6 Bernese Highlights in January
Three, two, one – who’s ready for the new year? The holidays are over, time for a new year, new heights, new perspectives, new adventures and new discoveries in the destination Bern.
Bern’s Best Sunsets
To start off, we’ve got some romantic moments in store for you. Why not fill a thermos with your favourite herbal tea and climb the hills of the destination Bern to watch the sunset? At this time of year, the colours are at their most spectacular, going from light blues and delicate lilacs to vibrant oranges to moody burgundies and purples, until all that’s left are the stars twinkling in the black night sky. Wear your warmest coat and stay a little longer – with a bit of luck, you’ll see a shooting star. Close your eyes and make a wish! This moment belongs to you alone. Bern’s world-class views are truly dreamy and inspiring. Evening glow, sweeping valleys, a moment to relax and indulge – a worthy start to the new year.
View from the Bern Minster
Head outside and spend some time in Bern’s Old City – or rather, above it. If you’ve only ever admired the Minster’s spire, which dates back all the way to the late Middle Ages, from the outside, you should take this as a sign to climb the 344 steps to the top – and to the most fantastic view. If you pay attention while going up the spiral stairs, you’ll spot the plaque on the balcony’s balustrade with the inscription “machs na” (roughly translated as “do the same”, seen as an encouragement to do great things) Once you reach the top, you’ll be blown away (figuratively, not literally) by the panoramic view over the entire city and the snow-capped Alps, we guarantee it!
Way up high
Did you know that the spire of the Bern Minster is the highest in all of Switzerland?
Snowshoeing in Emmental
When the muscles have recovered from climbing all those steps, it’s time to head into nature – a winter wonderland awaits on a tour through Emmental and Entlebuch, where you can enjoy the serene, snow-covered landscapes far away from the skiing slopes and the hustle and bustle of the city. All you’ll hear is the crunching of the fresh snow under your feet, and all you’ll see are the breathtaking views of snow-covered peaks. There are enough spots along the way to stop and marvel at the panorama and breathe in the crisp, clean air. The crowning glory after the two-hour tour is the hot pot for relaxation and a delicious fondue to recharge your batteries.
Discover the winter landscapes
Hungry for more new experiences? Eat your way through these excellent restaurants. What’s special about them: they all serve vegan food – be it a quick morning coffee, a Sunday brunch with friends, tasty takeout at lunch, or an elegant dinner in a restaurant with GaultMillau points. Don’t worry, sweet treats and desserts are on the menu, too. Some of the restaurants have even chosen to go all in and serve plant-based food only. Veganuary, here we come!
Joan Miró. New Beginnings
Just like fantastic artist Joan Miró, we too are looking for (and at) new beginnings at the Zentrum Paul Klee. From 28 January to 7 May, the renowned art museum is showing a part of his colourful dream worlds. What’s special about Joan Miró was that he never tired of questioning his artistic practise and trying out new techniques and materials. This exhibition is actually a perfect fit for Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee – Miró greatly admired Paul Klee and even once said: “Klee fut la rencontre capitale de ma vie” (“Klee was the decisive encounter in my life”), because it was through the confrontation with Klee’s work that he succeeded in finding a balance between figurative surrealism
Explore Joan Miró’s world
In Bern, the stars seem almost close enough to touch – especially when at the observatory atop the Gurten, Bern’s beloved local mountain. It invites you to explore the mysteries of the universe and marvel at faraway planets and galaxies. Who wouldn’t want to get a glimpse of distant worlds, far away from the lights and noises of the city? Every Tuesday evening, the observatory is open to the public, with professional supervision from the experts of Astro Events. Who knows, maybe Bern resident Albert Einstein once stood in the exact same place on the Gurten, gazing up at the stars and contemplating life.
Eyes on the skies