Things to do in Bern

Bern – Home of Albert Einstein, Chocolate and World Heritage Site

Bern is the capital of Switzerland, beautiful, and famous for many things. There is a large range of things to do in Bern while on vacation and it also lies near well-known locales such as Interlaken or Wengen and therefore makes a great travel base to visit other places as well.


Things to do in Bern

Holiday goers can have fun with winter activities like skiing, skating, snowboarding, sled riding, curling, or even ice climbing. If you prefer to stay warm, have fun indoors with swimming, bowling, tennis, squash or keep fit at one of the local gyms.


Bern Shopping

You can also go shopping in one of Europe’s longest shopping streets called the Arcades. It is home to world renown designers and brands and unique Swiss ones as well. Two markets not to miss are the folk festival on the 4th Monday in November and the annual Christmas market.


Bern Museums

History lovers will enjoy the various museums like the Einstein Museum, the museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History, or the Swiss Alpine Museum. All offer great exhibits and insight into the history of Bern and the country of Switzerland.


Bern Zoo

If you like animals come to see the Bern Zoo with its creatures from the local country to view.


Bern Expo

If you are passionate about exhibits, don’t miss the Bern Expo, a mix of trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, convention activities and events, which are in four sets of buildings and 8 halls.


When to go to Bern

Regardless of when during the year you visit the city, there are always things to do in Bern. If you love music, don’t miss the International Jazz Festival held every year in March. Bern features a mild, wet marine west coast climate with no dry season, so holiday goers should be prepared for rain. The average annual temperature is about 8.6 degrees Celsius (47.5 degrees Fahrenheit) and it rains about 986 mm (38.8 in), but still has about 1,756 hours of sunshine a year too. That translates into plenty of sunny days!


Things to do in Bern

Bern Facts

Population127 515
LanguageFrench, Italian, German
CurrencySwiss Franc
AirportBern Belp, Switzerland (BRN)

Bern average temperatures

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Bern ski vacations - All degrees of difficulty

With the Alps as a neighbor Switzerland’s capital Bern offers you a number of small ski areas, perfect for all of you who love skiing. All it takes to get there is a short car-ride for about 45 minutes. If you are looking for an advance and to challenge yourself Mürren is full of black pistes. Every year the alpine world elite do slalom and downhill racing in Wengen, close to Grindelwald. This is a great place for you to test your skills. However, if you are looking for some more child- friendly skiing, you should visit Adelboden and Meiringen- Hasliberg. They offer a lot of blue pistes and beautiful views at 7 546 ft (2 300 m).

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Bern Opera House

Stadttheater Bern

The Stadttheater Bern is a theatre and opera house in the city of Bern offering over 300 performances every season including classic and modern ones. Among the complementary services you can find Ballet & Wine, a ballet rehearsal accompanied by a wine tasting experience. Go to their website to find out this season’s program!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Bern - Old City of Berne

The old city of Berne was founded in the 12th century and it is an outstanding example of a city conserving its medieval urban structure while keeping up with the evolution of architectonic styles and technologies and its development as a capital city, a fact that has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to get to know the old city of Berne is to walk through it and find its attractions such as the outstanding astronomical clock tower and the beautiful fountains.

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Jungfrau Marathon

The Jungfrau Marathon is one of the steepest and most challenging marathons in the world. With an elevation of almost 6.000 feet (1800 meters) it demands a lot from the participants. But for the ones who accept the challenge, amazing scenery and bragging rights awaits. The course starts relatively easy in the city of Interlaken and goes past Lake Brienz towards Lauterbrunnen on a flat surface. After that the main climb begins where the runners make their way up to Wengen and continues climbing until they reach the highest point at 7.000 feet over sea level at Wengernalp. For the brave marathon runners that make it there, a relaxing downhill is rewarded to them towards the finish line at Kleine Scheidegg. If you are up for a challenging but beautiful marathon, this is the one for you!

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Golf in Bern

There are a couple of courses near Bern. Two of the best that we want to recommend are the 27 hole Golfpark Moossee and 18 hole Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen. On Golfpark Moossee, apart from a normal 18 hole round of golf you can also choose to play on their challenging 9 hole course, which can be a great activity for the evening.

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