Bern is a great place to meet! The unique charm of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, the stress-free atmosphere, but also its compact size make Bern an ideal setting for conventions and meetings of any kind. The Swiss capital boasts an outstanding infrastructure: Zentrum Paul Klee, Stade de Suisse, Gurten - Park im Grünen, Kursaal Bern and BERNEXPO all offer attractive venues for successful events for up to 5.000 participants. The practically car-free Old Town with its historic building facades, appealing shops, restaurants and cafés lends the city a slower-paced, relaxed lifestyle – a rare feat in today’s hectic world!
Be it a convention, conference, exhibition, general meeting, or a major event: Bern impresses with its excellent infrastructure with 33 hotels of all categories, over 2.000 hotel rooms and more than 300 restaurants, bars and cafés. And everything is close at hand since venues, attractions, restaurants and shops can all be easily reached on foot, by tram or bus.
But not only that: with Zentrum Paul Klee, Einstein Museum, a visit to the show dairy in the Emmental or a day’s excursion to the Jungfraujoch, any visit to Bern is sure to be sensational and unparalleled experience for domestic and foreign participants alike. Bern is dynamic and visionary, with the BearPark and the Westside experience park designed by leading architect Daniel Libeskind as the city’s latest landmarks. The latter includes a shopping center, a large aqua park and a Holiday Inn hotel – all under one roof. Unique attractions that the participants of any event will be certain to value highly.
Bern Ticket – Free public transport for overnight guests
Since June 2014, there is no more fumbling for public transport tickets when visiting the Swiss Capital – every guest automatically receives a “Bern Ticket” when staying overnight in Bern. The ticket includes free transportation with all busses and trams in the inner city, as well as free rides with the Gurten- and Marzilibahn.
Zentrum Paul Klee – A cultivated setting for any event
With well over 4.000 paintings, watercolors and drawings, the Zentrum Paul Klee houses the most important collection by the renowned Bern-born artist and presents these in changing exhibitions. Since the building by leading architect Renzo Piano was opened in 2005, the center has become one of the most sought-after and attractive event venues. The ambience of the glass and steel building with its three distinctive waves and the lofty museum street are unique. The seminar and convention rooms which also cater for the needs of disabled visitors can accommodate up to 300 people. These may be booked in combination with guided tours, workshops, concerts, high-quality catering as well as meals in the Restaurant Schöngrün, the best-rated restaurant in the city
Gurten – For meetings with perspectives
864 meters above sea level, located in the middle of nature and yet still close to the city, Gurten - Park im Grünen offers magnificent views across Bern and the Alps. The new Gurten Pavilion, opened in June 2014 is the latest gem among Bern’s venues and accommodates up to 500 people.
Gurten further provides seminar and banqueting rooms of various sizes, a concert stage at the club Uptown, a rustic vaulted-ceiling cellar and a selection of restaurants – the Gurten team will develop tailor-made solutions for unforgettable events on Bern’s local mountain. All this is conveniently accessible by funicular railway.
Kursaal Bern – Where business meets lifestyle
The Kursaal Bern complex includes the 4-star-superior hotel Allegro with an exclusive bar, four restaurants specialized in different cuisines, the region’s largest convention and culture center and the Grand Casino. Completely renovated in 2012, 27 state-of-the-art conference and convention rooms cater for up to 1.500 people and are suitable for conventions, banquets, exhibitions, trade fairs, concerts and festivities. The hotel’s latest innovation is a glass forum with a view of the Old Town, an ideal space for receptions, exhibitions and coffee breaks.
BERNEXPO – Switzerland’s largest open-air infrastructure
BERNEXPO Groupe offers live marketing and provides an attractive framework for events with up to 5.000 participants. On 41.000 square meters of covered event area and a newly renovated conference center with plenary room, conference rooms and lounge. Moreover, the generous open-air area is ideal for live performances, promotions or combined indoor/outdoor events. Several restaurants, bars and food stands and the congress catering leave nothing to be desired in terms of culinary indulgence.
Stade de Suisse – A home goal
Since August 2005, this arena stands on the ground of the historic Wankdorf stadium, scene of the legendary “Wonder of Bern”. The Business Center in Stade de Suisse offers rooms across two floors for every type of occasion: from sport-focused boxes for meetings and conferences through to the classy Champions’ Lounge and tailor-made packages for up to 1.500 participants. As can be expected, state-of-the-art conference facilities and a professional catering team are all at hand.
Westside – The destination for stimulating experiences
The visionary Westside leisure and shopping center by leading architect Daniel Libeskind is a shopping center, multiplex cinema and restaurant, hotel and conference center, adventure pool, spa and fitness center – all under one roof. The Holiday Inn Westside Bern seminar hotel has 144 rooms and 11 seminar rooms. For larger events, the adjoining cinema auditoriums are also available. The aqua park, spa and multiplex cinema offer an ideal supporting program for every event. Westside’s diversity, unique architecture and idyllic rural setting promise a unique conference atmosphere.
Hotel Ambassador & SPA – Hotel and business center in natural surroundings
This hotel, located in a calm, natural environment above the Aare river and only 5 minutes from Bern main station was completely renovated in May 2014. It provides a wonderful view of the Parliament Building and the Old Town. Besides 99 hotel rooms, the business center features rooms for up to 450 people, an indoor pool and spa, a Japanese Teppan Yaki restaurant and a Swiss brasserie.
Suitable supporting programs
Bern impresses – excitingly, entertainingly, naturally, originally and unforgettably. The walks through the city and other offers under the "City Tours" section are perfectly suitable as a traditional and informative social event program. Be it an exclusive get-together for management level personnel, a team building exercise or simply a fun company outing – everything is possible in Bern.
Bern as a transport hub
Situated at the heart of Switzerland and in the center of Europe, Bern’s location is ideal. Lying only a few kilometers south of the city is BERN Airport with home-carrier SkyWork Airlines, linked to the rest of the world via Munich, London City, Berlin, Barcelona and other European cities. Expressways connect Bern with Switzerland’s other cities and its neighboring countries. There are six multi-story car parks in the inner city. A car-park routing system beyond all expressway exits provides information about approach routes and available parking spaces. International trains such as TGV and ICE stop at the main railway station, from where commuter train, bus and tram services serve the entire region.
Those with more time on their hands might wish to venture on an excursion into the surrounding region. Here again, Bern scores highly: the Alps, the Bernese Oberland, Emmental, three-lakes region, Jura, Lake Geneva region, central Switzerland and Valais can all be visited on half-day and day excursions.