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Candles flicker in large lanterns on the terrace of Gurten Park, and a gentle dusk envelops the relaxed guests. The convivial get-together in the open air promises a cosy end to the day.

Bleisure Summer in Bern

Published: 23.05.2024

How about a brainstorming session surrounded by serene nature? Or an after-work “Fübi” (sundowner) with the locals in Bern’s trendiest bars? We’ve gathered the best tips for a successful and refreshing summer in the federal city.

Week(end) Programme

Business + Leisure = Bleisure. If you want to extend your stay in Bern after a seminar weekend or just want a well-deserved coffee between meetings in one of the pubs popular with Bernese people – here are our tips:

Bern’s Shops

Shopping in Bern’s old town is a unique experience: you will find countless shops, boutiques and ateliers under the historic arcades. Here are some of our favourites.

Bern’s Museums

You are spoilt for choice if you want to go to a museum in Bern: Here is an overview of internationally renowned special exhibitions, private collections and interactive events.

Bern’s Cafés

Under the arcades, in the alleys or hidden away in a vaulted cellar: if you love grabbing a coffee, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Bern’s old town.

Bern’s Guided City Tours

From the city’s landmarks to is secret corners: our city tours are as diverse as Bern itself – packed with interesting facts and figures, witty and astonishing, historical and topical, educational and sometimes scary, but alwas entertaining.

Bern’s Bars

Looking for a Negroni, a mocktail or a home-brewed beer? Bern’s bars offer a huge variety of classic, creative and refreshing drinks. Here are our favourite bars.

Bern’s Natural Bathing Spots

The ACs are running at full blast, there’s no ice cream left in the freezer – time for a refreshing dip in Bern’s cool waters. We’ve compiled a list of the best and prettiest natural bathing spots in the region.

Team experiences

Sharing an experience, creating memories and strengthening the team spirit – team events are more than just having a meal together once a year. These are our tips for an unforgettable summer experience:

Team Outing on the River

Peacefully floating down the Aare river in a dinghy is the favourite summer pastime of the locals, who are known for their laid-back attitude. Why not join them with your team? Let go of everyday worries as you sail along and perfect your team’s communication skills when determining “port” and “starboard”. A guide from Aarebö will accompany your crew to ensure that everyone arrives back to land safely.

“FRUCHTLAND” at the Zentrum Paul Klee

“FRUCHTLAND” is the field, the communal garden, and the many small biotopes around the Zentrum Paul Klee. A rich diversity of plants, such as roses and shrubs, thrives here and, in combination with piles of stones and bee pastures, provides a home for insects such as the rare European dark bee. Teams have the opportunity to attend guided tours and workshops in this vibrant garden Eden with a view of the Bernese Alps. As soon as the dates for 2024 are defined, they will be published here.

Gurten (Games)

Whether outdoor escape games, graffiti experience or Wine tasting in the only vaulted cellar with a view of Bern: Bern’s local mountain is not just great for fresh air and beautiful views, it also has adventurous activities in store for teams. And the restaurants ensure that you’re culinarily taken care of before, after, or even during the event.

Go Back in Time at Thun Castle

This picturesque castle of the Zähringen dynasty sits enthroned atop a hill. When you walk through its gates, you are taken back in time to the 12th century. There are five grand halls inside, including the Great Hall, the best-preserved representational hall of the High Middle Ages in all of Switzerland. Another highlight is the glorious views of the town and Lake Thun and the breathtaking alpine panorama.

E-Bike Tours in Bern

Visit a farm while on route 888 Grünes Band Bern (Bern’s Green Belt) or reserve a picnic box at the “Möösli Märit” (Möösli market) in Herrenschwanden the day before your outing and then pick it up and enjoy it on the Frienisberg Scenic Route. On Bern’s ten most beautiful e-bike routes, you’ll be collecting memories, delicacies, and blissful moments.

Culinary Experience with Chillfood

Doesn’t matter if you’re already a seasoned pro in the kitchen or just starting to learn how to peel potatoes: Chillfood in Bern offers a surprising culinary adventure for everyone – that’s a promise. Together with the Chillfood crew, your team prepares delicious dishes from all over the world without the help of electricity and in unusual places: on the banks of the turquoise Aare river or between disused railway tracks, for example. Cooking enthusiasts are welcome to get involved, or you can leave the cooking to the professionals, relax next to the fire pit, and enjoy your aperitif, dinner, or snack with your team.


In summer, the “Culinary Trail” takes foodies on a short hike from the Stockhorn summit to the middle station and spoils them with a three-course meal on the way. The trail passes by three restaurants, each of which will serve one course of the menu. We also recommend the “Cave Raclette” to all the adventurous gourmets among you. After a cave tour into the inner workings of the Stockhorn massif, you can enjoy a raclette dinner in an unforgettable ambience on the Cheibenhorn.


Idyllic places hidden from sight, wonderful terraces on the water, peaceful urban nature: here are Bern’s best summer venues.

Schloss Hünigen (Hünigen Castle)

In the beautiful castle gardens, innovative ideas will spring up like mushrooms. For an outdoor conference or a brainstorming session outside, the airy pavilion at Hünigen Castle is the perfect setting. If the weather doesn’t allow for that, elegant rooms on the castle grounds are available for the planned event.

Botanical Garden

In the beautiful castle gardens, innovative ideas will spring up like mushrooms. For an outdoor conference or a brainstorming session outside, the airy pavilion at Hünigen Castle is the perfect setting. If the weather doesn’t allow for that, elegant rooms on the castle grounds are available for the planned event.


Get out of your familiar surroundings and routine and create space for creativity and visions. Not only does the Zehndermätteli offer a barbecue buffet and unique multi-course creations in their event greenhouse, but on request you can even take a quick trip through the hotel’s very own ecosystem on the terrace or under the umbrella maple trees.

Berner Generationenhaus (House of Generations)

Are you looking for an event space with a great ambiance, just a few steps away from Bern’s main station? The Berner Generationenhaus can be a tranquil oasis in the middle of your hectic business day. It can serve as a meeting room but is also a public space for meetings and social dialog betwen different generations, making it the ideal source of inspiration. The cool inner courtyard is a great place to end a day full of heated meetings.


The Cinématte is situated on the emerald-green Aare, in Bern’s authentic Matte neighbourhood. It’s not only a cinema but also a cultural association and an unique location for conferences, seminars and workshops with a subsequent evening programme. The secluded terrace on the banks of the Aare has enjoyed many parties and seen many ideas come to life.

Casa Novo

Located in a sandstone building directly on the turquoise Aare river is the pretty vinoteca Casa Novo. “Ambiente, tapas y vino” is their concept – in addition to its great location, Casa Novo also offers culinary delights. All that Mediterranean flair is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Kulinarium Eventlokal by Gourmet Box

The Kulinarium can host weddings, company parties, barbecue classes, receptions and can even give food a shape thanks to a 3D printer. This event location for creative and inspiring celebrations offers a high-quality interior and a spirit that is casually cool and contemporary. Gourmetbox provides excellent catering with wonderful food in a beautiful ambiance, made by inspired people that are passionate about their job.

Conference hotels

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the countryside: these seven conference hotels in the region of Bern are especially well-suited for conventions, seminars and the like. This serene and idyllic setting in nature will inspire and animate you as well as create the perfect environment for a successful meeting.