Take a walk, listen to the rustling autumn leaves, and try to find some chestnuts – you can never get enough of nature during the most colourful season of the year. Fans of leisure and sports alike can discover the golden landscape with these tips.
Walks in the city and region of Bern
These walks in the Bern region will make you forget all about meetings and schedules and let you take a deep breath of fresh air. In the fall, they are especially magical: lakescapes become calm and clear, the view of Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old City from the Rose Garden stuns with a colour palette ranging from deep green to crimson, and fluffy squirrels scurry through the thickets on a relaxing forest walk. The views alone are motivation enough to head outside and discover what autumn in Bern has to offer!
Fresh air and rustling leaves
Hiking in the city and region of BernA relaxed stroll along the tranquil Aare river, a fun excursion to the Oberaargau region, an adventurous hike with beautiful views in the iconic Gantrisch range: here’s some inspiration for walks and hikes in and around the destination Bern.Hiking in the city and region of BernMore
Cycling Tours BernSo much more than riding an e-bike: Nature, culture and stories on our unique thematic routes around Bern – Switzerland's federal capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.Cycling Tours BernMore
Food and drinks
Pumpkin soup in a deep orange, a plate with local game and red cabbage, homemade spaetzli and “Vermicelles” (dessert made from chestnuts) with fresh cream for dessert – if your mouth is starting to water, you should definitely try the Bernese cuisine in autumn.
“Good for the environment and even better for the taste buds” is true for everything on the menus of these eateries. Be it the oat milk for the coffee, the carrots for the autumn-inspired vegetable pie, or the meat for the traditional Cordon bleu: these ingredients can be proud of where they’re from. Discover our favourite Bernese restaurants at which sustainability is not just an empty promise.
Our top places in Bern’s neighbourhoodsFrom Länggasse and Breitenrain to Mattenhof – visiting Bern’s neighbourhoods is the best way to experience the capital’s relaxed, easy-going way of life. Every neighbourhood has its own character and its own bars, restaurants and bistros. Here are our 17 favourites.Our top places in Bern’s neighbourhoodsMore
Our 15 restaurant tips with traditional Swiss cuisineSwiss food is diverse and incredibly tasty. Find out where in Bern you can get a taste of Switzerland with delicious, lovingly prepared classics such as Cordon bleu, Rösti with eggs, or Raclette.Our 15 restaurant tips with traditional Swiss cuisineMore
We’ve been waiting to hear “Heisse Marroni!” (roasted chestnuts) all year long. The little chestnut huts will satiate your stomach and warm your cold fingers at the same time.
- Bahnhofplatz, LOEB-Ecke Bulloni AG
- Bahnhofplatz, on the western side of the Heiliggeistkirche, Bulloni AG
- Neuengasse, station exit, Marroni Tricolore SA
- Bärenplatz, Maletti Marco
- Waisenhausplatz at eye-level with the Zeughausgasse, Marroni-Import Gysi & Strazzini AG
- Below the Zytglogge (Clock Tower), Zytglogge Marroni GmbH, Bajrami Zudi
The cultural events in the destination of Bern are as colourful as the leaves in autumn: musicians are tuning their instruments and actors are guiding visitors into new worlds in the vaulted cellars below the arcades. A walk under the colourful tree-lined avenues leads you to the award-winning museums that will never seize to amaze their visitors.
Days of Arts and Culture: Kulturherbst Bern
Autumn in Bern is filled with arts and culture. Art and design, music and live performances, architecture, traditional craftsmanship, history and culinary delights: Bern’s Kulturherbst (Days of Arts and Culture) is a treat for all long-time and aspiring culture aficionados. It is not an event series with a fixed programme, but a collection of culture bucket lists for all tastes. The best approach? Just go with the Bernese flow and take in as much as you can along the way.
To the Kulturherbst
Grey days and autumn showers? Escape the bad weather and visit the Swiss Alpine Museum to learn more about the past and future of the Alpine regions, or the Museum of Communication for an interactive and educational experience. Bern’s museums are so popular and well-curated that some of them have even received awards for their fantastic exhibitions. And there are many of them, which makes it hard to choose – good thing we’ve put together a list of museum tips, recommendations, and current special exhibitions.
Spooky BernThe “Spooky Bern” city tour is a skin-tingling stroll through Bern’s underworld, where stories of ghosts and other specters abound. After all, the medieval narrow streets of Bern’s Old Town are fertile ground for scary stories and grisly secrets. Encounters with witches, mysterious dark shapes and banished spirits await during the tour.City ToursSpooky BernMore
UNESCO Stroll through the Old CityThe little alleys, baroque buildings and important sights of the medieval city tell an exciting story. Find out about Bern’s history on the classic UNESCO tour of the Old City.City Tours, Bern in 24 hours, Why Bern?UNESCO Stroll through the Old CityMore
Autumn is many a fashionista’s favourite season. Relax in one of the numerous cozy cafés, trendy bars, or charming restaurants after a successful shopping spree and enjoy the unique treasures you’ve found in Bern’s boutiques.
Bernese TreasuresShopping in Bern’s Old City is a unique experience. Countless quaint shops, elegant boutiques and creative studios can be found below the historic arcades. Here are some of our favourites!Bernese TreasuresMore
The most beautiful vaulted cellars in BernVaulted cellars are a characteristic feature of Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Countless charming cafés, restaurants and boutiques now occupy these spaces where goods were once stored. We will reveal which places are really worth descending the steps and exploring.The most beautiful vaulted cellars in BernMore
Where to stay
Anybody can find suitable accommodation in Bern. Are you looking to stay in a cosy neighbourhood, close to the nightlife, or in a luxurious 5-star suite? Bern’s hotels offer a suitable place to stay for everybody. To help you choose the right one for you, we’ll even reveal our hotel tips.
In Bern, there’s an accommodation for every taste. Pretty B&Bs pamper their guests with homemade breakfast, elegant hotel rooms offer the most spectacular views, and cool hostels have comfortable beds for visitors on a budget. After a jam-packed day in Bern’s cultural scene, being able to go back to an inviting place is particularly welcome. Whether you want a room with a view of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) or the possibility to enjoy a beer straight from the in-house brewery, Bern has got you covered.
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Hotel offers for families
There are all kinds of fun things to experience on a family trip to Bern. And you don’t need to worry about accommodation: in selected Bernese hotels, families benefit from free overnight stays for their children up to the age of 16. The perfect offer when discovering the diverse autumn programme ranging from the spectacular light show on Parliament Square to exciting musicals to spooky guided city tours, leaving enough of your budget to enjoy the many beautiful, fun, entertaining things Bern has to offer.
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