Bern by nose

What are the real smells of Bern? This olfactory tour literally allows visitors’ noses to guide them through the city’s streets and alleys. Anyone taking this tour finds themselves immersed in the world of smells, and experiences Switzerland’s capital from a very different standpoint.

What does the smell of the wooden staircase in the Matte district remind you of? What smell greets you as you descend the steps into a vaulted cellar? What were Napoleon’s favorite smells? From sandstone to licorice and the aroma of cocoa – Bern has many unmistakable smells, scents and aromas. The background of Bern’s turbulent history provides a very special mixture for all those taking this “aroma tour”.

This walking tour of the city becomes a voyage of discovery for the senses. The reason is that Bern’s sights are surrounded by characteristic nuances of smell so that the sights are waiting to be discovered not just be the eyes and ears, but by the nose in particular. And typical smells created specially for the tour allow the history of the nation’s capital to come to life. The past, with all its associated emotions and memories, can suddenly be experienced through your nose.

Everyone using his or her senses to the full during this tour will learn all kinds of interesting facts about Bern. Anecdotes about Napoleon’s entry into Bern and his “Grande Armée”, the history of soap and the importance of incense in church are just a few of the subjects you will hear about during the tour.

The guided tour of the city ends with a visit to the “Art of Scent” perfume workshop. Bern’s parfumière Brigitte Witschi assists visitors in the creation of their own personal perfume. Visitors use pipettes, mixing glasses and precious essential oils at the end of the day to blend a very unusual and personal souvenir to take home. On request, the tour can also be taken without the visit to the perfume workshop.

  • Private Tours
    Availability Year-round
    Meeting point “art of scent”, 49 Rathausgasse
    Duration 2.5 hours (including perfume-making) / 90 minutes (without perfume-making)
    Price CHF 600.00 (including perfume-making) / CHF 300.00 (without perfume-making)
    Languages German, French, English
    Number of participants No more than 8 people per group (including perfume-making)** / no more than 20 people per group (without perfume-making)*

    *Tours without perfume making can be booked online.

    ** Tours that include perfume making are not possible to book until further notice. 

    Reservations for tours including perfume-making can only be made via telephone at +41 31 328 12 12 or via e-mail:

  • City Tours Bern

    Bahnhofplatz 10a
    3011 Bern

    T +41 31 328 12 12


You might also like