In the mood for an e-bike tour along the e-bike route Radwanderroute 888 – Grünes Band Bern, a spring stroll to the Rosengarten to see (and smell) the roses, or an excursion to one of the capital’s most exciting playgrounds? The destination Bern offers all kinds of activities and experiences for nature lovers.
E-Bike Tours in Bern
Hop on an e-bike and enjoy the first warm days of spring outdoors, be it riding up and down the rolling hills of the Emmental valley or discovering the Laupen Historical Loop. The destination Bern has four e-bike routes that let you explore some of the region’s most beautiful places. Old tales, quaint towns, inspiring landscapes, and quiet sports to rest and linger – there’s a perfect route for everyone. If you feel like extending your stay, you can spend the night at one of the pretty inns along the way and enjoy the Bernese joie de vivre a little longer.
Bern on a bike
The bears are up
Spring fever? That’s something that not just Bern’s two-legged inhabitants know! As soon as temperatures start rising, brown bears Finn, Björk and Ursina come out of hibernation. Still a bit groggy, they come out to explore their home at Bern AnimalPark, BearPark, where they have been since 2008 and which has a large bath and lots of trees, bushes, and caves on around 6,000 square metres. If you’re lucky, you might even catch bear male Finn during his swim. Our recommendation: after your visit, head over to Altes Tramdepot and enjoy a freshly brewed beer on the sunny terrace.
The Gurten is the Bernese’s favourite local mountain. There’s so much to do there! Now that the temperatures are rising, it’s worth getting up early to reach the top in time for the sunrise. If you’re more of a night owl, you can visit the Gurten’s observatory at night and explore the secrets of the universe. The Gurten is great for children, too: be it an adrenaline rush on the toboggan run, discovering flora and fauna in the little “Gurtengärtli” (garden) or marvelling at the 300-metre ball path – you’ll never get bored here!
To Bern’s local mountain
Cherry Blossoms at the Rose GardenFor a few days each spring, the Rosengarten celebrates “la vie en rose”: around the end of March, the delicate blossoms of the Japanese cherry trees turn a part of the park into a sea of pink. Here’s how to make sure you know when the buds open and the magic begins.Cherry Blossoms at the Rose GardenMore
The most beautiful walks in the city and region of BernAre you feeling like exploring the region on a relaxed stroll? Whether by the water in the Oberaargau, on Bern’s beloved local mountain, or through the forest in the Emmental valley: here are our favourite routes in Bern.The most beautiful walks in the city and region of BernMore
Top 5: Best views in the city of BernWhere can I find a beautiful view in Bern to take souvenir photos or enjoy the sunset? We know the five best spots for breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s rooftops and the peaks of the Bernese Oberland.Top 5: Best views in the city of BernMore
The Best Views in the Bern RegionViews of the beautiful Gantrisch range, the Swiss capital, or the world-famous mountain triumvi-rate Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland – there are so many scenic points with spectacular views in and of the Bern region. Here are our favourites.The Best Views in the Bern RegionMore
Eating and drinking
Are you tired of root vegetables? Fortunately, an increasingly diverse selection of regional products can be found at Bern’s weekly farmer’s markets now that spring has begun. If you prefer eating out, make yourself comfortable on one of the many cozy restaurant terraces in the destination Bern.
Bernese Beer Tour
Maybe it’s still a little too nippy to spend the evening outside? Then you should try out the Bernese Beer Tour: you’ll get to know and taste different beers and spend a relaxed evening moving from one iconic beer bar to the next. The tour begins at the Altes Tramdepot and continues to OnTap and Au Trappiste, a bar steeped in history, and then ends at Barbière. At every stop, experienced beer sommeliers and sommelières from Bern share fun anecdotes and key facts and figures. You’ll be more than well equipped for the next round of small talk over a few beers.
The most beautiful restaurant terraces in the city and region of BernBreathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Whether it’s a local pub directly on the Aare river or an award-winning restaurant beside a lake, these terraces are the perfect place to enjoy a meal.The most beautiful restaurant terraces in the city and region of BernMore
Our favourite sustainable restaurantsConsciously regional: Do you want to know where the meat or the carrot on your plate is from? You’ve come to the right place. These are our favourite restaurants in Bern – they not only promise sustainable enjoyment, but actually serve it.Our favourite sustainable restaurantsMore
Art and Culture
This year, the Bernese spring is kicking off with a big dose of culture: The Night of the Museums on 17 March will once again see the facades of the Old City lit up and welcome visitors into 37 cultural institutions. But even when the sun rises and the Night of the Museums is over, there are still plenty more events as well as interesting and sometimes bizarre things to discover about Bern, for example on a guided tour of the city.
Bern’s MuseumsLooking for a museum to visit in Bern? You’re spoiled for choice! From internationally renowned special exhibitions to private collections to interactive events – here’s an overview.Bern’s MuseumsMore
1848 – Bern’s birth as a federal cityThe political epicentre of Switzerland: Although Bern is referred to informally as the “capital of Switzerland”, officially it has been a “federal city” since 1848. On this tour, participants will learn why that is and who was rather pessimistic about this decision.City Tours, Why Bern?, Why Bern?1848 – Bern’s birth as a federal cityMore
Browsing for a birthday gift for your best friend in the charming little shops of Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old City or visiting Bern’s farmer’s market to buy regional products such as veggies, meat or fish for a barbecue – going shopping in Bern is so much fun! And the best thing about it: thanks to the 6 kilometres of arcades, shoppers are protected in any weather.
MarketsA stroll over the markets is exciting – each small street and square has its own little scene. The unique scenery of the UNESCO world heritage in Bern is truly something to see.ShoppingMarketsMore
Bern's Best Flea MarketsWhere and when do the very best Bernese flea markets take place? We’ll tell you this and much more in our comprehensive flea market guide for everyone who loves bargains, chance finds and just having a leisurely stroll around the stands and purchasing a little something just for the heck of it – Bernese-style.Shopping, Why Bern?, Why Bern?Bern's Best Flea MarketsMore
Where to stay
Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly room in a cozy Emmental hotel, a glamorous suite in the heart of Bern’s Old City, or a stylish accommodation in a trendy neighbourhood: Bern offers everything your heart desires.
Hotel offers for families
Families profit from a free overnight stay for children under the age of 16 in a selection of Bernese hotels. Be it active or relaxed, in an urban setting or the breathtaking landscapes of the Bernese countryside: thanks to the federal city’s central location, the many diverse activities and experiences are only a stone’s throw away.
Accommodations in Bern
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. If you’re visiting Bern as a group, you should opt for one of the many inviting apartments to experience the laid-back Bernese joie de vivre just like the locals do.