Summer in the city and region of Bern

Hot, hotter, summer in Bern! We’ve got refreshing ideas and experiences in the destination Bern lined up to keep you cool this summer. Dive in!

Cooling off

Is there anything better on a hot day than jumping in the cool water? How about a swim in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful outdoor pools, complete with a spectacular view of the Parliament Building? Or cooling off at a secluded natural bathing spot in the Gantrisch Nature Park, the Emmental valley, the Oberaargau region, or the quaint town of Laupen? The destination Bern has all kinds of refreshing activities in store for you this summer.

The two Bernese restaurants Röschtigrabe and Entrecôte Fédérale have turned their menus upside down for the summer, offering tasty takeout. The meals are fresh, colourful, yummy – and ordered right next to the water feature on Parliament Square.

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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.