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The magic of Christmas is finally making itself felt in the city and region of Bern. Whether it's the sparkling Christmas lights that decorate the UNESCO-listed Old Town, the romantic Christmas mar-kets spread throughout the region or the numerous fondue offerings in and around Bern – there's plenty to discover.
Christmas Markets in Bern
There are numerous ways to experience magical moments during Advent in the city and region of Bern: a twinkling sea of lights, traditional Christmas markets, creative winter pop-ups, cosy places for a fondue, Christmas shopping under the well-known arcades in Bern’s old town or the longest nativity scene in the Mittelland – the list goes on and on. Our tips will help you skate effortlessly through this magical Christmas season.
Enjoy the magic of Christmas
7 December highlights in the city and region of Bern
Sure, December is mostly focused on the ever-exciting run-up to Christmas. And of course, we’ll tell you where you can find the best mulled wine, browse for the perfect presents on Sundays and which restaurants serve the best and cosiest fondue experience. But we promise, even if you’re more of a Grinch, it’s worth leaving your house: there’s much more to experience in the city and region of Bern than the festivities. For example, a new temporary club location.
Fondue Tipps in the city and region of Bern
Is there anything cosier on a cold winter evening than enjoying a fondue with friends and family? The restaurants in the city and region of Bern are inviting you to do just that. If you’re looking for a bit of mountain romance in the city, we recommend a visit to the pretty mountain gondolas in front of the Lötschberg restaurant. If you’re leaning more towards the adventurous side, you can experience a full moon fondue on the Gurten or try the vegan version at JUL in the Rathausgasse. If you want to enjoy some spectacular scenery or fairytale winter landscapes, you can eat a fondue on the Stockhorn or in the Kemmeriboden Bad.
All the best fondue experiences
Upcoming top events
November23to 29. Dec.Top EventBerner Sternenmarkt (Star Market Bern)Bern, Kleine Schanze
December11to 11. Dec.Top EventSpace EyeNiedermuhlern, Space Eye Observatorium für Weltraum und Umwelt
December16to 10. Feb.Top EventSkating Rink on Parliament SquareBern, Ice Rink on Parliament Square
January18to 07. Mar.Top EventMuseumsbier (beer at the museum)Bern, Museumsbier (beer at the museum)
Bern through the Seasons
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Autumn in the city and region of BernAutumn has started: the colourful leaves sometimes dance more wildly than your parents in a snapshot on their wedding day. We will show you what to do in Bern during this colourful season.Autumn in the city and region of BernMore
Winter in the city and region of BernWho hasn’t experienced it? Broadening your horizons, finally tackling things you’ve wanted to do for a long time, experiencing surprising things and opening your senses. Fortunately, the destination of Bern wears many winter coats, and we can show you its variety.Winter in the city and region of BernMore
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