In the Mood for Love? Try these 12 Romantic Experiences in and around the City of Bern
Whether you prefer classic romance with candles and moonlight or surprising and exciting ad-ventures with your loved one – these 12 recommendations will make your heart go pitter-patter!
#1 Enjoy an Outdoor Raclette
Attention all cheese fans: how about a romantic walk followed by an outdoor Raclette dinner? Take your sweetheart by the hand and explore the beautiful city of Bern. When you find your perfect spot, sit down, relax and enjoy a delicious Raclette. There are so many suitable places to choose from: beneath the grand chestnut trees on Minster terrace, in the Rosengarten (Rose Garden) with a view of the historic Old City of Bern or on the banks of the Aare river – Bern truly is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. The idea is simple, and so is the implementation: just head to Restaurant Lötschberg at Zeughausgasse 16 to pick up (and later return) the ready-to-go Raclette backpack and start walk-ing!
#2 The Way to a Man’s Heart …
… is through his stomach! And if there’s still some room in there next to all the butterflies, we highly recommend the “Moosegg Gourmet Abend” (“Moosegg Gourmet Evening”): After a relaxing bath in the Hot Pot – including champagne and appetisers, of course – you’ll be served a six-course surprise menu before retiring and enjoying the beautiful view of the Alps. If you ask us, what Hotel Moosegg offers is pure romance!
#3 “Höi-Gflüster” on the Gurten
“Höi-Gflüster”: Restaurant Gurtner’s interpretation of the candle-light dinner on Bern’s local mountain. You’ll be dining where, according to legend, two young lovers (his last name was Gurtner) used to meet in secret – the ultimate romantic spot, complete with a beautiful view. What makes this dinner unique: all the plates are shared – you’re bound to become even closer. And an after-dinner stroll in the moonlight is the perfect ending to a romantic evening.
#4 Overnight Stay with a Twist
Kemmeriboden-Bad offers several romantic options: depending on the season, lovebirds can spend the night in a luxurious hayloft, an elegant garden tent or even an igloo. And your stay wouldn’t be complete without the delicious, multi-course dinner, hearty breakfast buffet with specialties from the Emmental and a snowshoe tour, bubble bath or relaxing trip to the spa.
#5 A Romantic Weekend in Burgdorf
The medieval city of Burgdorf in the idyllic Emmental region is perfect for a romantic getaway. There are plenty of activities, be it hiking, riding your bike or just relaxing. Our recommendation: spend the night at Hotel Stadthaus, where there’s a special offer for couples that includes a bottle of cham-pagne and a fruit basket in your room and a four-course candle-light dinner. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even be upgraded to one of the wonderful suites.
#6 A Laid-Back Brunch
Yum! What could be better than starting off the day with a long and relaxed brunch or breakfast? If you don’t have time to whip up pancakes or omelettes for a romantic breakfast in bed, you’ll find a number of brunch places throughout Bern – be it traditional, très chic or health conscious. Bon appétit!
BRUNCH IN BERN
#7 Cuddling with Alpacas
Fluffy, friendly and so cuddly: merely seeing an alpaca makes our heart skip a beat! In Ortschwaben, just a 10-minute bus ride from Bern’s main station, you can pet the cute animals – and go for a walk with them! First, you choose one of the farm’s alpacas, be it Gaby, Sugus, Quincy or whichever one is your favourite. Then, you can take your new buddy on a relaxing stroll through the forest, all the way to an idyllic little clearing with a view of Bern and the mountains – pure romance. And while cuddling and playing with the alpaca, lovebirds are sure to become even closer.
#8 Castle Romance
A romantic getaway fit for a king and queen: Hünigen Castle is perfect for relaxing in style and indulg-ing on delicious treats. Guests are pampered in every possible way, be it at the castle’s spa or at the restaurant, where they are served a five-course feast and, after staying the night in one of the elegant rooms, a hearty breakfast. You can either book a one- or two-night romantic stay.
#9 Arabian Nights in Bern
Unwind and relax with your loved one! At the Hammam & Spa Oktogon Bern with its beautiful oriental architecture, the two of you will spend a few hours immersed in another world. At the top of the wish list: the romantic “You and I” package. By the time you reach the second round of massages or the Sultan Bath, you’ll have forgotten that little spat over him leaving his socks lying around. Guaranteed!
#10 Enjoy the view from Laupen Castle
Beautifully crafted arcades, medieval timbered houses, ancient cobblestone alleys and a majestic castle perched on a sandstone rock above the city – welcome to Laupen! It’s only a 30-minute train ride from Bern and definitely worth a visit. Take your fair maiden or fair sir by the hand, let the quaint town take you back in time and enjoy the beautiful view of the Jura mountain range and the peaks of the Bernese Alps. Then, treat yourself to a coffee and snack at pretty Café am Kreuzplatz or a deli-cious lunch or dinner at Gasthof Bären.
OFF TO LAUPEN!
#11 Cellar Café Cosiness
When strolling through Bern’s alleys, you’ll see them everywhere: the steps that lead down into Bern’s typical vaulted cellars. Once used as pantries, they are now charming and unique cafés, bars and boutiques. Our recommendation: go to cosy Café Marta to relax, cuddle, enjoy coffee from Emmentaler Kaffee Manufaktur with warm cranberry scones and watch the hustle and bustle of the Old City.
#12 Bern Minster
The Bern Minster’s steeple is the tallest in the country and features a viewing platform overlooking the Bern’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding Bernese Mittelland – and, if you’re lucky, the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. It’s the perfect place to dream of your future to-gether. And after climbing the 312 steps to get there, your heart will already be racing.