6 Highlights for October in Bern
It’s already been a month, and we’ve been enjoying the wonderful performances of the cultural autumn in Bern. Why stop when it’s so beautiful? October not only offers golden rays of sunshine, but also a programme that lasts well into the evenings.
Festival del Vino
Benvenuti a tutti lovers of fine wines out there! Before this Indian summer turns into autumn, the Bernese Vinoteca from the house of Bindella wants you to enjoy some Italianità under the arcades. So, let’s cheers with a “Cin Cin” to the golden season, to vino, and to being together outdoors. From 6 to 8 October, more than 60 exquisite Italian wines will be uncorked. Try some red, white or bubbly and make sure to munch on a grissini or two, to keep your head from spinning. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect “trip” to the Kornhaus? There is no entrance fee for the festival but booking a ticket with a timeslot is a must!
Tickets for the wine festival
Get your autumn sweaters ready
Was that a gust of wind? The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping – it’s officially autumn. Or, as the Americans like to say: it’s sweater weather. And because all we were wearing during this hot summer was skirts and shorts, we’ll first have to find the perfect sweater. If you’re not happy with the ones in your wardrobe, or you simply want to treat yourself to something new: we have a few ideas on where to get one. On a tour through our favourite second-hand shops for example. Or how about you look for it on a flea market or even knit one yourself? Or you could take advantage of a foggy Saturday and dive into some truly amazing shops and support local design and businesses.
Off to a stroll through the old town
Blue Hour with Creaviva
Why is it called the Blue Hour? Because the light conditions are particularly picturesque at dusk. However, nobody expects the participants of this evening at the Creaviva studio to follow in Picasso’s footsteps. But you never know. All you need to bring is a bit of interest in taking a closer look at a selected work from the Zentrum Paul Klee with like-minded people and be willing to try out a new design technique in the practical part afterwards. This cool event takes place this month on 13 and 27 October. And after the hard part is done, you can enjoy a cosy aperitif in the studio!
Make a reservation
Rendezvous Bundesplatz (on the Parliament Square) with «Point Nemo»
Light, lasers, action: from 22 October, the façade of the Parliament will once again be transformed into a very special spectacle six evenings a week (except Mondays). This year, we’re diving into the deep sea, meaning sparkling plankton, mighty kraken, and funny seahorses. I’m sorry? A light show in the middle of an energy crisis? A legitimate question. But the organiser’s answer is just as legitimate: “The Rendezvous is extremely energy-efficient and consumes about the same amount of electricity in five weeks as a single football match in the stadium”, Brigitte Roux recently told the “Berner Zeitung”. So, switch off your lights and your TV and see the Rendezvous!
Enjoy the light show
Bar hopping in the Breitsch
You think you can only find excavators in the Breitenrain? Breaking news: this large construction site is slowly shrinking and the Breitschplatz is becoming a neighbourhood again. High time for a bit of bar hopping! You can follow the Moserstrasse and hop from Viktor (right next to the chic new roundabout) to Vis-à-Vis to Noy and then to Barbière, directly on the Breitenrainplatz itself. Beer lovers will get their money’s worth there. By the way, this is also the last stop on the Bernese Beer Tour, which also makes its way from bar to bar. A little service announcement: on the last weekend in October, you can sleep in a bit longer. Yes, it’s that time of the year, we’re setting back the clocks.
Go on a Bernese Beer Tour
A culture-filled night in Burgdorf
Why not take a trip to the Emmental in the evening? There’s more to discover than the beautiful landscape – the Bernese cultural autumn is also celebrated in Burgdorf. And not on a small scale: the Kulturnacht packs a punch. The fact that local cultural institutions are opening their doors for the 17th time on 22 October speaks for itself. You can see and experience excerpts from their cultural programme for the coming season – so to speak a foretaste of winter. Cultural associations, music and theatre groups, choirs and orchestras as well as artists and writers are taking part. As we said: this night packs a cultural punch.
To the programme