Every year, the Swiss city of Bern comes alive at Christmas, with a delightful assortment of Christmas markets scattered around its historic city centre.
If you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Bern Christmas Market is like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Bern Christmas Market, with official dates, hotel recommendations, and locations.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Bern Christmas Market Dates
While there is definitely overlap in the dates for Bern’s various Christmas markets, most of them differ in their exact opening dates. Here are the officially confirmed dates that have been announced so far:
- Bern Minster Christmas Market (Berner Münster Weihnachtsmarkt): Dec 1 – 23, 2023
- Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Waisenhausplatz: TBA
Bern Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
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Bern Christmas Market Locations
Wondering where to find Christmas markets in Bern? Here are some of the top ones you can’t miss:
Bern Christmas Market at Weisenhausplatz (Berner Weihnachtsmarkt Weisenhausplatz)
For over 30 years, the Bern Christmas Market at Weisenhausplatz has been considered one of the best Christmas markets in the city.
With over fifty wooden chalets selling all kinds of typical Christmas market food and gifts, this market continues for a few days after Christmas as the “Old Year’s Market”, making it a great choice for visitors who happen to be stopping by just after Christmas.
Bern Minster Christmas Market (Berner Münster Weihnachtsmarkt)
Set in front of the iconic Bern Minster at Münsterplatz, you’ll find one of Bern’s most famous Christmas market – the Bern Minster Christmas Market (Berner Münster Weihnachtsmarkt), which has been taking place since 1984.
Here, you’ll find artisans from Bern and the surrounding region selling their handcrafted wares, all amidst the backdrop of stunning centuries-old buildings.
According to the official Bern tourism page, there is also usually a special artisan market on the Minster terrace on the first and third Advent weekend.
Bern Star Market (Berner Sternenmarkt)
In Bern’s Kleine Schanze park, you’ll find the 80+ stalls that make up the Bern Star Market, one of the newest Christmas markets in the city.
This market places an emphasis on artisan-made gifts, with a diverse offering that also includes delicious eats from all around the world.
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