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.
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.
The Bristol, Bern
Ermitage Wellness- & Spa Hotel, Gstaad-Schönried
Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
The Hey Hotel, Interlaken
Unique Hotel Innere Enge, Bern
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald