Zurich, Lausanne, Basel and Lucerne. The Christmas venues in Bern’s Old Town are located just a few minutes’ walk from each other. If you have bought a lot of presents and prefer to catch your breath in between stops, you can ride comfortably from one place to the next using BernMobil. The Christmas events and activities throughout the region can all be reached with the SBB and BLS railways.
Where can I park my car?
For those not travelling by public transport, there are over 3,500 parking lots available in Bern’s car parks. The interactive parking guide allows you to find the closest parking spot and check availability in real time. You can also call the free number 0800 727 536 to learn about the current status of available parking spaces.
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