Once a year, many Bern locals rise from their beds far earlier than usual: Although the Zibelemärit only officially opens at 6:00 a.m. and doesn’t close again until 6:00 p.m., locals stock up on their braids of onions from 4:00 a.m. As the day slowly wakes, you can stroll leisurely through the streets and admire the braids of onions in the still tranquil atmosphere.
Artistically braided onion braids, garlands, and figures in every conceivable design can be admired and purchased at more than 200 stalls: from giant, meter-long braids with white and red onions to arrangements with dried flowers and decorated mini-braids.
It’s all about onions in the kitchens too. Whether onion tart, onion soup, onion pizza, or sausage with onions – the restaurants in Bern’s Old Town offer an array of onion-based dishes. A warming mug of Glühwein is the perfect accompaniment. If you follow the scent of caramel, you’ll also find typical market treats such as roasted almonds, “Magenbrot” cookies, and cotton candy.
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