Sports in Bern Get active in Switzerland!

The Swiss are active and sport-loving. Whether daring or relaxed, in- or outdoors, you're sure to find year-round activities that inspire you.

Sports in Switzerland

Switzerland has an abundance of natural playgrounds and is a paradise for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether water, air, or earth is your preferred element or you live for the adrenalin rush of extreme sports, Switzerland will have something for you.

There is a huge choice of winter and summer sports in Switzerland, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, mountaineering, cycling, mountain biking, golf, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding. Most sports facilities are easily reachable by public transport. Season tickets and club memberships will help to reduce costs.

Sports in Bern and surrounds

  • Sportamt Bern offers detailed information on sports facilities, clubs and activities in Bern.
  • Biel-Bienne is passionate about sports, with 170 sports clubs, 90 different facilities, a running event, and surf and sailing clubs.
  • Nature lovers will delight in fresh air, flora and fauna. Running along or swimming in the Aare River and Lake Biel are popular ways of keeping fit.
  • Hiking is considered to be Switzerland's national sporting pastime: there are ample opportunities in the Bernese Alps and Jura ranges.
  • Lake Biel is ideal for water sports such as wind gliding, kite surfing, water skiing/wakeboarding and diving.

Sporting events in Bern

The annual Grand Prix in May is a popular 10mile (16, 093 km) annual running event in Bern that attracts over 25'000 participants. A 5 or 10 km Women's Run (Frauenlauf) is held in June. Biel-Bienne hosts a 100km marathon. Visit the Swiss Running website for more information on running events.

 

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Author: André Hirschi

André works at Switzerland’s leading relocation group Packimpex, where he is Head of Relocation Services for German-speaking Switzerland. André grew up in Bern, Switzerland. In addition to his broad experience in relocation, he initially trained as a Chef, worked 13 years as a hospitality industry professional, and was Events Manager at Bern’s leading event location. André has done a lot of traveling, and he enjoys playing squash, tennis and sports in general, as well as meeting new people.

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  • 6/17/14 1:46 PM

    MINI-TRAMPOLIN in Vatter, Bärenplatz, Bern is also a great way to keep fit, healthy and it is so much fun! It's not easy to imagine what training on a Mini-tramp. is like, so why not make an appointment and then come by for a trial

  • 11/5/13 10:53 AM

    @Jacqueline, great suggestion! Would you like to contribute an article on Zumba?

  • 8/24/13 10:33 AM

    There are lots of great camp sites right near where you want to hike or swim - of course there's the super convenient one in Bern by Eichholz, but there are also great ones near Lake Biel!

  • 8/23/13 4:06 PM

    GIRLS !! what about ZUMBA :-)
    http://swiss-zumba.ch/

  • 8/22/13 9:42 AM

    Another fun sporting event is 'Wake+Jam Festival' at Murten Lake. It's a international wakeboard contest with loads of international music acts and shows (dirt bike show, flight show) and sport activities (wakeboard, kayaking, volley, diving). The event is always held beginning of July.

  • 8/21/13 9:48 AM

    Attend a game of the SC Bern - it's worth every penny!!!

  • 7/8/13 1:28 PM

    When i arrived I couldn't wait to hit the ski slopes but I didn't consider how difficult it would be for a beginner. Some friendly advice: Look for a winter resort that has enough slopes for beginners!

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