Gurten in winter

Winter fun on Bern’s ‘local mountain’

An excursion to the Gurten is always rewarding. However, it is particularly good fun in the snow – in Switzerland’s smallest ski resort. When there is sufficient snow, the children’s lift and toboggan run are open each day. Even last-minute visitors to the Gurten don’t have to miss out on the fun: skis, poles, ski boots and wooden toboggans can be hired on site. If, despite all the winter sport, the cold still manages to penetrate your down jacket, you can warm up in the two restaurants in the Kulm building.

Renewal Gurtenbahn 2024

In the winter of 2023 to 2024, skiing and tobogganing will not be possible due to the renewal of the Gurtenbahn, so the Gurten will offer a different family winter sports experience this winter:

Skiing and tobogganing

Weather conditions

As soon as there is enough snow, the toboggan run and ski lift are open each day. The toboggan run is not illuminated.

On the Gurten website, symbols on the start page inform you whether or not the toboggan run and ski lift are open.

Ski equipment

Skis, poles and boots can be hired  in the container at the children ski lift.

Toboggan hire

Traditional wooden sledges can be hired from the mountain station of the Gurtenbahn funicular railway.

Ski school

When booked in advance, you can also enjoy a skiing lesson.


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.


Operating times Gurtenbahn

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



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.

Wabern–Gurten Kulm one-way

  • CHF 6.00 Adult
  • CHF 3.00 Adult with Half Fare Card
  • free Adult with GA
  • CHF 3.00 Child 6–15.99 years
  • free Child up to 5.99 years

Wabern–Gurten Kulm retour

  • CHF 11.00 Adult
  • CHF 5.50 Adult with Half Fare Card
  • free Adult with GA
  • CHF 5.50 Child 6–15.99 years
  • free Child up to 5.99 years

Prices, skiing and tobogganing

  • CHF 5.00 Day ticket ski lift
  • CHF 5.00 Ski, pole and boot hire
  • CHF 5.00 Toboggan hire


Take-away-Stand Bahnhöfli

Bei gutem Wetter ist der Take-Away-Stand Bahnhöfli geöffnet, wo Sie sich unter anderem mit Glühwein, Punsch, Tee oder Gerstensuppe verköstigen können.


Montag - Samstag: 13.00 - 17.00 Uhr
Sonntag: 9.00 - 17.00 Uhr

Restaurant Tapis Rouge

In this warm and welcoming self-service restaurant, a range of buffets offers you a wide selection of salads, hot foods and delicious desserts. Here you will find something to suit every taste. For young guests, there is a children’s plate available, and older children can enjoy our changing selection of roesti dishes. In good weather, you can dine outside on the two terraces, and children can play to their heart’s content in the two dedicated play rooms. 

Opening hours:

Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00

Restaurant Gurtners

Das Restaurant Gurtners verwöhnt Sie mit Spezialitäten und regionalen Gerichten. Geniessen Sie einen einzigartigen Ausblick auf die Stadt Bern - Sei es an wärmeren Tagen auf der Terrasse oder im Restaurant mit grossen Panoramafenstern. 


Montag - Samstag*: 11.30 - 14.00 Uhr und 17.30 - 23.00 Uhr
Sonntag: 11.00 - 17.00 Uhr
* Von 14.00 - 17.30 Uhr kleines Nachmittagsangebot

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.

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