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Berner Weihnachtspass (Christmas Pass)
With the Christmas Pass, you can benefit from great deals at five Bernese Christmas markets. Purchase the voucher sheet for 20 francs and save 30 percent with vouchers worth a total of over 30 francs. Comprises vouchers for: 1 mulled wine or hot punch at the charming Sternenmarkt (Star Market), 1 original Valais raclette with accompaniments at the cozy winter pop up “Platzhirsch” on Waisenhausplatz square, 2 for 1 on Scandinavian mulled wine or soft drinks at the winter pop up “Øscår Elch”, CHF 6 voucher for the crafts stands at the Minster Christmas market, and 1 hot chocolate with marshmallows at the Berner Generationenhaus (Bern House of Generations). The voucher sheet is available from 24 November 2022 at the Tourist Information in Bern's main station.
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Bern’s Christmas Markets
Traditional Christmas markets, creative winter pop ups, cozy fondue places, Christmas shopping underneath the characteristic arcades in Bern’s Old City, a skating rink with a spectacular backdrop on Parliament Square, panoramic views of the snow-covered rooftops of Bern from the Rosengarten park, and the Central Plateau’s longest nativity scene: discover everything the destination Bern has to offer at Christmastime.
5 Bernese Highlights in December
Christmas carols, the smell of cookies, ice fields, December is full of pleasure and magic. Besides all the festivities, there is still so much to discover in the destination of Bern. Whether it’s in one of the diverse Christmas markets or in your winter boots on a unique hiking trail - this month it’s especially worth leaving the warm room.
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Top 18: Free Activities
If there are still a lot of days left until your next paycheck comes in, you have to get creative. Good things don’t have to be expensive! Whether you want to see great art, watch animals, or experience an audiovisual light installation – in Bern, there are so many things you can do and see for free. Here are our recommendations for free experiences in the destination Bern.
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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
Sustainability, Bern StyleIn the travel and business destination Bern, there’s plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here is some inspiration for sustainable travel in the federal city and its surrounding regions.Sustainability, Bern StyleMore
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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