Perfume Workshop – Follow Your Nose Around Bern

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.

  • Information and Prices
    Tour dates Monday–Friday
    starts around 5:30 p.m.

    Saturdays by arrangement
    Length of tour 2.5–3 hrs (depending on group size)
    Number of participants 4–8 people

    The workshop can also be booked for individuals or smaller groups
    Price CHF 170.00 per person

    Please inquire about prices for more than 8 people and for larger groups or off-site workshops
    Services included in price - workshop and materials
    - led by Bern parfumière Brigitte Witschi
    - bottle with your own perfume creation and original recipe
    Services not included in price - any travel expenses for course leader for off-site workshops
    - any costs for space rentals for off-site workshops
    - Aperitifs and finger foods


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 city’s attractions are waiting to be discovered not just by 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 their senses to the fullest 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 topics 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 to blend their unique and personal souvenir to take home at the end of the day. On request, the tour can also be taken without the visit to the perfume workshop.

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