Home to some of Switzerland’s greatest museums and galleries, Bern is considered a true citadel of culture. The combination of internationally renowned art and unique architecture makes for a memorable visit! Bern is an absolute MUST for culture aficionados.
Carnival in Bern
From February 6 to 8, 2014, the Bernese will don fancy dress and party through the streets, making merry until the early hours of the morning.
Every year Museums Night ushers in the Swiss capital's cultural spring, when the grey facades of cultural institutions are magically illuminated and invite visitors to step inside.
“Qin – The eternal emperor and his terracotta warriors”
From 15 March to 17 November 2013, the Bernisches Historisches Museum will present the exhibition “Qin – The eternal emperor and his terracotta warriors”.
International Jazz Festival Bern
From March 19 to May 25, 2013, the Swiss capital will offer you jazz music at its best. Leading stars will be following in the footsteps of the greats like B.B. King, Michel Camilo and Oscar Peterson.
Visit Bern’s most popular public trade show with exhibitors from the trade, agricultural, and industrial branches, as well as the largest national horse show.
Switzerland's largest running event will be held May 10, 2014 in Bern. The unique backdrop of this UNESCO World Heritage Site lends a special appeal.
Swiss Women's Run
The Swiss Women's Run (Frauenlauf) – an event for the whole family.
Die Mountainbike und Trial Europameisterschaft – ein fesselnder, emotionaler und mitreissender Sportanlass mit internationaler Prägung
20. bis 23. Juni 2013
Calling all festival fans! The legendary Gurtenfestival will be held July 18-21, 2013, on Bern's local mountain.
Buskers Street Music Festival
Up close and in the thick of it! Buskers Bern Street Music Festival lets you enjoy a wide range of music and performances for very little money. From August 8 to 10, 2013, the Old Town of Bern will be transformed into a colorful festival of street musicians.
Federal Wrestling and Alpine Games Festival 2013
From 30 August to 1 September, Burgdorf in the Emmental will play host to the Federal Wrestling and Alpine Games Festival (Eidgenössisches Schwing- und Älplerfest) 2013.
Bern Music Festival and Bern Biennial
Over the course of ten days, these two festivals offer a unique, comprehensive view of the cultural creativity in the city of Bern.
Onion Market (Zibelemärit)
A traditional folk festival on the fourth Monday in November. The next Zibelemärit will take place on November 25, 2013.
Suisse Toy / E-Games
Suisse Toy / E-Games – Welcome to Switzerland’s largest playroom. From October 2 to 6, 2013, over 250 exhibitors will be presenting novelties, trends and established products for you to discover.
Bern Christmas Markets
Bern's popular Christmas markets will be held in December, at the Waisenhausplatz and the Münsterplatz. Various festively decorated and individually designed wooden huts and stalls contribute to the Christmas atmosphere in Bern.