Switzerland's Capital City

Bern Welcome
Bern Convention Bureau

Amthausgasse 4
CH-3001 Bern

+41 31 328 12 60

Conferences in Bern Region

Whether you are planning a convention, a conference, a trade show or an annual meeting, with Bern as your event destination, you will be right on target. The unique charm of the Swiss capital city, the unparalleled mixture of traditional and modern, its compact size and its location as a gateway to the Alps make Bern the perfect destination for your next event.

Capital location

Thanks to its central location in the heart of Switzerland, Bern can quickly be reached from all points of the compass. The city is directly connected to the international airports in Bern, Zurich, Geneva, and Basel, and can be reached within approximately 1.5 hours of travel time. If you prefer travelling by public transportation take advantage of a dense train network that guarantees direct connections to the most important cities in Europe.

Within the city itself everything is in walking distance or a short tram ride away. Just use your BernTicket for free rides on public transportations. The BernTicket is included in every booked overnight stay in the city. Thanks to the short distances and quick transfer times, hosting sustainable events in the Swiss capital becomes effortless. Additionally, this allows more time for networking and social programs between meetings.Bern’s central location also makes it an ideal base for excursions to all parts of Switzerland.

Capital venues

The city of Bern has an outstanding meeting infrastructure, all close to the practically carfree UNESCO listed Old Town. Besides diffrent types of hotels and a huge selection of restaurants, bars, cafés and cultural institutions, the Swiss capital city also beasts BERNEXPO with the largest open air fair grounds in Switzerland for events up to 5,000 people and the Convention Center Kursaal Bern, one of Switzerland’s most spectacular congress and event centers. The spacious glass-front “Forum” with spectacular views of the Old Town and a multi-functional arena for up to 1,500 persons await your guests along with an additional 28 conference rooms, three restaurants and bars, first-class service and comfort in the connecting 4-star superior Hotel Allegro and great entertainment in the adjacent Grand Casino.

Capital culture

The romantic Swiss capital city owes its appeal to the unity of its urban landscape created by its sandstone buildings, countless cobbled alleyways and ancient towers and turrets from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. All these treasures are enclosed by the loop of the Aare river, curving round the old town like a protective shield.

Behind the historical facades of Bern, guests find everything their heart could desire: from ultra-modern shops with international brands, fashion boutiques through to exquisite local specialist stores and fine jewelers. The six kilometers (four miles) of arcades in the old town make for a covered shopping promenade. Colourful markets with fresh vegetables, flowers and meat products are held several times a week within the Old Town.

Capital activities

Inspire people, reward teamwork, motivate employees and enjoy the slower paced Bernese lifestyle. The capital region is full of surprises with many unexpected opportunities and ideas providing the right mix of fun and action for your team. Discover the UNESCO historic city centre on one of the many guided tours offered by Bern Welcome, have an artistic lesson at the creative atelier at Zentrum Paul Klee or enjoy a typical Bernese aperitif on top of Switzerland’s highest on top of Bern’s Minster. The Bernese countryside with its famous Emmental valley and Nature Parc Gantrisch offers as well a wide range of typically Swiss experiences. Why don’t you boost your team spirit during Swiss farmers games, an E-Bike Tour or a cheese making workshop?

Capital Services

Are you planning a congress, a convention, a team event or an incentive trip? Our Team at Bern Convention Bureau would be happy to provide you with our insider knowledge in finding suitable venues for your event, booking and managing hotel rooms as well as planning your excursions. And the best part of it : most of the services are free of charge.

Bern - a relaxing town for focused people

Mischa Niederl
Head of Bern Convention Bureau

Why did you specifically choose to work with the Bern Convention Bureau?

