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Arts and Culture: Kulturherbst Bern
Bern is idyllic, progressive, inspiring, moving, and inviting, as the many different exhibitions, presentations, guided tours, activities, concerts, and performances of all kind prove. And the experiences and events are not limited to the city of Bern: the surrounding regions Emmental, Oberaargau, Laupen and the Gantrisch Nature Park are also part of Bern’s cultural cosmos – a near endless one that lives up to its name. We’re giving you an overview of everything that’s going on with six carefully curated culture bucket lists for art and design, music and live performances, architecture, traditional craftsmanship, history and culinary delights.
Days of arts and culture
9 Bernese Highlights in October
This year’s Bernese summer was hot and long. But now it’s time for a delicious, cosy and culturally diverse autumn. October is when the spotlights in numerous cultural venues in Bern are switched on, the façade of the Parliament appears in a mystical light and for one evening, all eyes are drawn to the cultural life in the Emmental. To enjoy a bird’s eye view of the whole spectacle, all you have to do is climb onto the Ferris wheel. You might ask, where that is. Here’s a hint: the way there is lined with red-and-gold-coloured trees and animal companions.
To the October highlights
Top 10: 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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Bern through the Seasons
Springtime in the city and region of BernThe days are getting longer, the birds are chirping, and the trees are starting to blossom – time to go outside! We’re celebrating spring and Bernese joie de vivre with different outdoor activities.Springtime in the city and region of BernMore
Summer in the city and region of BernHot, hotter, summer in Bern! We’ve got refreshing ideas and experiences in the destination Bern lined up to keep you cool this summer. Dive in!Summer in the city and region of BernMore
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
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
Sustainable BernBern is Europe’s second-greenest capital after Vienna. Here’s some inspiration for how to keep your carbon footprint to a minimum while visiting the destination Bern.Sustainable BernMore
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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