Traditional, charming and covering a relatively compact area, yet ultra-modern, full of surprises and boasting a wide range of business offerings – the canton of Bern is every event planner’s dream come true!
Whether at the Grimsel Hospiz in its barren rock landscape at 2,000 metres, in a typical wooden house in the picturesque Emmental or at the Kursaal in the heart of the Swiss capital where you find politicians and economic players – any event is sure to be a success here. It is no wonder that the City of Bern won the 2017 Swiss MICE Award in the Destinations category!
After an eventful meeting, there are few things more satisfying than going out and about and exploring the local surroundings. Some exciting options include the Thrill Walk on the Schilthorn, an excursion up to the magnificent Jungfraujoch, a boat trip on turquoise Lake Thun and the spectacular Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, which simply leaves you speechless. No matter what your purpose is, an event in the canton of Bern can be easily combined with a trip into nature – not least because of the Swiss capital’s central location and its easy accessibility.
Whether it’s brain jogging for your team at a luxury hotel in the city, an intensive seminar at a country inn in the Emmental or an event surrounded by superb mountain scenery, when it comes to meeting facilities it is hard to beat the range on offer in the canton of Bern. The canton also boasts two amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The historic Old Town of Bern with its pretty arcades, and the imposing Jungfrau-Aletsch area with the enchantment of three of the world’s most famous mountains.
Bern is not only a popular conference venue because of its easy accessibility and its central location on the linguistic border – the canton also leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to seminar infrastructure. In the Swiss capital you can expect to find such state-of-the-art event and conference centres as the Kursaal, the Bernexpo, the Stade de Suisse and the PostFinance Arena. Even outside the city, Bern has much to be proud of: there is surely no more tried-and-tested event location than the Kursaal in Interlaken. If you prefer something small, but top quality and ultra-modern, you will be delighted with the KK Thun – and there you also have the lake right in front of the door.
The canton of Bern is home to a veritable Who's Who in the world of politics, business and sports – a great basis for an inspiring event atmosphere. The Swiss capital is not only a meeting place for the political world, but also for that of science with the important research work that is carried out at the University of Bern. Every year, Interlaken hosts the Swiss Economic Forum, which is attended by CEOs, managers, politicians and scientists from all over the world. And of course, there are also regular international sporting events in the canton of Bern, most recently the Tour de France 2016, which had a huge impact.
The art of watchmaking in the Bernese Jura is world famous – the Bernese really do have precision in their genes. The locals’ love for detail is also evident in matters of cuisine as witnessed by the many restaurants that have been awarded by Gault Millau. 89 of the 800 Swiss Gault Millau restaurants are located in the canton of Bern! In any event, Bern has no end of culinary surprises in store for you. And did you know that Ovaltine, Ragusa, Kambly-Guetzli and Toblerone all originated in Bern?