Food and drinks
Pumpkin soup in a deep orange, a plate with local game and red cabbage, homemade spaetzli and “Vermicelles” (dessert made from chestnuts) with fresh cream for dessert – if your mouth is starting to water, you should definitely try the Bernese cuisine in autumn. But don’t just get stuck on the classics – people are pouring their hearts and souls into new dishes made with homegrown herbs, and on the “Wochenmärit” (weekly produce market) you will find them vigorously stirring comfortingly warm vegetable soups.
Our 15 favourite cafés in Bern’s Old Town
Waking up to freshly roasted coffee in the morning, eating a slice (or maybe two) of warm apple pie in the afternoon – doesn’t that sound like a perfect day? The cafés in Bern’s old town are ready to spoil you with autumnal coffee and cake creations. So put on your woollen coat, grab your favourite book and explore these cosy places.
Find a cosy café for autumn
Our 20 favourite places in Bern’s neighbourhood
Bern’s neighbourhoods are as unique as your grandmother’s pumpkin soup. Each one has its own charm: friendship flags are hoisted in one place, sailor’s sails in another. In Bern’s neighbourhoods, the Bernese attitude to life can be felt first hand.
Discover Bern’s neighbourhoods
We’ve been waiting to hear “Heisse Marroni!” (roasted chestnuts) all year long. The little chestnut huts will satiate your stomach and warm your cold fingers at the same time.
- Bahnhofplatz, LOEB-Ecke Bulloni AG
- Bahnhofplatz, on the western side of the Heiliggeistkirche, Bulloni AG
- Neuengasse, station exit, Marroni Tricolore SA
- Bärenplatz, Maletti Marco
- Waisenhausplatz at eye-level with the Zeughausgasse, Marroni-Import Gysi & Strazzini AG
- Below the Zytglogge (Clock Tower), Zytglogge Marroni GmbH, Bajrami Zudi
Conscious cuisine: 11 restaurants that serve local sustainabilityIf you want to know exactly where the meat or carrots on your plate come from, you’re in the right place. Here are our favourite restaurants in Bern where sustainability is more than just a trendy phrase, it’s actually lived out.Conscious cuisine: 11 restaurants that serve local sustainabilityMore
15 Budget-Friendly Restaurants in BernWe’re all for affordable culinary treats and treasures. Be it dinner at a charming restaurant or a takeout meal al fresco – our recommendations for foodies on a budget prove that good taste doesn’t have to be expensive!15 Budget-Friendly Restaurants in BernMore
The cultural events in the destination of Bern are as colourful as the leaves in autumn: musicians are tuning their instruments and actors are guiding visitors into new worlds in the vaulted cellars below the arcades. A walk under the colourful tree-lined avenues leads you to the award-winning museums that will never seize to amaze their visitors.
A cultural autumn
No one is forced to give up the world-famous Bernese sluggishness for the cultural events in autumn. During the golden season, the cultural venues in the destination of Bern blossom. Behind the doors to the vaulted cellars or the noble theater buildings, a program awaits from early morning until late at night. The motto is: let yourself be carried away by art, dance, music and much more. To the cultural events in autumn.
To the cultural events in autumn
Spooky BernThe “Spooky Bern” city tour is a skin-tingling stroll through Bern’s underworld, where stories of ghosts and other specters abound. After all, the medieval narrow streets of Bern’s Old Town are fertile ground for scary stories and grisly secrets. Encounters with witches, mysterious dark shapes and banished spirits await during the tour.City ToursSpooky BernMore
Tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower)Going on a tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) means: taking a look behind the clock that has existed for hundreds of years, learning about the history of this Bernese monument and enjoying the wonderful view from the top of the tower.City ToursTour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower)More
Take a walk, listen to the rustling autumn leaves, and try to find some chestnuts – you can never get enough of nature during the most colourful season of the year. Fans of leisure and sports alike can discover the golden landscape with these tips.
All that’s missing is a moose trudging through the thicket, and the illusion of a Canadian forest would be perfect. Are you a beer lover? Take a walk past orange-red leafy trees and stroll along the emerald-green Aare River to the oldest brewery in Bern: Felsenau. Every Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can quench your thirst at their stock sale – Indian summer feeling included.
More autumnal hikes
Was that a squirrel scurrying through the autumn leaves, looking for supplies? You can run through the Bremgarten forest, over the cobblestones in front of the historic Bern Cathedral or up the Gurten mountain – Bern has a variety of jogging routes for fast runners.
Discover Bern’s jogging routes
Fashionistas just love autumn. Warmly wrapped up in hip coats, complemented with golden accessories, they stroll through the arcades to get to the local boutiques. After successfully finding treasures they weren’t looking for, they can buy a pumpkin for the weekend’s autumn menu on the "Wochenmärit" (weekly produce market).
MarketsA stroll over the markets is exciting – each small street and square has its own little scene. The unique scenery of the UNESCO world heritage in Bern is truly something to see.ShoppingMarketsMore
Shopping in Bern’s Old City is a unique experience. Countless quaint shops, elegant boutiques and creative studios can be found below the historic arcades. Here are some of our favourites!Shopping in Bern’s Old City is a unique experience. Countless quaint shops, elegant boutiques and creative studios can be found below the historic arcades. Here are some of our favourites!Bernese TreasuresShopping in Bern’s Old City is a unique experience. Countless quaint shops, elegant boutiques and creative studios can be found below the historic arcades. Here are some of our favourites!More
Where to stay
Anybody can find suitable accommodation in Bern. Are you looking to stay in a cosy neighbourhood, close to the nightlife, in a luxurious 5-star suite, or are you a culture lover looking for accommodation with extra packages? Bern’s hotels offer a suitable place to stay for everybody. To help you choose the right one for you, we’ll even reveal our hotel tips.
Hotel offers for families
There are many experiences to be made if you take your family on an excursion to the destination of Bern. Now, isn’t it convenient that many hotels let the children stay overnight for free? That means you will have more money to enjoy Bern’s best attractions during the day.
Hotel specials for families