Helping to ensure that Bern plays an important role in the MICE market both in the medium and long term is a great motivation for me every day. A lot of new things are currently being created in Bern. A good example is the new festival hall on the BERNEXPO site, with a capacity of 9,000 people it opens up new possibilities for our destination, both nationally and internationally. This is the reason why Bern Welcome, BERNEXPO and Kursaal Bern officially joined forces in January 2023 to form the Congress Hub Bern interest group. We want to make greater use of synergies and expand the joint network. The aim of the collaboration is to bring existing and new congress formats to Bern and thus generate sustainable added value for the entire region in every respect. It has been a great pleasure to be involved from the very beginning. The operating-Team of the Bern Convention Bureau team is fully challenged day after day. It’s nice to be part of such progress.

What insights do you bring to the world of MICE with your experience in the travel industry? Specifically, do you have much prior experience in planning MICE events? And what innovative ideas are you bringing to the Bureau shall we say for 2024 for example?

As a tourism professional with more than 35 years of experience in Switzerland and abroad including both outgoing and incoming industries, I hope that I can make a valuable contribution to “my destination”. As Group Exhibitions Director for many years, I was responsible for a large number of trade fairs, among other things, and I am still delighted to observe and support these important events for our region from my new role at Bern Convention Bureau. The operational management of the innovative and already very well performing Congress Hub Bern in close cooperation with our flagship partners Kursaal Bern and BERNEXPO is an important part of our MICE strategy for our destination. This year, for example, we are relaunching the “BEST” sales event, where we show our customers the most beautiful locations in the city and region of Bern over the course of two days. When it comes to MICE, Bern is in forward mode.

We read on your website that you support organizers with «bid presentations ». What does that mean exactly? And what does the support look like in concrete terms?

This pertains to the bidding process for congresses. Our team assists prospective congress organizers in creating bid presentations, which they can subsequently submit to the associations. This involves assessing and securing appropriate venues, organizing and visually presenting pertinent information, and aiding in the preparation of the presentation. As a city, Bern often cannot directly bid for congresses but requires a member of an international association to act on its behalf. Consequently, we provide comprehensive support from our end to facilitate the application process on behalf of Bern for potential organizers.

Your Website says that there are many good reasons to choose Bern to host an event. Can you highlight what, in your mind, makes Bern a destination of choice over the stiff competition from other Swiss cities and MICE destinations?

In Bern, efficiency and deceleration go hand in hand. As the most important venues and hotels are all placed along the same tram line, in the federal city, which is centrally located in Europe and in Switzerland, travellers save valuable time on short distances from location to location. In Bern Guests can travel free of charge and sustainably on public transport thanks to the BernTicket. The Bernese are very focussed – which is also reflected in the quality of the services in the destination – despite they also know how to take a break and enjoy the moment for example on the way over the Kornhaus Bridge to admire at the Alpine chain appearing on the horizon. This culture is infectious, spills over to visitors and event organizers and perhaps even tempts them to spend the weekend after the congress in the federal city and enjoy the diverse cultural offerings.

Can you tell us your favorite Venue in Bern ?

As a football fan and supporter of our local club BSC Young Boys, I go into raptures about the events and seminars on offer at the Wankdorf stadium. However the beauty of Bern lies precisely in its great variety of locations. From historic buildings such as the Casino Bern to the hip industrial chic of the Stufenbau event location or a cozy country guesthouse on the countryside – the destination of Bern has numerous top locations to offer, for every taste and every budget – just ask us.

Finally, the Bernese have a reputation for being slow but steady? Is this just an urban myth or is there any truth in the saying that could make an organizer wonder whether it could be laborious holding an event in Bern?

No, that’s not a myth. Even as a Bernese, I often have the feeling that time passes a little slower than elsewhere when strolling through the old city. However, this does not detract from the quality of service in the businesses in the city and region of Berne. For people organizing congresses or events in Bern, this is not a disadvantage but an advantage. Isn’t it perhaps particularly pleasing for event organisers to have a balanced environment? In Bern, they can rely on everything running smoothly, concentrate fully on their event and enjoy the relaxed Bernese “savoir-vivre” once the work is done.

Conferences in Bern Region