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Summer in Bern

Hot, hotter, summer in Bern! We’ve got refreshing ideas and experiences in the destination Bern lined up to keep you cool this summer. Dive in!

Cooling off

Is there anything better on a hot day than jumping in the cool water? How about a swim in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful outdoor pools, complete with a spectacular view of the Parliament Building? Or cooling off at a secluded natural bathing spot in the Gantrisch Nature Park, the Emmental valley, the Oberaargau region, or the quaint town of Laupen? The destination Bern has all kinds of refreshing activities in store for you this summer.

It’s important to have a healthy amount of respect for the Aare and inform yourself about the possible risks beforehand. Swimming in the Aare is recommended for experienced swimmers only. The Swiss Lifesaving Society SLRG and the City of Bern provide (vitally) important tips for everyone who spends time in and on the Aare.

Free outdoor pools in Bern

During the summer months, the people of Bern turn into a nation of water rats (i.e., enthusiastic swimmers). And for good reason: not only the sparkling Aare, but a whole selection of municipal bathing areas beckon with their cool water, cosy sunbathing meadows and treats from fries to ice cream. From the lively neighbourhood swimming pool Wyler to the alternative-style Lorrainebad to the famous Marzili: a fun swimming experience stands at the top of the list during Bern’s summer. And the best part: it’s free!

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Our new "Marzilian" bathing set is perfect for hot summer days in the cool water.

Cooling down in front of the Parliament Building

The water feature on the Bundesplatz (Parliament Square) is made up of 26 fountains which represent Switzerland’s 26 cantons. The water seemingly shoots directly out of the stone slabs, up to seven meters into the air – sometimes following a certain rhythm, sometimes completely at random. Children frolic in the fountains, shrieking with joy, and adults and even dogs refresh themselves in the cool water on hot days. Next to them, young people sit on the ground in smaller and larger groups, picnicking, discussing, or practicing a dance performance. Watching this does make you wonder: you couldn’t imagine seeing such a spectacle in front of other seats of government – in front of the White House, for example, or the Elysée Palace.

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There is now a circular-hike ticket for the classic high trail from the Gantrisch to the summit of the Stockhorn. Click herefor the special offer.

Cycling Tours Bern

Lub your bike chain, adjust the saddle and get out your sunglasses! The summer brings warm weather and a longing for the outdoors. Be it by Lake Wohlen, in the Gantrisch Nature Park, in the town of Laupen, on the Frienisberg plateau, or in the Emmental valley: If you’re kicking off the cycling season on one of Bern’s Top 10 routes, you can expect plenty of highlights. Every single one of these circular routes has stunning views of the Bernese Alps and characteristic regional features in store for bicycle trekkers.

Blissful moments and breathtaking views

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Eating and drinking

How about a refreshing «Bern Mule» from one of Bern’s pop-up bars, a light, summery meal at a place that excels at sustainability, or exploring the old town and strolling through Bern’s shady arcades with a strawberry ice cream?

Bern’s pop-up bars

They are definitely a summer highlight: The many pop-up bars that sprout up in various places in Bern during the warm months. Nowhere else does a cool beer or a fruity drink taste as good as on the banks of the passing Aare, under shady trees, waving pennants and on colourful bistro chairs. This is the perfect opportunity to discover your new favourite beer out of the many local craft beers – after all, Bern is not considered the «beer capital of Switzerland» for nothing. And who knows, maybe a little flirt at the improvised bar will even result in a summer romance?

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The city tour with an after-work beer

On the Lust und Laster - the "Fübi" (after-work beer) tour, Bern reveals its mysterious and seductive side: facts come to light that are unlikely to be found in any history book. Shortly after the start, those thirsty for knowledge will be handed a Wegbier, non-alcoholic if desired. At half-time, there's a second one - and a homemade pretzel to snack on. We think this city tour with that certain something is perfect for celebrating the end of the day with colleagues.

Off to an after-work-beer

Here are even more sparkling beer experiences to discover.

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Of course, there are many more summer events in Bern. Take a look at our event calendar.

Art and culture

Feel like visiting award-winning exhibitions in Bern’s museums where it’s always wonderfully cool? They are definitely worth a visit. After all, Bern is home to some of the most important museums and galleries in Switzerland. In addition, we will reveal interesting and bizarre facts about Bern on our varied city tours.

Museums in Bern

If you think «Museum» and pictures of large, dusty rooms or the warning voices of your parents (“don’t touch anything!) are rising before you – think again – because a visit to one of Bern’s museums will convince you otherwise. Many exhibitions actually want your active participation and invite you to take part! Bern’s cultural institutions present you with wonderful new ideas and ways to “feed” a curious mind with fascinating temporary exhibition, an exciting guided tour or an interactive event – come and have a look!

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The best part? Every Saturday in August, admission to some of Bern's cultural venues is free.

Refreshing walks


Browse through the charming little shops in Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old Town looking for the perfect birthday present for your best friend or take a stroll through Bern’s weekly produce market to pick up some regional products for your barbecue, such as vegetables, meat, or fish – shopping in Bern is simply fun! And best of all: the six-kilometre-long arcades protect you from the blazing sun or from sudden summer thunderstorms.

Stay overnight

A budget room in a youth hostel right on the water, a glamorous suite in the heart of Bern’s old town or stylish accommodation in a trendy district: those who want to stay overnight in the destination Bern are spoilt for choice.

Hotels in the destination Bern

In Bern, there’s an accommodation for every taste. Pretty B&Bs pamper their guests with homemade breakfast, elegant hotel rooms offer the most spectacular views, and cool hostels have comfortable beds for visitors on a budget. If you’re visiting Bern as a group, you should opt for one of the many inviting apartments to experience the laid-back Bernese joie de vivre just like the locals do.

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