Old and young meet on the historic terrace of the Bernese Minster, lovingly called “Pläfe” by the locals: there are families with children having a picnic, elderly men playing Boule, teenagers playing ping-pong, and couples enjoying the wonderful view of the greenish-blue Aare river and the high peaks of the Alps. The large chestnut trees and many benches make the terrace a popular place to spend warm summer afternoons.
By the way: in order get down to the historic Matte neighbourhood, the Bernese use the “Senkeltram”, an elevator that takes adults directly from the terrace to Badgasse Street in the Matte for 1.20 Francs.
We don’t know if Einstein came up with his famous E= mc² formula while relaxing on the Minster terrace, but what we do know is that the world-famous scientist lived just around the corner on Kramgasse. His apartment is open to the public and showcases photographs, recordings and copies of hand-written documents. If you want to find out more about the genius Albert Einstein, you will find interesting information and ideas here.
Events around the Minster
From the artisanry market and the Buskers Street Music Festival to celebrating New Year’s Eve: there are all kinds of cultural and typically Bernese events on and near the Minster terrace, and everyone enjoys them, be it locals, tourists, visitors, and people who have just moved to Bern.
Buskers Street Music Festival
For a few days each summer, the colourful Buskers Street Music Festival transforms Bern’s streets and squares into a fun and loud outdoor party with all kinds of performances like concerts, dancing, and acting. People from Switzerland, Europe and all over the world come to watch, listen and participate.
Artisanry Market on the Minter Terrace
At over 100 market stalls, creative artisans from in and around Bern sell their handcrafted products. The artisanry market on the Minster terrace takes place every first Saturday of the month. On the first and third advent weekend, there’s a lovely Christmas edition of the market.
Visiting Bern’s Minster
Bei it in the summer, on public holidays, after a cup of coffee on the Minster terrace or while shopping in Bern’s Old City: the gates of the Minster are open all year. The impressive building has a lot to offer: you can see the architectural beauty of the church, listen to the wonderful sound of the organ and climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the exquisite panorama.
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