What makes Bern different?

What makes Bern different?
BusinessInspirationWhat makes Bern different?

Brilliant Bern on the move

Did you know that we, brilliant Bernese, are on the move? Sites imbued with innovation and where history has been written act as natural magnets for companies. Find out more about what makes Bern so unique.

Brilliantly special

With its exclusive combination of the diverse and the special, in 2020 canton Bern will once again be offering a brilliant programme of activities for all. Innovations or fine food, culture or sport - it's your choice.

After all, diversity is a trademark of Bern: it's a city where traditional architecture is given a contemporary new interpretation, and the tried and tested is combined with the latest findings. Always with an eye for what's really important in life, and a special focus on charm and authenticity. So there's plenty for nature-lovers to do, and people in search of relaxation are bound to find what they’re looking for, too. And this "brilliantly special" destination will retain its distinctively Bernese flavour.

A taste of diversity

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bern has more than just the tranquil river Aare flowing through the town centre. Under the covered arcades of the Old Town, there's a steady flow of shops, restaurants and bars. All of them especially warm and welcoming. With its current total of over 1200 Gault Millau points, canton Bern has a culinary experience for everyone: an excellent dinner after a wine-tasting session or winery tour, a "tasting tour" of the Kambly biscuit collection or a Bernese cheese fondue (a regional speciality): there are numerous opportunities to enjoy fine food round every corner.

Kissed by the muse

Some famous innovations and novelties originated in Bern. For example, the milk and honey chocolate, "Toblerone", was invented in Bern, and the world-famous brands of Nescafé and Rolex also come from the canton with the bear in its coat of arms. Even the first Bond girl had a connection with Bern: Ursula Andress, who shot to international fame when she starred with Sean Connery in the first 007 adventure, "Dr. No", grew up in Ostermundigen. Yet another indication of how a Bernese kiss can lead to big success, and not just in film but also – as in "Bärner Müntschi" beer (where "Müntschi" means "kiss") – in the food and drink industry.

Spoilt for choice

The wide range of local special attractions also makes canton Bern a first-rate place for organising conferences and congresses. The annual "Swiss Economic Forum" in Interlaken and "Swiss Skills 2020" with its 200,000 young participants are just two of the many exciting events boasting a distinctive mixture of languages and international appeal. Sports events such as the World Cup skiing races in Adelboden and Wengen and other leading international events will draw the crowds again in 2020. All the more so because they are supported by prominent Bernese sportsmen like Beat Feuz, Christian Stucki and Fabian Cancellara.

Our partners

Bern Economic Development Agency Swiss Travel System Switzerland Mobility Grand Tour of Switzerland BLS Thoemus GoSnow.ch Hotellerie Bern+ Mittelland Hotelier-Verein Berner Oberland Emmentaler AOP