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3 - 24 Dec 2016

Bern Christmas Markets

The streets and alleys are aglow with the warm light escaping from living rooms. Little Christmas trees decorate the facades of the houses, adding to the romantic mood. The Old Town houses, dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, provide a fantastic and unique backdrop for the distinctive Bern Christmas markets. Münsterplatz is devoted mainly to arts and crafts. Traditional market fare can be found on Waisenhausplatz, just a 10-minute walk away.

You’ll find special candles, gifts and handmade souvenirs. Glühwein (mulled wine) will help to warm you up again, and there are plenty of stalls offering snacks or meals. Stopping into one of the legendary restaurants in the Old Town - either the 350-year-old Klötzlikeller or the Kornhauskeller - is the perfect way to end your visit to this magical market.

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A view of Bern at Christmas
Onion Market (Zibelemärit)
Old Town
Monday, November 28, 2016

The "Zibelemärit" (Onion Market) is a traditional folk festival held on the fourth Monday of every November. Farmers from the surrounding area bring over 50 tons of onions – artistically woven into braids – to the federal capital, along with garlic. Colorful market stalls offer ceramic pots, vegetables, traditional market goodies and mementos. To help resist the winter cold, don't miss the Glühwein stand with its hot mulled wine.

The bustle gets underway at 5:00 a.m. as hundreds of visitors from home and abroad flood the city. This is the day when savory cheese tarts, onion tarts and onion soup are on offer in all the restaurants, filling the air with a heady aroma. Younger visitors scatter confetti in the streets and have fun at the fairground.

Special train schedule for the S-Bahn Bern and Swiss Federal Railways: Travel comfortably by train to the Zibelemärit (Onion Market) in Bern Online train schedule.

Bern- Happy Christmas shoppers
Bern Skyline
Bern Skyscape
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