E-Bike Tours around Bern
Four unique themed bike tours take you around the city of Bern, over the Frienisberg plateau, through the Laupen region and the Gantrisch Nature Park. Every route is dedicated to a specific topic: nature and agriculture, scenery, tales and myths, and time. Guests are invited to visit the discovery panels and dive into the history and stories of the region and its people. And if you stay at the charming inns along the way, you can combine the routes and discover them all in four stages.
On your bikes, get set, go!
Green Aare Walk
In Bern, you don’t need to be a swimmer to fully enjoy the Aare river and its unmistakable charm. Going for a stroll along our favourite river is the perfect celebration of Bern’s characteristic, relaxed joie de vivre. From the Botanical Garden to the protected meadows of Elfenau park – the Green Aare Walk takes you through the federal city one green oasis at a time and is packed with culture and culinary delights.
Along the Aare
SDG stands for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. They comprise a world at peace in which no one has to experience hunger, land and water ecosystems are protected, and consumption and production do not exceed planetary boundaries. The aim is to accomplish this by 2030. If you’re wondering whether that’s realistic, go on the 4-kilometre SDG Walk through Bern's Old City to discover all of the things that are being done to reach these goals.
With its six kilometres of arcades, Bern is home to one of the longest covered shopping streets in Europe. That’s great for rainy weather, but more importantly, it enables people with disabilities to discover Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old City without having to deal with the cobblestones. On the barrier-free route through the city, visitors pass impressive landmarks, cultural institutions, and of course some great places to stop for a tasty meal or a coffee.
To the barrier-free route
Sustainable Food and Drink
Our Favourite Vegan Eateries
Be it in the bustling heart of the city, in a quiet residential neighbourhood, or on the Gurten, Bern’s local mountain: Switzerland’s capital is big on sustainability, making Bern a mecca for vegans – your taste buds can feast on plant-based treats from sunrise to sunset. Our 14 recommendations even include a restaurant with GaultMillau points and, for those with a sweet tooth, the city’s favourite gelateria.
The Best Sustainable Restaurants
The shorter the distances, the better for the environment. If you’re interested in knowing exactly where the meat or the carrots on your plate are from, read on: at these great Bernese restaurants, sustainability is not just an empty promise. So, what will it be? A tofu medallion with a coconut sauce, homemade horse tartar, or simply a locally brewed beer?
To our faves
Bern, the Beer Capital
In Bern, there’s a lot of experimenting and brewing going on everywhere – including back rooms, garages, and laundry rooms. Over 200 breweries are registered here, more than anywhere else in the country. Locally brewed craft beer and Bern just go together like hops and malt! Discover the local beer variety on an expert-led beer tour, a guided city tour complete with after-work beer, or an individual pub crawl with friends.
Dive into Bern’s brewing scene
Getting up, getting ready, and grabbing a coffee to go on your way to work to start the day off right – sound like a familiar morning routine? But: those tasty morning coffees come in disposable cups, which means they generate waste. That’s where Kooky comes in: Instead of a paper cup, get a Kooky cup at a point of sale. Once it’s empty, you can return it to one of the drop-off stations (keep your eyes open, they are everywhere – for example in front of the Tourist Information at the train station). Sounds like the perfect solution to us!
What makes Bern so great? There are lots of things, of course, including the innovative, forward-thinking minds that got together to found the Bernese start-up company reCIRCLE – we’re sure you’ve seen the purple food containers in everyone’s hands at lunchtime. Instead of producing new takeout containers that end up in the trash, you can use the environmentally friendly reCIRCLE food and drink containers for your takeout and then return them to one of the vending points. Genius!
Sustainable Shopping in Bern
You’ll find the most charming and special shops in Bern’s UNESCO-listed lower part of the Old City, which begins at the Zytglogge (Clock Tower): under its arcades and in its characteristic vaulted cellars, there are ateliers, boutiques, and quaint shops run by locals – unique gems that make a sustainable shopping spree in Bern unforgettable. Many of these stores can only be found in Bern, like Bernese perfume maker Brigitte Witschi’s atelier “Art of Scent”.
Add to your shopping list
Our Best Thrift ShopsFrom a 1950s retro radio to a crystal set from grandma’s cabinet: a good “Brocki” (Swiss German for thrift shop) is a true treasure trove for vintage fans and bargain hunters. We proudly present: our Brocki guide!Our Best Thrift ShopsMore
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
From the federal city of Bern through the rolling hills of the Emmental to pretty Lucerne or through the Aaretal to beautiful Lake Thun and on to the neighbouring canton of Valais: with its 420 kilometres of well-developed route network and characteristic Swiss punctuality, the BLS regional railway and its diverse offers are perfect for discovering the destination Bern in all its diversity. It also offers lots of tips for excursions, be it bike tours, hikes, or boat trips.
Travel comfortably and sustainably
If you’ve got long distances ahead of you and prefer the comfort and flexibility of a car, you’ll find different electric vehicles for rent at Drive E24 in Münsingen, just a few minutes by train from Bern.
Rent a Bicycle
At the SBB luggage counter in Bern’s main station, the TCS Bern Eymatt campground, and other interesting locations in the destination Bern, you can rent bicycles from “Rent a Bike” for longer tours. Simply reserve the desired bike, be it with or without an electric motor, in advance and then pick it up at and return it to the chosen location. By the way: the “Rent a Bike” rental contract also serves as a train ticket for the rented bicycle.
Swissôtel Kursaal Bern
If you’re planning a carbon-neutral event or overnight stay, you have come to the right address. For conferences, guests pay an extra 1% of the net sum, for overnight stays, 2 Francs per person and night – and the Kursaal doubles it. This arrangement has helped pay for a photovoltaic system on the roof, among other things. Speaking of the roof: the hotel’s rooftop terrace is home to around 300,000 bees with ten queens. This means that you can enjoy homemade honey for breakfast year-round. Yum! And once a year, the bears at Bern’s BearPark are in for a treat, too: in the spring, when their hibernation is over, they get to indulge on some Kursaal honey, too.
Sustainability at the Kursaal
Sustainability in the Destination Bern
Swisstainable and Other Commitments
We take a stand for sustainable tourism in the travel and business destination Bern and are part of the sustainability programme Swisstainable by Switzerland Tourism, among other things. Together, we aim to develop sustainable offers and ensure that our beautiful nature is preserved for coming generations.
Further information (only in German)
Business Destination Bern – 10 Reasons Why
It is Europe’s second-greenest capital and a hub for culture, with short distances and the punctuality and reliability of a Swiss watch: there are many reasons why Bern is the perfect site for meetings, workshops, and events. If you’re looking for inspiration while putting together a social programme or you’re working on organizing your next event in Bern, feel free to contact the team at the Bern Convention Bureau which offers free assistance.
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