Top 7: fondue tips in Bern
Winter is fondue season! From charming chalet atmosphere to cozy cable cars and rickshaws: we reveal the 7 best cheese fondue experiences in Bern.
A charming chalet atmosphere and mountain views just a lift ride away from Bern railway station: As a cozy wooden restaurant in the heart of the city with the largest terrace in Switzerland, the Grosse Schanze invites you to enjoy delightful all-you-can-eat fondue evenings. If you like to experiment, then combine your fondue with prosecco and truffles. Alternatively, why not order a fondue chinoise (a fondue-style hot pot) or raclette? A Toblerone mousse is the perfect dessert to end the evening of typical Swiss cuisine.
Where Grosse Schanze Restaurant, Parkstrasse 10, 3012 Bern
The Grosse Schanze Restaurant is less than two minutes from Bern main station. The lift, which also takes you to the car park, whisks you straight from the platform to the area by the restaurant.
When From November 13 - December 22, 2017 Fondue served Monday – Saturday:
5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
For groups on request
Price All-you-can-eat fondue from CHF 27.50 Miscellaneous The restaurant seats 100 and can also be hired exclusively on request (only on Sundays).
When it comes to views, there’s no beating the Rosengarten Restaurant’s fondue veranda. And while the lights of Bern’s Old Town glisten outside the panoramic windows, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious feast. Fondue fans can choose between the house specialty (Schönried mountain cheese and creamy Heitenried), an Alpine herb fondue, a Seisler chili fondue, and a truffle fondue. An entire fondue menu including corn salad with egg, a Walliser meat platter, and “Süssmost-Creme” (a traditional sweet cider dessert) is available for about 55 francs. Candle light, soft seat coverings, and a crackling log fire create a stylish ambience.
Where Rosengarten Restaurant, Alter Aargauerstalden 31b, 3006 When October 2017 to February 2018 Fondue served Daily:
11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Price Fondue from CHF 29.50
Fondue menu including corn salad with egg, a Walliser meat platter, and traditional Swiss Süssmost-Creme CHF 54.50 per person
Alpine romanticism in the heart of the capital! This winter, four delightful cable car gondolas from Gstaad-Saanenland holiday region have made their way into the garden of the Marzilibrücke Restaurant and offer the perfect fondue setting under the boughs of the large chestnut trees. A feast for both the stomach and the eyes: The gondolas are lovingly decorated in chalet style with red-and-white plaid curtains, warm furs, and accessories like old ski poles to make you feel as though you are up in the mountains. The restaurant not only serves cheese fondue – classic or with black truffles – with bread, potatoes, gherkins, and silverskin onions, but also Gstaad specialties. Incidentally, this is the oldest restaurant in the famous Marzili quarter, right by the Aare river. So what better way to help your meal go down than with a night-time stroll by the water? Tip: book in plenty of time as the gondolas are in high demand!
Where Marzilibrücke Restaurant, Gasstrasse 8, 3005 Bern When November 6, 2017 – January 31, 2018 Fondue served Monday – Saturday:
11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Price Fondue from CHF 29.50
Fondue menu with salad and dessert CHF 45.00
Miscellaneous For larger groups (company parties, club functions or birthdays), the Marzilibrücke Restaurant serves fondue in two charming rooms, one of which is also designed in a chalet look.
Have you headed for the Christmas markets and now fancy some fondue and white wine? Then get stuck in! The Platzhirsch restaurant on Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square) in Bern serves up everything you need to enjoy a fondue under the starry sky. As well as a shoulder bag containing bread and a fork, a fondue table, and all the necessary ingredients, the Platzhirsch also provides an amusing, international “how to fondue” guide (even available in Chinese and Korean!) to help tourists and first-timers make their very own fondue.
Where Platzhirsch Restaurant, Waisenhausplatz, 3011 Bern
Right by the Waisenhausplatz Christmas market
When December 2 – 24, 2017 Fondue served Daily 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Price CHF 25
A special fondue experience for lovers, bon vivants, and anyone hungry for something new: a fondue carriage ride! While you dip pieces of bread into the hot cheese and sip on a crisp glass of white wine, the driver will entertain you with fun anecdotes and fascinating facts about the Swiss capital. Woolen blankets and soft, fleecy seat covers keep you toasty and warm as you head through the romantically lit streets of Bern Old Town. The perfect Advent or Christmas gift for your loved one!
Fondue on Bern’s Riviera: The Schwellenmätteli Restaurant offers an impressively unique location. Right on the banks of the Aare river with views of the lights of the Old Town, the chalet-like extension invites you to enjoy a rustic fondue feast. The caquelon pots bubble away with six different dishes, including Bärefondü with sausage and bacon. Literally meaning “bear fondue”, this is rumored to make you as strong as a bear! Groups can also book several winter activities such as ice sculpture carving or curling. As an added bonus, anyone who wants to take a bit of Alpine hut magic home with them can purchase parts of the lovingly designed fixtures.
Where Schwellenmätteli Restaurant, Dalmaziquai 11, 3005 Bern
Right by the Aare river.
When November 1, 2017 – February 24, 2018 Fondue served November, January, and February:
Wednesday – Saturday, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Monday – Saturday, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Price Fondue from CHF 29.50
Fondue menu with salad and dessert from CHF 54.50 (only for groups with more than 10 pax)
Miscellaneous The “fondue hut” can also be booked outside the standard opening hours for groups of 50 or more. Book your table early.
For reservations, please call +41 31 350 50 01 or use the online reservation tool at www.schwellenmaetteli.ch.
Ice skating on Bundesplatz is a truly unique experience! Every year, thousands of locals and visitors lace up their skates and head for the ice in front of the impressive Swiss Parliament Building. A mug of Glühwein and a hearty fondue in the ice rink restaurant are the perfect way to warm up afterwards. The menu includes a classic fondue with Emmental, Greyerz, and Freiburg Vacherin, seasoned with cherries and garlic. A “fondue of the week” is also available. The ideal destination for families, groups, or for company outings.
Where Bundesplatz Bern ice rink restaurant tent, Bundesplatz 1, 3011 Bern When December 20, 2017 to February 18, 2018 Fondue served Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Price Fondue CHF 26