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Christmas in Bern?


I'm from Australia, living in the UK, and some friends of mine are heading over our way for Christmas. My husband and I are working until the 23rd of December, and we have a booking at a ski chalet starting on the 26th. We would quite like to have Christmas Day in Switzerland somewhere. We can get a transfer to our chalet from Geneva.

I'm just wanting some advice on the Christmas period and some suggestions of what to do. I understand very little will be open (as expected).

Current idea:

*Fly to Zurich early morning of the 24th, catch a train to Bern. Spend the day and that evening in Bern checking out the pretty buildings and the Christmas markets.

*25th (Christmas Day) - Get up super early and catch trains to Jungfraujoch. I've read that this is operating on Christmas Day - can anyone confirm that? Also, once you're up the top, is there a restaurant we can have Christmas lunch in? It's fine if it's just a sandwich! Go back to Bern in the afternoon.

*26th - Catch train from Bern to Geneva to get transfer to chalet.

Any suggestions regarding what to do/what's open around this time of year would be fantastic!!

Thanks in advance :)

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1. Re: Christmas in Bern?

24th in the evening it might be hard to get a dinner in a restaurant. You have two options: reseve something much in advance (even that can be hard to get as most people want to spend the evening with their families) or to do a picknick, most shops close at 5pm, those at the train station proably much later (usually it's 10pm, but it might be different on Christmas Eve) and they have good take away food.

25th everything in the mountains is open. It's peak season for ski resorts, but it's less crowded than the following days. On the Jungfraujoch you can even choose from two different restaurant. On the way back you could stop for example at the Klein Scheidegg or in the car free mountain village Wengen.

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Okay, thanks for that. Will be a bit tricky trying to work out where to eat before we arrive, but I'll look into it.

As for Jungfraujoch, do I need to book train tickets to get there or is it fine to get them at the train station on the day?

Also, would we need to book beforehand to eat at Jungfraujoch?

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3. Re: Christmas in Bern?

Hi Nattynoos,

You may have some luck with the restaurants at some upscale hotels for dinner on 24 Dec. I've spent Christmas vacations in Switzerland and in Germany -- and now live in Germany -- and have had good luck with hotel restaurants. If the hotel is open, the restaurant will be operating --

Have fun!


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Hi Nattynoos

Bern is a fairy land at Christmas and you will enjoy the Christmas markets and festive atmosphere. However do book a table for dinner at a restaurant now - or latest early November to be sure you get one. Most restaurants will be closed - this is more of a problem than crowds of Swiss wanting to eat out, because on 24 December, they won't! Christmas is celebrated with your family on 24th December...

Try the Kornhauskeller. It may well be open that evening. Problem with hotel restaurants in Bern is that there are not that many hotels that have them. However the hotel at the Casino - Allegro - does have several and certainly will be open. Also the Bellevue Palace, but that will most likely cost more than your trip to Switzerland for Christmas Eve dinner...well, almost!!

For the Kornhauskelelr - which has a HUGE tree in the restaurant at Christmas!! And is nicely decorated too -


For teh Allegro


You don't need to book train tickets - in fact I doubt you can. But the schedule on Christmas Day Bern to Lauterbrunnen or Grindlewald will differ some from the "normal" schedule and you will need to check it. You cannot do so until the new schedule comes out, sometime in November. It goes into effect on 12 December.

The restaurant at the top of the Jungfraujoch serves fondue amongst other things and that would be great fun on Christmas Day.

You will need to reserve your Christmas Day dinner as well in Bern by the way. If you stayed at the Allegro that would be simple and they have rooms starting at 155frs/night.

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Thanks SO much for all that! I'll look the restaurants up ASAP.

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