Practical Information

On what days are stores in Bern closed? What are the emergency telephone numbers? Which websites offer additional information? Our overview will answer these questions and provide other useful tips.


Polices 117
Fire Department 118
Paramedics/Ambulance 144
Rescue Helicopter (REGA) 1414
European Emergency Number 112
Poison Control 145
General Information 1811
Roadside Assistance 162

Opening Hours & Holidays

Public Holidays in Bern

  • 1 January, New Year’s Day
  • 2 January, Berchtold's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • 1 August, Swiss National Day
  • 25 December, Christmas Day
  • 26 December, Saint Stephen's Day

The official holidays may vary somewhat depending on the canton.

Store Opening Hours

The following opening hours generally apply to stores in the city of Bern (variations are possible):

Mon–Wed 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sun closed

Stores are also open on Sundays during the pre-Christmas season.

There are over 80 shops at Bern’s main train station that are open 365 days a year. They operate under different opening hours: On weekdays, most of them are open until 9:00 p.m., and on weekends and holidays until 8:00 p.m.

  • Fact

    Did you know that Sundays are protected by several laws in Switzerland? This means that certain activities such as mowing the lawn, using the washing machine in an apartment building, or depositing bottles in public recycling containers are not permitted on Sundays.

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