01.08.2024 1st of August Celebration in Bern

It’s Switzerland’s birthday! To celebrate the occasion, the Swiss capital is hosting festivities for all inhabitants and guests on our national holiday.

This year, we’ll be celebrating Switzerland on two days: because not only is our national holiday coming up, it’s also the 175th anniversary of the country’s federal constitution. There will be a big celebration all over Bern on 31 July and 1 August. Speaking of festivities, we’re also throwing in the opening ceremony of the Climbing & Paraclimbing World Championships on 1 August.

Lit-up lanterns and flags flying in the wind: in honour of Helvetia’s birthday, there will be a garden party on Parliament Square from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the 1st of August. From family-friendly activities such as face painting to a lantern parade to an urban garden with a market flair, there’s something for everyone. With so much going on, you’re bound to get hungry – good thing there will be several food trucks parked on Parliament Square, offering their tasty treats. Additionally, there will be a large charcoal grill at the visitors’ disposal.

But that’s not nearly everything: Every year, the federal city manages to surprise us with a fun, exciting programme.

  • Fun Fact

    Did you know? It was not until the early nineties that people officially got the day off work for the national holiday.

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