01.08.2023 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.

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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