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Top 19: Free Experiences
When there are still a lot of days left until your next paycheck comes in, you often have to get creative. But good things don’t have to be expensive! Whether you want to admire art, watch animals, or marvel at an audiovisual light installation – in Bern, there are so many things you can do and see for free. Here are our 19 recommendations for free activities in the destination Bern.
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Tales of the Gantrisch E-bike Route
Discover the abundance of stories and myths in the Gantrisch Nature Park and get to know the unique character of the beautiful region. The Tales of the Gantrisch E-bike Route offers legendary inns, fairytale forests, mystical gorges, and scenic experience sites where you can hear or read about the tales of the region at their origin.
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Good Ideas for Bad Weather
“Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head ...” The sun is refusing to come out? No worries, there’s all kinds of fun ways you can spend your free days in Bern even if the weather is not cooperating. Whether it’s discussing relevant contemporary issues at the ongoing exhibitions at Bern’s museums, enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea at a cozy café, or treating yourself to a new, extra-special item from one of the many shops – take a look at what Bern has to offer.
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City ToursIncorporating the city’s landmarks as well as its secret corners and hidden treasures, providing both historical background and amusing anecdotes, Bern’s city tours are as diverse as the city itself. Informed and interesting, funny and astonishing, historical and topical: the tours are instructive, exciting, and at times spooky – but always entertaining.City ToursMore
Beer CapitalCan you hear it bubbling and fizzing? Fermenting and brewing happens everywhere in Bern, including in basements, garages and even in laundry rooms. 200 breweries and microbreweries – more than anywhere else in Switzerland – are registered here. It’s no wonder that locally brewed craft beer and Bern go together just like hops and malt do!Beer CapitalMore
Bicycle trekkingBike trekking lets you experience and enjoy the passing landscape in all its diversity. E-bike fans can reach the countryside from the city in just a few minutes. Highlights such as the “Grünes Band Bern” e-bike route around the capital city, the Emmental valley, and the Gantrisch region are just a short ride away.Bicycle trekkingMore
50 Years of Women’s SuffrageIn 1971, Swiss women gained the right to vote. The program for the anniversary year is just as creative and diverse as the women’s involvement and commitment at the time. Here are the planned activities50 Years of Women’s SuffrageMore
Hotel offer for families
Families profit from free overnight stays for their children under the age of 16 in a selection of Bernese hotels. Be it an active or relaxed getaway, in an urban setting or the breathtaking landscapes of the Bernese countryside: thanks to the federal city’s central location, the many diverse activities and experiences are only a stone’s throw away.
“I love Bern” contests
Be it an exclusive “mountain night” under the stars in the Gantrisch Nature Park, a mini holiday in the federal city with loads of culture, or a family weekend complete with a lama trek – we’re always giving away awesome prizes for unforgettable experiences in the entire Bern region.
13 Rainy-Day Activities for FamiliesWhen you have children, rainy days can be a drag. So here are recommendations for fun, family-friendly indoor activities in Bern. Be it trampoline heaven, an exotic jungle, an indoor playground or a water park – these adventures are fun for children and parents alike and will make you forget all about the weather.13 Rainy-Day Activities for FamiliesMore
Bern for FamiliesVisiting Bern with children? Whether it’s culture, sports or trips to the countryside – there are great activities for all ages in and around Bern. Here’s some inspiration for families.Bern for FamiliesMore
Bern CityFederal city, city of shopping, pleasure, culture: Bern is diverse and unique. Whether you’re looking for nature, cultural activities, or great food – this is the place for you.More
GantrischWhether it's challenging yourself on the via ferrata, a bike tour on the winding roads, relaxed hiking with a fantastic view, or enjoying regional delicacies - the Gantrisch Nature Park leaves nothing to be desired.More
EmmentalThe Emmental cheese with its many holes is world-famous. But the beautiful valley has so much more to offer – it is a great escape for bike lovers and hiking enthusiasts, for example.More
OberaargauQuaint villages, idyllic lakes, and historic buildings – the Oberaargau region is worth getting to know. It offers all kinds of fun adventures and pretty destinations.More
LaupenThe charming atmosphere of this town stems from its skillfully crafted arcades, medieval half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, and picturesque castle that take visitors on an architectural journey to the past.More
Excursions with the BLSThe BLS area offers a large variety of inspiration and excursions, such as e-bike rides, hiking, winter activities and indoor attractions.PromotionExcursions with the BLSExcursions with the BLSMore
BernAt Bernaqua, there’s something for everyone: at the water park, the longest covered waterslides await brave visitors, and there are fitness and spa areas – body and soul are taken care of.PromotionWater Park BernaquaBernMore
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