The Gurten, Bern’s Local Mountain

Idyllic mountain oasis, fast-paced tobogganing paradise or legendary open-air festival site – Bern’s local mountain excites both young and old. Here are some recommendations for the ultimate Gurten experience.

At 858 meters above sea level lies a paradise of green meadows and breathtaking views of the snowy caps of the Bernese Oberland region, the sparkling Aare river and the city of Bern. The hustle and bustle of everyday life is quickly forgotten when passing grazing cows, rattling hiking poles and playing children.

The “Güsche”, as locals call it, is not only a popular destination for nature-loving families and tourists who want to go hiking – it also has something to offer for gourmets, fans of open-air festivals and astronomy enthusiasts. On the Gurten, gourmet menus, a legendary music festival, yoga seminars and views of the night sky through a telescope await the visitors.

And as soon as there is enough snow in winter, the hill turns into a little ski resort with mini ski lifts, a sledding slope and tasty mulled wine.

The Gurtenbahn’s (funicular) valley station can be reached by streetcar no. 9 in around 15 minutes from Bern’s main station. From there, the top can be reached on foot, by bike or by the red funicular. Hiking to the top will take about one hour, and it’s about 30 minutes by bike. The “Gurtenbähnli”, the Gurten funicular, leaves every 15 minutes, beginning in the early morning.

Going downhill, there is an additional option: the downhill trail takes visitors into the city and the refreshing Aare river in an instant. Good to know: cars are not allowed on the Gurten. If travelling by car, it can be left in the car park by the Gurtenbahn valley station.

  • Gurtenbahn (funicular) schedule

    The funicular leaves every 15 minutes, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

    Monday–Saturday Last ascent at 11:30 p.m., last descent at 11:45 p.m.
    Sundays & public holidays Last ascent at 8:00 p.m., last descent at 8:15 p.m.

An Oasis for the Whole Family

The Gurtenbahn, which transports around one million passengers a year to the Gurten.

When visiting Bern’s local mountain, there is an infinity of choices. Along with the relaxed atmosphere, fresh mountain air and wonderful panoramic view of the alps, there are all kinds of activities. To facilitate the planning process, we’ve listed activities for children, athletic visitors and winter lovers.

Big Plans for Small Gurten Fans

The Gurten is a paradise for children. There is a dragon, water fountains, a tobogganing run – it’s fun to be a kid on the Gurten! There are also green meadows and shady trees, perfect for a post-playtime nap. Countless barbecue pits and two restaurants make sure the hungry bellies are filled.

Physical Activity on the Mountain

Sporty people will also find suitable activities on Bern’s local mountain: there are action-packed trails for running and biking, relaxing hiking trails and, in winter, even ski and sledding slopes.

Winter on the Gurten

As soon as the first snowflakes hit the rooftops of the city, everyone in Bern – locals and visitors alike – look toward the Gurten. Is the ski lift already on? If the mountain is not in one’s view, the webcam can help out. Be it on a sled, a snowboard or skis – winter is even more fun with a fresh breeze and a snowy landscape.

Eating on the Gurten

Fresh mountain air makes us hungry. Bern’s local mountain is not only a treat for the eyes, but also for the taste buds. Be it at the elegant restaurant Gurtners, on the terrace of the restaurant Tapis Rouge or at one of the public barbecue pits – on the Gurten, everyone can find their favorite meal.

Events

After the Gurten is before the Gurten – the calendar of events of Bern’s local mountain is packed. Just got back from dancing the night away at Gurten Festival last weekend? A few days later, gazing into the night sky is on the agenda. Here are the most important events in the Gurten calendar:

Practical Information

  • How to get there

    By public transport, starting at Bern main station:

    Bernmobil (streetcar/bus) Streetcar no. 9 in the direction of Wabern, get off at “Gurtenbahn”
    BLS (train) Lines S3 and S31 (Bern – Thun), get off at “Wabern”

    By car:

    Cars are only allowed up to the valley station of the funicular. There are parking spaces in the car park (a fee will be charged).

  • Gurtenbahn funicular

    Schedule

    The Gurtenbahn leaves every 15 minutes, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

    Monday–Saturday Last ascent at 11:30 p.m., last descent at 11:45 p.m.
    Sundays & public holidays Last ascent at 8:00 p.m., last descent at 8:15 p.m.

    Prices

    Grown-ups One-way ticket CHF 6.00, both ways CHF 10.50
    Children (6–16 years) & Halbtax (Half Fare Travelcard) One-way ticket CHF 3.00, both ways CHF 5.50

    Guests with a GA (GA travelcard) or Libero (regional travelcard) (day pass, monthly pass or annual pass for zone 100/101) ride the funicular for free.

  • Hotels & Seminars

    The Hotel Gurten has two double rooms – modern and carefully furnished.

    Included in the price: breakfast (brunch on Sundays), a well-stocked minibar, a welcome drink and a basket with regional specialties. The rooms can also be booked as part of a romance package.

    Booking Reservation

    The elegant rooms on Bern’s local mountain, far away from the city and its noise, are also suited for seminars and festivities. Be it in Kulturschür, in the glass pavilion or at the restaurant Gurtners – the Gurten is a wonderful place for parties and conventions.

    Book venue

  • Gurten

    Gurtenkulm
    3084 Köniz

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