Combining business with pleasure on business trips used to be frowned upon, more and more companies are allowing so-called "bleisure" travel now. Combining business with leisure is particularly popular amongst millennials. Business people who extend their stay by one or two days in the Region of Bern will most certainly find that great relaxation comes apace.
Stress reduction at express speed
Let's be honest: it would truly be a shame to rush from one appointment to another in a town you have never visited before without taking in a few sights at the very least. Luckily, you will have no such chance in the city of Bern. The capital city of Switzerland is wonderfully relaxed. Whether this is due to the renowned laid-backness of the Bernese or to the six kilometres of arcades and accompanying shop windows in the UNESCO-protected Old Town that tempt you to stroll and linger is a matter of opinion. Whatever the truth, Bern is very much worth a visit. After finishing work, you can go to one of the many street cafés to simply sit and watch the world go by, or take a bracing dip in the River Aare to reinvigorate yourself before deciding on what leisure activities the evening holds in store for you. And when all is done, there is still the largest Paul Klee collection in the world to discover and Einstein's theory of relativity to delve into further.
Enjoyable sojourn to rural regions
There are a host of diverse MICE opportunities not only in the city of Bern but also on countryside and the mountain areas. This is where managers who wish to escape their office spaces to work even more single mindedly can switch off far more easily than in the city. According to the German "Zukunftsinstitut" (Future Institute), managers are increasingly seeking out places where they cannot be reached by others. That can be arranged. The Emmental entices you into a tranquil hilly landscape that you can explore on foot, at your leisure on an e-bike and, as in times gone by, on a horse-drawn carriage. Those who prefer to get their thoughts flowing alongside a water setting will find that lakes Thun and Brienz fit the bill perfectly. In Gstaad and in the Jungfrau Region, it is the mountains that endow you with far-sightedness and reveal new perspectives.
5 Hotel recommendations for "bleisure" travel
The Bristol, Bern
Direct and unpretentious, charming and witty – that's The Bristol hotel in Bern in a nutshell. This 4-star hotel was newly renovated in early 2018 and belongs to the Swiss Design Hotels. It is just a few minutes' walk from the train station and the Parliament Building. The Bristol focuses on British humour and features culinary delicacies from the isle: the lounge is a meeting place for homesick Brits and those who want to become one and offers British breakfasts, pies at lunchtime, tea and scones in the afternoon and fine ales in the evening. thebristol-bern.ch
Ermitage Wellness- & Spa Hotel, Gstaad-Schönried
This 5-star chalet resort in the Saanenland offers various function rooms as well as countless possibilities to enjoy your time out. Be it during a few relaxing hours in the newly renovated wellness oasis, complete with outdoor and indoor brine baths, or during a convivial dinner in one of the hotel's various dining rooms. And right on the doorstep, nature entices you out to go hiking and biking in the summer, skiing and snowshoeing in winter. ermitage.ch
Unique Hotel Innere Enge, Bern
The Inner Enge has been a meeting place and a popular destination for the Bernese since the 18th century. This 4-star superior hotel has 26 individually and personally appointed rooms to satisfy the most discriminating tastes. A park with a wonderful view across the Old Town and the Bernese Alps is just as much a part of its offering as is a miniature golf course and the internationally renowned "Marians Jazzroom". innere-enge.ch
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald
Thanks to its quiet, yet central location in Grindelwald, the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof is the ideal point from which to explore the Bernese Alps. This 5-star establishment dazzles with culinary highlights in no less than three restaurants and boasts its own wellness complex. For conference and seminar guests there are also three conference rooms that can accommodate up to 190 people, with seven breakout suites for smaller meetings. hotel-schweizerhof.com
The Lenkerhof is located in the southernmost part of the Bernese Oberland. At Lenk you will find a welcome distraction from the mundane everyday business environment and a natural setting for creative thoughts and innovative ideas. Immerse yourself in a world of relaxed luxury and be inspired by the unconventional atmosphere, the first-class leisure options and the magnificent mountain scenery. We have heard that many decisive ideas have been birthed here. Experience the added value at the Lenkerhof and combine your duty with luxurious relaxation. lenkerhof.ch