Winter in Bern

Broadening your horizons, finally tackling things you’ve wanted to do for a long time and opening your senses: the desire for new things is palpable around the turn of the year. Fortunately, the destination of Bern wears many winter coats, and we can show you its variety.

Overnight stays

A glamorous suite in the heart of Bern’s old town, stylish accommodation in its trendy district or a romantic igloo in the snowy Emmental: it’s time to take a break after the hectic Advent season and treat yourself to a time-out in cosy Bern.

Activities

If learning how to cross-country ski or do pirouettes on the ice has been on your bucket list for a long time, this is the place for you: in the snow-covered forests of the Nature Park Gantrisch, the narrow slats will start to glide as if by magic, and against the spectacular backdrop of the Federal Palace it doesn’t matter if your Axel is not really up to par. Does that seem like too much hustle and bustle for you? Just click your way through our more leisurely experience ideas.

Food and beverage

The Christmas season is usually packed with appointments, so moments for two often come up short. Whether it’s with your sweetheart, your best friend or your brother – in Bern, the city of pleasure, you can catch up over an open-air raclette, an extensive brunch or a cosy fondue party.

Art and culture

Do you want to finally take a look behind the walls of the Zytglogge (time bell tower)? Or do you prefer going for an after-work beer at the museum? That’s how versatile Bern’s cultural scene is in winter.

  • Fact

    Speaking of evenings at the museum: from 16 March to 27 April 2022, the Bernese historic museum will open its doors every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to take you on a journey to the origins of money with "An Evening at the Museum - The Money Series".

Shopping

Fed up with run-of-the-mill shopping in hectic big cities? Off to Bern’s old town! In the studios, boutiques and stores under the Bernese arcades and inside the typical vaulted cellars, unique little shops are waiting to make your shopping trip in Bern a very special experience.

Spa days

According to statistics from the Zürcher Kantonalbank (cantonal bank), Bern is the quietest of the larger cities in Switzerland. We celebrate Bern’s cosiness and will start the new year in a relaxed way. How about slowing down while enjoying a spa day?

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