The best winter excursions in the region of Bern
Snow-covered mountains and hilly winter landscapes are calling! From tobogganing and snowshoeing to conventional and cross-country skiing, the Bern region has plenty to offer in winter. Just a stone’s throw from the city, winter sports enthusiasts can find everything their hearts desire.
From the capital to the slopes
Many well-known and large ski areas such as the Jungfrau ski region, Adelboden-Lenk, Meiringen-Hasliberg, and Gstaad are located less than a 90-minute drive from Bern. A smaller and lesser known option is the Bumbach/Schangnau ski area in the Emmental. This fabulous location is a particularly great low-cost alternative for families and beginners. Did you know: world champion Beat Feuz learned to ski here!
Tobogganing fun under the stars
At 1,490 meters above sea level, the Riggisalp offers fun in the snow after dark! Whiz down the four-kilometer-long, well-lit toboggan run while snow crystals glisten all around you in the moonlight. Our tip: fortify yourself first with a tasty fondue in the Bärghuus Riggisalp and head to the Gypsi bar afterwards for a nightcap.
Snowshoe tour “hot and cold”
Yearning for the tranquility of nature? Then the snowshoe tour “hot and cold” through the beautiful Napf region is the perfect choice! An experienced guide will lead you almost silently through snow-covered landscapes, like something out of a fairy tale. The necessary equipment is provided and after the two-hour tour, a relaxing dip into the Hot Tub and a delicious fondue are awaiting you.
Cross-country skiing a stone’s throw from Bern
Did you know that cross-country skiing is one of the healthiest sports in the world? In the Nature Park Gantrisch, just a 30 minutes drive from Bern, a cross-country skiing paradise with 45 kilometers of perfectly groomed trails awaits you at an elevation of 1,450 to 1,650 meters above sea level. The perfect spot for endurance skiers, outdoor lovers, and anyone who wants to try a peaceful sport in a stunning setting.
Schwarzsee Ice Palace
Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world of light and ice! Every winter, in a small wood near the Schwarzsee lake, passionate ice artist Karl Neuhaus builds a colorful paradise of caves, grottos, igloos, and up to 15-meter-high ice sculptures. If you start to get chilly, the ice palace’s bar is the perfect place to warm up and perhaps even cook your own cervelat sausage on the fire. There is a children’s playground on site.
A night in an igloo
The height of romance! Spending a night in the Kemmeriboden-Bad hotel’s very own igloo is a truly unforgettable experience. After hiking through the snow (hotel guests can use snowshoes free of charge), you can warm up with a delicious fondue or relax in the spa area with a sauna, steam shower, and hot tub. Please note that the Hotel is closed until December 26.