7 Bernese Highlights in March
The snow on the roads has melted and the thirst for action has thawed. Now, in March, nothing stands in your way to experience something new and unique.
Blunching on the Restaurant Terrace
We only have three words for you: sunrays, brunch, Aare. Doesn’t that just sound dreamy after the bitterly cold days of the Bernese winter? And for the icing on the cake, on 26 March, these three words will melt together, resulting in a scrumptious blunch in the conservatory of the restaurant «Casino Bern». And no, it’s not a typo: this offer was created especially for the late risers among you. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. you can indulge in a mixture of brunch and lunch whilst enjoying the warming midday sun. Make yourself comfortable, enjoy homemade delicacies and let the sunrays caress your face – now that is the pure Bernese lifestyle.
Just like a holiday
European Days of Handcrafts
From 31 March to 2 April you can feel the excitement and inspiration even in the far corners of the cosy city of Bern and you can dive into the world of craftwork during the annual European Days of Handcrafts (Europäische Tage des Kunsthandwerks – ETAK). Artists will provide insight into their creative activities in their studios and workshops in and around the UNESCO-designated old town as well as in museums and theatres. If you’re lucky, you can even lend a hand and let your newly found inspiration flow right there in their workplaces. Put down your cell phone and get to working with glass, wood, ceramics, leather, and many other materials.
A city full of creativity
Ping pong in the Villa Stucki
At school camp, during lunch break or during a free afternoon with your friends – for most people, a roundabout ping pong (running around the ping pong table while playing) was a staple in their childhood. So, why would you stop doing something that gave you so much joy? Rediscover your favourite activity in the Villa Stucki. Amateur or semi-pro, everybody is welcome. The roundabout is about fun and community. You can even play with a cold beverage in your free hand. There is still some time left until the next ping pong evening, so dust off your rackets and practice that unstoppable serve.
Racket in hand
Let it Beer
Do you prefer a blonde, a Pale Ale or rather a tart dark beer? At “Let it Beer”, visitors can sample the diverse world of hop beverages. Your taste buds will be challenged as regional Bernese breweries show off their best, newest and most unusual beer varieties. There are even some guests from abroad presenting their unique creations. In short, it’s a place to celebrate the rich culture of beer. Various food stands will also be serving tasty dishes that go with the golden liquid.
Open up the tap
Bern Museum Night
Lights on! For one night, the city of Bern will don its most colourful dress. The Museum Night is an annual highlight and will illuminate various cultural institutions in Bern on 17 March. There’s just one catch: which door do you want to peek behind this year? A classic like the Museum of Communication or the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) with its small windows? Or maybe you prefer something new like the Bern Animal Park Dälhölzli? It’s the first time the latter is taking part in Museum Night. Either way, the varied programme has numerous highlights in store.
Day off, lights on
For those making plans on short notice: the tourist information at the main station will be open and selling tickets until 8:00 p.m.
Kerala Dust at the Gaskessel
It doesn’t matter whether you are timidly bobbing your heads or unstoppably throwing your hands in the air or from which row you are listening to Kerala Dust’s concert: nobody will remain unmoved. The experimental electronic sounds get the audience to almost dance hypnotically to the music. The band and its new album «Violet Drive» can now be heard at the Gaskessel. In their new songs they are shifting from the past to the future, moving from their home in Great Britain to Berlin and Zurich, their new places of residence. The swinging basses mixed with down-to-earth drums create Kerala Dust’s excitedly beating heart and take their listeners on a luminous journey.
Booming boxes on
International Jazz Festival Bern
Renowned musicians from all over the world will assemble at Marians Jazzroom over the span of ten weeks. Smoky voices as well as saxophone sounds will take over the stage while the guests are swinging their hips to groovy music on the dance floor. Being one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Europe it attracts numerous visitors to the beautiful federal city every year. From B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ella Fitzgerald to Etta James – many stars have graced the stages of the International Jazz Festival Bern since 1976. So, it is high time you experience the top stars of the international jazz and blues scene for yourself.
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