Discovering Bern on a walk trough the city and enjoying a delicious Raclette underneath the night sky: a perfect Bernese outdoor experience.
The al-fresco Raclette is perfect for gourmets looking for something new! The idea is simple: just pick up a Raclette-Rucksack (raclette backpack) at Restaurant Lötschberg and off you go through the city. The walk takes you to the loveliest places, along the Aare river or through the Dählhölzli forest all the way to your new favourite spot, where you can unpack the backpack and let the Raclette fun begin.
The best thing about it: the raclette set is very small and handy, the cheese is melted by the heat coming from small candles – so when you’re looking for the perfect dining spot, you don’t have to keep electricity outlets or a certain amount of space in mind.
Package Price Includes Basic CHF 19.00
- rental fee for the complete Raclette set
- 250 g of cheese
- 250 g boiled potatoes
- gherkins/pickles and pearl onions
- Raclette spice
Deluxe CHF 29.00
The package includes everything the Basic package
contains, plus a bottle of white wine (Fendant 37.5 cl).
No beverages are included in the Basic package. You can purchase them at Restaurant Lötschberg, if desired.
We recommend calculating one hour of pure walking time for the suggested route. The walk can be abbreviated or extended (6 hours maximum).
- Raclette backpack
- Suitable clothing (depending on the weather)
The Raclette backpack includes all the ingredients for a wonderful al-fresco Raclette experience.
Our tip: if it’s cold outside, bring something to sit on.
How It Works
- Place a reservation over the phone at Restaurant Lötschberg.
- Pick up the backpack at Restaurant Lötschberg and choose between the Basic and the Deluxe package (includes wine). You can choose when you get there.
- Stroll through Bern.
- Enjoy your al-fresco Raclette in your new favourite spot.
- Give back the Raclette backpack at Restaurant Lötschberg (on the same day and during opening hours).
The Raclette backpack can be rented for a maximum of six hours. You must bring it back on the same day.
Our Recommendation for Your Raclette Stroll
Our favourite route will lead you past beautiful monuments and through the federal city to some of the city’s nicest spots. Once you’ve reached your new favourite place, get out the outdoor Raclette equipment and enjoy your meal along with a wonderful view.
Our Suggested Route
Restaurant Lötschberg – Zytglogge (Clock Tower) – Münsterplattform (Minster platform) – Tierpark Bern, BärenPark (Bern Animal Park, BearPark) – Schwellenmätteli – Dalmazimätteli – Bundesterrasse (terrace of the Parliament Building) – Bellevue Park – Restaurant Lötschberg
Distance 4 km Duration 1 h Climb 67 m (altitude difference) Descent 67 m (altitude difference)
Our tip: While on your walk, make a quick detour to the Rosengarten, make yourself comfortable on the stone wall or the grass and unpack the backpack. In the evening, when the sun is setting and the city’s many lights sparkle in the darkness, the view is especially romantic.
How To Get There
The city of Bern lies in the heart of Switzerland and can be reached by all means of transportation. Detailed information on travelling to Bern can be found here.
Where is Restaurant Lötschberg located? Here!
The Raclette backpack can be rented year-round during the opening hours of Restaurant Lötschberg. You can make the reservation for the backpack via phone up to one hour before your departure. The backpack must be picked up and brought back during the opening hours of the restaurant.
The rental fee must be paid on-site in cash or by card.
Münsterplattform (Minster Terrace)
The route will take you from Restaurant Lötschberg past the famous Zytglogge (Clock Tower) to the Minster platform, where you’re sure to find a lovely spot on the grass amongst the large chestnut trees and with a fantastic view of the Minster (with Switzerland’s highest steeple), the Aare river and the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. If you don’t feel like sitting on the grass, you can choose one of the many benches.
TO THE MINSTER TERRACE
Bern Animal Park, BearPark
Continue your stroll through the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and across Nydeggbrücke (Nydegg bridge) – our tip: turn around and take a look back at the beautiful medieval buildings – all the way to Bern Animal Park, BearPark. If you’re there between March and October and you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot Bern’s three bears Björk, Finn and Ursina playing, bathing or eating. The concrete steps on the banks of the Aare river below the BearPark are great for a relaxing break – with or without a bit of Raclette.
TO THE BERN ANIMAL PARK, BEARPARK
Rosengarten (Rose Garden)
If you enjoy a good view (and your feet aren’t tired yet), make a detour to Rose Garden. Be it in the soft grass amongst the roses or on the stone wall with a spectacular view of Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old City – the Rose Garden is the perfect spot for some Raclette. Our tip: the view is especially pretty and romantic when the lights of the city sparkle in the evening light.
TO ROSE GARDEN
Englische Anlagen (English Park)
After just a short walk upstream and through a strip of forest, you’ll reach Schwellenmätteli. The charming benches among the trees are perfect for taking a short break, breathing the fresh forest air, listening to the burbling of the Aare river and enjoying some delicious Swiss cheese.
Bundesterrasse (Terrace of the Parliament Building)
After the relaxing stroll along the Aare river, you’ll have to tackle the last couple of metres uphill to the terrace of the Parliament Building. The viewing platform in front of the Parliament is at the heart of the city and gives visitors an impressive view of the Matte neighbourhood (the city’s oldest neighbourhood) and the Aare river all the way to the Gurten, Bern’s local mountain, and the peaks of the Bernese Alps.
TO THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING
Not far from the Parliament terrace, next to the five-star hotel Bellevue Palace, lies “Bellevue-Pärkli” (little Bellevue park, far right), overlooking the museums and the Matte and Marzili neighbourhoods. There are public benches and picnic tables – perfect for some delicious Raclette with a view.