Gurten - a children's paradise

Fun on Bern's balcony

Only a few minutes from Bern city centre, the Gurten offers many attractions, most of which are free. In summer, the water games shine through their turquoise water. The Gschtelasch, a large wooden construction with nets, a climbing tunnel and a slide, allows to jump for hours. At the playground there is also the legendary Stefan Grünenfelder ball circuit, a kind of oversized Tinguely machine. The miniature train will make you feel like a railroad man and the summer toboggan run will guarantee thrills. These are just a few examples of the many attractions that make the Gurten a true paradise for children.

Attractions Play park

There’s so much to do at the play park on Mount Gurten. A wide variety of attractions – most of them free – encourage children to explore, play and burn off some energy. Here are just a few of the highlights.

The small railway

The small railway, lovingly maintained by enthusiasts, crosses hills and tunnels and transports both young and old throughout the park. Various trains, including two steam locomotives, run regularly.


  • CHF 2.00 Children
  • CHF 3.00 Adults
  • CHF 10.00 Multi-ride card children 6 rides
  • CHF15.00 Multi-course card adult 6 rides
  • gratis Children up to 1.99 years

Kid's Car

Accelerate, brake, avoid, maneuver: With the 12 Kids Cars, young guests can gain their first experience with a car and experienced drivers can take a few laps on the otherwise car-free Gurten.

The Kid Cars are in operation daily from 10.00-17.00, weather permitting.



  • CHF 1.00 3 minute ride

Grünenfelder's ball machine

Stefan Grünenfelder’s legendary ball circuit is a kind of oversized Tinguely machine, where levers, pivots and cranks are operated. The countless stretches and mechanisms will excite both large and small. With more than 300 meters of track, you will need more than an hour if you want to do the whole circuit. As long as temperatures do not drop below zero degrees, the ball circuit also works in winter.

Restaurant Tapis Rouge

At the self-service restaurant Tapis Rouge you will find a wide selection of salads, hot dishes and delicious desserts. There is something for everyone. For the little ones, the offer includes a children's buffet and the older ones appreciate our varied offer of röstis. The two terraces invite you to bask in the sun and the children can play freely in a large games room.

Opening hours

19.04.2022 - 15.10.2022

Daily from 9:00 till 20:00 hour

18.10.2022 -18.04.2023

Daily from 9:00 till 18:00 hour

Observatory - the observatory above Bern

The observatory on the Gurten - a look into the universe for the whole family.

Since April 2022, the observatory on the Gurten has been thrilling astronomy fans both young and old. "Astro Events" explains the complex physical phenomena of the universe in an understandable and entertaining way and the telescope allows you to see the ring of Saturn or a planetary nebula live.

  • Observation evenings are held every Tuesday. Astro Events explains the phenomena of the universe in an entertaining way and offers a glimpse into distant galaxies.
  • In the winter months, children's observation evenings are held once a month for young planet fans, with models, crafts and, of course, a look through the telescope. 
  • Special celestial events take place several times a year, for example a shooting star night or a lunar eclipse. On these occasions, the observatory puts on an evening with the wow factor. 
  • The observatory is open to the public a few days a year, free of charge, so that everyone can have a look through a telescope.

The number of visitors per evening is limited and pre-registration is necessary.


Gurtenbahn Today (Friday) open

Operating times

Daily, every 15 mins
Mon–Sat                         07.00–23.45 hours
Sun and public holidays  07.00–20.15 hours

Revision Gurtenbahn (No replacement operation)

6.-12. march 2023

Subject to change without prior notice

Wabern–Gurten Kulm one-way

  • CHF 6.00 Adult
  • CHF 3.00 Adult with Half Fare Card
  • CHF 3.00 Child 6–15.99 years

Wabern–Gurten Kulm retour

  • CHF 11.00 Adult
  • CHF 5.50 Adult with Half Fare Card
  • CHF 5.50 Child 6–15.99 years

The GA Travelcard and the Libero zone 100/101 season ticket are valid. Tickets can also be purchased via the BLS online timetable and via the BLS Mobil App, as well as at all stations in Switzerland.

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