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Culture in Bern

Art and design, music and live performances, architecture, traditional craftsmanship, history and culinary delights: The cultural scene in the city and region of Bern catapults its guests into a cosmos filled with creativity, expression, forms, tradition, time travel and flavours.


You don’t need a fixed programme to discover Bern’s diverse cultural world. Lovers of culture and those who would like to become them, can find inspiration in our six cultural bucket lists and let themselves be carried away by the Bernese attitude.

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Bern’s museums are diverse and creative – an absolute must for culture lovers. Do you want to take a look at the past and future of the Alpine regions in the Swiss Alpine Museum? Or maybe instead of just looking, you’d rather touch and take part in the interactive exhibitions at the outstanding Museum of Communication? The museums in and around Bern are as contrasting as the region itself, which clearly makes it harder to decide on one. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of museums that also covers current special exhibitions. This will make your decision a bit easier. And if you don’t have enough time for everything, you’ll just have to come back.

Overnight stay in Bern with free public transport

You can only fit so many cultural experiences into one day. Luckily, Bern’s diversity is not limited to culture – the accommodations in the city and region also cover a variety of needs: you can find everything from a cool backpacker hostel to idyllic sleepovers on a farm to luxurious hotels. And did you know that you get a free Bern Ticket when you stay overnight in the city of Bern? Guests can travel for free in zones 100/101, including the funicular to the Gurten.

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Travel through Bern’s cultural scene with Bernmobil.