Bern through the Seasons
Even “The Times” knows it: the laid-back attitude and relaxed way of life in Bern is unbeatable. From its diverse cultural programme to festive Christmas markets to panoramic e-bike tours through beautiful landscapes – in Bern, you’ll find fun activities, tranquil moments and joie de vivre year-round.
When Europe’s second-greenest city disappears underneath a glistening white blanket, swap the bicycle for a sled or a pair of skis and head for the hills. At Bern’s magical Christmas markets, alpine chic, the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread, and unique handicraft await the visitors. And the many cafés in the UNESCO-listed Old City will warm your belly and your heart alike in the cold season.
Winter in Bern
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No matter the season, you can always find fresh, regional, seasonal produce at Bern’s farmer’s markets . Do as the Bernese do and take your time strolling among the stalls, browsing, and chatting with the locals.
When the temperatures get milder, take a walk to the Rosengarten to take in the magnificent view. Its famous cherry trees are in full bloom and flocks of birds sing songs of their adventures in the south. It’s also the perfect time for visitors to explore the many idyllic oases and use their regained energy to skip from concerts to museum exhibitions, from romantic picnics to lively parties, from serene brooks to hills underneath the starry night sky.
Spring in Bern
The taps in the city with the highest number of registered breweries run at full speed, pop-up bars stock their shelves with Ingwerer (a Bernese ginger liqueur) and Matte Gin, and glasses are polished for laid-back sundowners on restaurant terraces: summer in the destination Bern is about good times, relaxed days – and refreshing moments, be it at one of the public outdoor swimming pools, at one of the natural swimming spots, or even among the water jets in front of the Parliament Building!
Summer in Bern
In this season, we recommend going for a bike ride and stopping on one of Bern’s famous bridges to breathe the crisp air and enjoy the stunning view – the dancing leaves and fall colours turn the Aare and its surroundings into a picture-perfect idyll. Stroll through the quaint Old City while munching on some freshly roasted chestnuts or take a short train ride to discover the many hiking trails and golden forests in the destination Bern.
Autumn in Bern