Winter magic in the city of Bern Experience the wintry charm of the Swiss Capital

Issue: Issue 4/2016
From shopping in scenic streets, to fondue in a cozy hut - the city of Bern has much to offer this holiday season.

Traditional Christmas markets

Craft artists from Bern and the surrounding region display their unique wares in a scenic Christmas market on the Münsterplatz. On the Waisenhausplatz, you can find a wide range of traditional goods and souvenirs. These two Christmas markets lure many visitors and locals who are enchanted by the wintry atmosphere in this UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old city. You can warm up at the Märitbeizli Platzhirsch, where you are invited to linger and sip on mulled wine.

Fondue at the Grosse Schanze

Go experience the atmosphere of the cozy fondue hut on the Grossen Schanze, where gourmets meet to experience the magic of winter with the traditional Swiss dish. Visitors can also experience another wintery highlight from December 21st on the Bundesplatz. There, an ice rink is placed with this year's most beautiful Bernese backdrop.

Enjoy a sleigh ride down the Gurten hill

Want to head outdoors? A very special experience is the sleigh ride down the Gurten. When the snow conditions are good, there are 60 solid Davos sleighs available for a trip down Bern's house mountain. This activity also offers the chance to enjoy sunshine, even when there is fog in the valley.

Bern – a winter paradise for romantics and bons vivants

Atmospheric, dreamy and eclectic: Three words to best describe the two Christmas Markets being held in Cathedral Square (Münsterplatz) and Orphanage Square (Waisenhausplatz) from December 3 to 24, 2016.Be enchanted and enjoy the Christmas spirit in Bern, far away from the hustle and bustle.


Enjoy the holiday seasonal festivities in Berne!

Special offer - SBB train ticket, visit "Berne Christmas Markets"

  • The price includes a 20% discount on the return train fare from your departure station to Bern
  • Free cup of mulled wine, including a Christmas market mug to take home, and a 30% discount voucher for the "Märitbeizli" bar at the centre of festivities on Orphanage Square (Waisenhausplatz)
  • A voucher for CHF 5 to be redeemed at any market stall (excluding mulled wine) at the Christmas market in Cathedral Square (Münsterplatz)


Book at any train station or online. Get your exclusive offer now!

Expires 24.12.2016.

Readers' exclusive Christmas offer

One night in the 3-star Hotel Kreuz Bern***

  • 1 night's stay for 2 people
  • Buffet breakfast
  • 3-course evening meal in the Fondue hut Grosse Schanze (closed on Sundays)
  • Bern Ticket for free travel on public transport
  • CHF 124 per person

To book, email: or call: +41 (0)31 329 95 95

Offer valid from December 1 to 24, 2016

Holiday magic in the beautiful city of Berne! Enjoy fondue, mulled wine and much more with the special offer for Hello Switzerland readers!

Photos: © Bern Tourism, Switzerland Tourism

Author: Michael Kräuchi

Bern Tourism is proud to offer Hello Switzerland readers high-quality tourism offers that are "off the beaten track". We invite you to discover Switzerland beyond the clichés. A native of Bern, Michael Kräuchi is responsible for promoting tourism in the entire canton of Bern.

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