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

Issue: 4/2019
Stroll through one of Bern's lovely Christmas markets or have a mulled wine at one of the cool winter pop-up bars. Winter in Bern is enchanting and Christmas time brings even more beauty to this city.



Here are some of the locals' favourite spots in Bern as Christmas approaches: 






28 November – 29 December, Kleine Schanze

Photo: © Bern Welcome

The newest of Bern's Christmas markets is located just a stone's throw from the railway station in the idyllic park Kleine Schanze.

The atmosphere is magical due to the beautiful setting and light installations.

The food is excellent, and you will find here a mix of traditional craftsmanship stands, as well as modern design items. An absolute must do!

Find out more on this website. 


Chalet Alpenland

22 November – 22 December, Kornhausplatz

Photo: © Bern Welcome

This wooden chalet was built especially for the winter, so you can enjoy a cozy alpine atmosphere and delicious food. Flammkuchen, fondue and raclette are served – variety is the keyword here. 

How about a beer fondue, for example? Or would you prefer the champagne version?

Find out more on this website. 


Traditional Christmas market

30 November – 24 December, Minster Square / Münsterplatz

Photo: © Bern Welcome

The Bern Minster Christmas Market combines craftsmanship and tradition: in the middle of old town buildings dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, lovingly decorated stands offer handcrafted products.

Most of the artists are there in person and are happy to tell the story of their unique pieces.

Rumor has it the mulled wine served in the on-site restaurant ‘Märitbeizli' is the best in town.

Find out more on this website. 


Øscår Elch winter Pop-up Bar

23 November – 22 December, Ringgenpark

Photo: © Bern Welcome

Under the watchful eye of Øscår Elch, the moose, containers are assembled, framed with wood and converted into a Christmas bar and winter food chalet.
Foodies can look forward to the unique homemade Hot Mules, Raclette from Jumi or the soul warming Swedish mulled wine "Glögg".

Find out more on this website. 


Ice Skating Rink

18 December – 16 February, Parliament Square / Bundesplatz

Photo: © Bern Welcome

The artificial ice rink in front of the unique scenery of the Swiss Parliament Building is popular with locals and guests alike: every year, thousands of visitors lace up their skates and show their skills on the 600m2 of this vast illuminated ice rink.

Entrance is free.

Find out more on this website.


Discover more Christmas hotspots in Bern and enjoy a magical time in this city.

And because it is fondue season, we have just the thing for you. You missed our competition giving away a full moon fondue for two voucher, but here are some excellent tips on the best places to enjoy fondue in Bern.


The best spots to enjoy a fondue in Bern

Fondue tips

From a charming chalet atmosphere to cozy cable cars and rickshaws, here are some great places to indulge in cheese fondue in Bern.



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