The Rose Garden is one of the most beautiful parks in Bern and offers an unrivaled view over the rooftops of the historic Old Town, the Münster (Minster) and the loop in the Aare river. Enchanting cherry blossoms in spring, around 250 types of blooming roses in summer, a riot of color in the fall, and the cozy fondue veranda at Restaurant Rosengarten during the winter months make a visit to the Rose Garden special no matter what the season.
Whether you stroll slowly through the park, read a book on a bench, share a picnic with friends, enjoy the sunset as a couple or simply sit on a garden wall and swing your legs, the Rose Garden’s relaxed atmosphere invites visitors young and old to stay a while. Locals treasure the park as a romantic spot for dates and a popular after-work meeting place.
Situated high above the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the public park offers a lovely view of Bern’s Old town with all its sights and landmarks. When the weather is clear, the view extends far beyond the city to Bern’s local mountain, the Gurten, and all the way to the Alps. This means the Rose Garden is more than just a recreational area – it’s also the perfect place for fantastic souvenir photos.
Although its name suggests otherwise, the Rose Garden is also known for its variety of flower species. Over 400 types of roses and irises as well as 28 different rhododendrons flourish all over the park. An enchanting water lily pond with fountain and the large, open grassy areas give the park a spacious feel. The explosion of blossoms on the Japanese cherry trees in the spring is a particularly mesmerizing sight. Around the end of March and the beginning of April, the exotic trees put on an eye-catching display of beauty. Six months later, their leaves turn color and treat visitors to another vivid spectacle.
By the way, the Rose Garden used to fulfill a completely different purpose. It served as the cemetery for the lower part of the Old Town from 1765 until 1877. Its transformation into a recreational park took place in stages, and the garden has only been a public facility since 1913.
An Oasis for Young and Old Alike
A pavilion with a library and attached reading garden is the best spot for relaxing. Bookworms can peruse the shelves of the open-access library without registering. Instead of borrowing a book to take home, you can read in the garden and return your book at the end of the day. The library is open on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from the end of April until mid-October.
The Rose Garden is also an exciting place for young visitors to play and run around. The playground’s main attraction is a large red wooden dragon that waits for children under the shady trees. The ideal spot for climbing, swinging, balancing and building sandcastles!
Whether you feel like coffee and cake, a hearty brunch or an attractively priced set menu, Restaurant Rosengarten serves up fine food all day in a stylish ambiance. The restaurant is located at the southern entrance to the park, just a short walk from the Bern Animal Park, BearPark and in sight of the children’s play area. Soak up the sun on the terrace or escape from the cold in the cozy restaurant – no matter what you will have an incomparable view of Bern’s Old Town and the Alps.
Cheese lovers can indulge all their cravings during the winter months at Restaurant Rosengarten with delicious specialties served on the fondue veranda from mid-October until the end of February. Candlelight, soft furs and a crackling fire make the wintry atmosphere complete. By the way, you can find our top eight fondue tips here.
Restaurant Rosengarten Opening Times
Monday–Sunday 9:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Hot meals 11:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
6:00 p.m.–9:45 p.m.
Smaller menu 11:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Directions and Opening Times
From families and couples to locals from the neighborhood and tourists, Bern’s Rose Garden attracts people from all over the place. The easiest way to get to the Rose Garden is on foot from the Bern Animal Park, BearPark using a short but steep path. If you are traveling on public transportation, please take bus number 10 in the direction of “Ostermundigen Rüti” to reach the park (get off at the “Rosengarten” stop). The park facility is always open and free for the public.