Bern’s Queens – Busy Bees and Liquid Gold

A rooftop apiary in the middle of the city: Learn all about the life and work of Bern’s city bees on the Sky Terrace at Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa.

  • Information and Prices
    Tour dates upon request & depending on availability
    Number of participants max. 7 people
    Length of tour approx. 90 min
    Price CHF 450.00
    Languages German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
    Comments Tours cannot be held in the event of rain. An alternative date will be offered or a refund provided on request.

    Sturdy footwear is required for safety reasons. The tour is not handicapped accessible.


What role does a queen bee play within the hive? And how is nectar transformed into sweet honey? Hotel beekeeper Jo takes you on an extraordinary tour of his humming protégés on the rooftop terrace of the five-star hotel. In addition to a spectacular view of the capital, you will find three industrious bee colonies and their queens awaiting you.

With everyone safely dressed in protective suits, Jo will give you exciting insights into his daily work. With the passion of a true apiarist, he explains all the details of a bee’s life, how they work and what has to happen in order to make honey flow from the wooden boxes.

After the tour, there are some tasty honey products to enjoy. Make a toast with the "Ruby Squeeze Honey Cocktail" and try delicious appetizers – all prepared creatively with honey, of course. By the way: Participants who have very well-developed taste buds may also be able to determine which honey was produced in which month. Honey tastes completely different depending on which plants are in bloom when the nectar is harvested.

  • Fact

    Did you know that the Schweizerhof Bern & Spa was one of the first hotels in Switzerland to begin keeping its own bees? With its three buzzing hives, the hotel produces all of the liquid gold it needs. Whether it’s the honey on the breakfast buffet, given away as a hotel souvenir or used in massages, it all comes directly from the rooftop.

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