Top 9: Bern's December Highlights
From an advent stroll to ice skating on Bundesplatz (Parliament Square), from tobogganing on the Gurten to sipping mulled wine in a rickshaw – let our Christmas ideas inspire you to experience new things in Bern this season.
#1 Bern’s Christmas Markets
Bern’s Christmas markets are among the loveliest in Switzerland. Going shopping for Christmas presents and drinking mulled wine are an unforgettable experience in the dreamy, medieval lanes of this World Heritage city! But you’ll also find fantastic markets in the region around Bern.
#3 Glühwein on three wheels
A special city tour for lovers, bon vivants, and anyone looking for an experience with a difference: Discover the wintry city of Bern from a rickshaw while enjoying a mug of Glühwein! The steaming drink, woolen blankets, and soft, fleecy seat cover will keep you toasty and warm while the driver entertains you with amusing anecdotes and fun facts about the Swiss capital.
#4 Afternoon Tea at Hotel Bellevue Palace
Enjoy a bit of luxury! Around 20,000 ornaments adorn the two Christmas trees in the five-star Hotel Bellevue Palace. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea in this special setting that combines British noblesse with a touch of Paris. You’ll feel like modern-day royalty as you sample the exquisite petits fours and friandises alongside select teas and a range of sweet and savory delicacies.
#5 One Million Stars
Bundesplatz (Parliament Square) takes on a magical light once a year to mark the “One Million Stars” solidarity campaign. On December 16, Switzerland’s most popular plaza will be illuminated by hundreds of candles. Come and experience the enchantment of this very special atmosphere!
#6 Big Apple Feeling in Bern
Just like New York – but without the jet lag! Every year, thousands of locals and visitors lace up their skates and head for the ice in front of the impressive Swiss Parliament Building. A mug of mulled wine and a hearty fondue in the ice rink restaurant are the perfect way to warm up afterwards. Admission is free and ice skates can be rented at the rink.
#8 Tobogganing on the Gurten
When the skies turn white in winter, the Bernese head for their local mountain, the Gurten. In the same spot where 80,000 music fans attend the legendary Gurten Festival in July, you’ll now find people whizzing down the slopes in the snow. Sixty sturdy Davos sledges are ready and waiting to zip down the 1,200m toboggan run.
#9 Advent stroll
Ever wondered why we have Advent wreathes? Or why people decorate their homes with a Christmas tree? The Advent stroll is the perfect city tour for all those who love Christmas: discover fascinating facts about this festive season and be captivated by the capital’s special Advent charm before ending the experience with a delicious mug of Glühwein.