Aussicht vom Gurten
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Bern’s inhabitants are proud of their local mountain. 858 m high, the Gurten is easily accessible and offers activities for all ages all year round.

The Gurtenbahn, a funicular railway, transports nearly 1 million passengers a year to their main destination. Once on top, the restaurants Gurtners and Tapis Rouge delight their guests with tasty delicacies. In summer, the open-air theatre entertains culture enthusiasts with a play; in winter, old and young race down the mountain on their toboggans. And if you are still not tired, try the 2 km-long BikerTrail, the summer toboggan run or a ride on the miniature railway. The perfect way to end the tour of the Gurten is with a visit to the viewing platform, which offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area.


Almost unlimited fun

A trip to the Gurten is, in particular for families, always worthwhile thanks to its play area. The lovingly designed miniature railway or the Kids Cards with car, quad bike or motorbike offer children fun, excitement and action! Creativity comes to play with the large ball run, which is 300 m long, and plenty of energy is needed for the climbing tunnel.

Immerse yourself in the world of plants in the Gurten garden and enjoy the peace and inspiration. In fine weather, the observation tower offers a magnificent panoramic view as far as the Weissenstein and Chasseral or enjoy a cosy picnic at one of the seven fireplaces. The observatory offers another marvellous view and provides exciting information about scientific phenomena in space. 

The Gurten lake, a water play area, provides a refreshing alternative in summer.


Top of the Pops on the local mountain

The highlight of the Gurten is, without a doubt, the Gurten festival. Once a year, celebrities of the international and Swiss music scene are drawn to Bern’s local mountain. This doesn’t come as a surprise: the atmosphere on the tent and forest stages, high above the city, is simply unique and enjoyed by both audience and artists. The first Gurten Festival took place in 1977, and with its culinary offerings, it has since become an institution in Bern’s event calendar.