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Culinary delights and far-reaching views on the Gurten

Relaxation, culinary pleasures, or a cosy barbecue on Bern’s local mountain

For a unique panoramic view, you needn’t travel any further. Just minutes away from Bern city centre lies the Gurten, which rises to 860 metres above sea level. The breathtaking view of Bern’s old town, the Bernese Mittelland and the snow-covered mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland will soon have you forgetting your daily routine. Those wanting to go higher can climb the 22-metre Gurten Tower.

On the culinary front, the Gurten spoils you with gourmet menus in the panoramic restaurant Gurtners, or in the family restaurant with the most beautiful sun terrace in Bern. Those who like to be right out in nature can use one of the seven barbecue spots, with wood freely available at these official “Brätlistellen”, as the Swiss call them. Each barbecue area also boasts seating, either on logs around the fire or at permanently installed picnic tables.

Travel in comfort by train to Wabern near Bern. The valley station for the Gurtenbahn funicular is just a short walk from the train station.

Culinary delights

From the spacious terraces of Gurtners restaurant and the Tapis Rouge family restaurant, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Bern and the Bernese Mittelland all the way to the Jura. With its large panoramic windows, Gurtners restaurant invites you to enjoy culinary highlights with a magnificent view. Families are also well catered for on the Gurten. The family restaurant serves up a rich selection of delicacies for every taste at several buffets, with a playroom where younger family members can explore and let off steam. Those who like to keep it really low-key can use one of the seven barbecue spots on the Gurten.

Breakfast with a view

Gurtners Sunday brunch and family brunch with children

Start the weekend with brunch for the whole family at Tapis Rouge, or kick off your Sunday with a sedate brunch at Gurtners restaurant. You’ll be delighted by the varied selection of regional breakfast specialities, not to mention the magnificent view.

Grilling on the Gurten

A cosy barbecue

The seven different barbecue sites provided on the Gurten invite you to enjoy some relaxing time here. From the Gurten mountain station, the barbecue areas can be reached within three to eight minutes on foot.

  • Playing & grilling
    With the large expanse of green space, children can let off steam on the lawn while the adults prepare the barbecue buffet.
  • Reservation
    The barbecue sites cannot be reserved. We recommend arriving early on your chosen day.
  • Disposable barbecues
    Disposable barbecues are prohibited on the Gurten, for the sake of the environment and the lawn. Bern’s local mountain attaches great importance to keeping nature pristine and this outdoor space well-maintained. The park operators – and nature itself – are therefore very grateful to you for disposing of your waste correctly or taking it home again.

Views

Breathe deeply and take it all in from the Gurten Tower

Just a few metres behind the restaurants is the 22-metre-high, star-shaped Gurten Tower. The climb up a spiral staircase to the 22-metre-high, 360° viewing platform is well worth the effort, as here you can enjoy views reaching as far as Weissenstein or the Chasseral. Information boards tell you what you’re looking at: the Swiss Plateau, the Bernese Alps with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and the city of Bern with its surrounding settlements.

Availability Today (Tuesday) open

Gurtners restaurant

Mon–Fri       11.30–14.00 hours / 17.30–23.00 hours
Sat               11.30–23.00 hours (14.00–17.30 limited snack menu)
Sun              11.00–17.00 hours

Table reservation

Tapis Rouge family restaurant

Mon–Sun     09.00–20.00 hours

From 14 October 2024 the restaurant will close at 18.00 hours.

Table reservation

Barbecue sites

The barbecue sites are freely accessible at all times,
except for during the Gurtenfestival (17 to 20 July 2024)

Gurten funicular timetable

The Gurten funicular operates daily from 7.00 hours every quarter of an hour, at 00/15/30 and 45 hours. Deviations from the timetable are possible when passenger numbers are high.

Monday–Saturday:

Last ascent     23.30 hours
Last descent   23.45 hours

Sunday & public holidays:

Last ascent     20.00 hours
Last descent   20.15 hours

     
Subject to change without prior notice

Rates Gurten funicular

Funicular railway Wabern–Gurten Kulm, one-way *

  • CHF 7.00 Adults
  • CHF 3.50 Adults with Half Fare Card
  • CHF 3.50 Children aged 6 to 15.99

Funicular railway Wabern–Gurten Kulm, return *

  • CHF 12.60 Adults
  • CHF 6.30 Adults with Half Fare Card
  • CHF 6.30 Children aged 6 to 15.99

      
* also applies to replacement service

GA, Half-Fare travelcard, Bern Ticket, Junior Travelcard and Libero monthly and annual travelcards for the 100/101 zone are valid. The Libero Day pass and the Multi and Group Day passes are not valid. Tickets can be purchased via the BLS timetable and in the BLS mobile app as well as at any ticket counter or ticket machine.

     
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

How to get there

Travel in comfort by train to Wabern b. Bern. From here, it’s just a few steps to the Gurtenbahn funicular railway station.

BLS suggestion

Don’t feel like lugging your picnic with you?

On Sundays from April to September, you can get brunch to go on the Gurten and enjoy it on the Gurten meadow or at one of the barbecue spots.

Summer activities

  • Play park for children, with over 20 play stations surrounded by 100,000 m2 of nature – the Gurten pond, miniature railway, electric cars, climbing castle, frisbee, unique marble run and lots more. Most of the toys are free to use.
  • 500-metre-long toboggan run with a 185-metre-long lift; elevation difference 55 m, max. gradient 18%.
  • For athletic visitors: a great downhill route and a beautiful walking area.

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