Summer in Bern

This summer in Bern is going to be hot! Let life in the destination Bern turn your head: Be it splashing around in what is probably Switzerland’s most beautiful open-air swimming pool with a view of the Parliament Building, a visit to one of Bern’s award-winning museums or cool vaulted cellars in the UNESCO-designated old town of Bern.

Cooling off

Feel like swimming in one of the free outdoor pools in the city of Bern or cooling off at one of the most beautiful natural bathing spots in the Nature Park Gantrisch, in the Emmental or Oberaargau? Here is some inspiration for summer activities.

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    There is now a circular-hike ticket for the classic high trail from the Gantrisch to the summit of the Stockhorn. Click here for the special offer.

Eating and drinking

How about a refreshing «Bern Mule» from one of Bern’s pop-up bars, a light, summery meal at a place that excels at sustainability, or exploring the old town and strolling through Bern’s shady arcades with a strawberry ice cream?


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    Of course, there are many more summer events in Bern. Take a look at our event calendar.

Art and culture

Feel like visiting award-winning exhibitions in Bern’s museums where it’s always wonderfully cool? They are definitely worth a visit. After all, Bern is home to some of the most important museums and galleries in Switzerland. In addition, we will reveal interesting and bizarre facts about Bern on our varied city tours.


Browse through the charming little shops in Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old Town looking for the perfect birthday present for your best friend or take a stroll through Bern’s weekly produce market to pick up some regional products for your barbecue, such as vegetables, meat, or fish – shopping in Bern is simply fun! And best of all: the six-kilometre-long arcades protect you from the blazing sun or from sudden summer thunderstorms.

Stay overnight

A budget room in a youth hostel right on the water, a glamorous suite in the heart of Bern’s old town or stylish accommodation in a trendy district: those who want to stay overnight in the destination Bern are spoilt for choice.

What to do when it’s pouring with rain?

Program for rain and bad weather

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