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Winter in Bern
As the new year approaches, the longing to expand your horizons and do things that have been on your bucket list forever becomes increasingly stronger. The destination of Bern offers so much to see, experience and discover. For example, you can view the city's most iconic landmark, the Zytglogge (Clock Tower), savour cheese raclette under the open sky with a view of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, or visit some of the world's leading art collections while sipping a “Fübi” (after-work beer) at the museum. Our suggestion? Plan a trip to Switzerland’s capital city as soon as you can.
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Winter excursions for families
Whether it’s cold and wet or sunny and bright – a wide array of wintertime family experiences awaits you in Bern. There’s everything from swimming fun just a few minutes from the city centre at the Bernaqua water park in the Westside shopping mall, to a fairytale world of ice and lights at Schwarzsee in Gantrisch Nature Park. Here are all the best ideas for winter activities with the whole family that are guaranteed to make explorers of all ages happy.
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Good Ideas for Bad Weather
The weather is not cooperating? No worries, there’s all kinds of fun ways you can spend your free days in Bern even if the sky is grey. 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
Shopping in Bern’s Old CityAteliers, boutiques, and quaint shops – one-of-a-kind treasures await below the famous arcades and in the characteristic vaulted cellars of Bern’s Old City, turning every shopping trip into a unique experience.Shopping in Bern’s Old CityMore
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
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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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.
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
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