Planning a Football Trip to Bern? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Bern – How to get to Bern & How to get around
Football Trip to Bern – Fly to Bern
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Directions from the Airport
Skywork is the only airline that flies directly to Bern from London, from everywhere else you will fly via somewhere else or to a nearby airport.
The city can be reached by public transport. The airport bus takes passengers to Belp train station. From there, you can take an S-Bahn to Bern main station. For visitors staying in Bern overnight, the journey by public transport from the airport to the city is included in the Bern Ticket.
Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest airport. You can reach Bern main station from Zurich Airport train station in an hour and 15 mins by train. Trains with direct connections from the airport to the capital depart every 30 mins.
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EuroAirport is located near the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany. Bern can be reached via Basel SBB train station in around 1 hour. Trains from Basel SBB to Bern depart every 30 mins.
Geneva Airport is also well connected to the Swiss rail network. Geneva Airport train station can be reached directly from the arrivals hall. Direct trains to Bern depart every 30 mins. The journey takes just under two hours.
Football Trip to Bern – Travel By Train
There are regular, direct train connections to all larger Swiss towns, as well as to Europe’s most important cities. Passengers can reach Zurich, Basel, Interlaken and Lucerne in under an hour with a direct connection.
Train tickets from London to Bern start at €79.50 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance.
The average journey time by train between London and Bern is 9 hours and 59 minutes, with around 18 trains per day. The fastest journey time by train from London to Bern is 7 hours and 29 minutes.
No, there are no direct train services from London to Bern. Travelling from London to Bern by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from London to Bern leaves at 05:40. The last train from London to Bern leaves at 20:01.
Football Trip to Bern – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 10 and 11 hours to drive to Bern from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Bern – Travel Around Bern
There is a network of trams, buses and local trains (S-Bahnen) that allow for easy traveling all over town. A car is not needed to get around. The Bern Ticket offers free traveling in the public transport zones 100 and 101, which is basically all of Bern. You will get a free Bern Ticket if you book a hotel, an apartment, a hostel, or any other accommodation in Bern.
Football Trip to Bern – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Bern – The Stadium
Since 2005, Young Boys has played its home matches at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf in Bern. The stadium seats 31,783 spectators and is the second largest football stadium in Switzerland.
The Stade de Suisse was built on the grounds of the former Wankdorf Stadium, which was demolished in 2001. The stadium was officially opened on 30 July 2005.
The original Wankdorf stadium was opened in 1925 after a construction period of seven months. It had a capacity of 22,000, of which 1,200 covered seats and covered standing room for another 5,000 people. The first international match took place on 8 November 1925; 18,000 spectators witnessed the 2:0 victory of the Swiss national team against Austria.
For the Football World Cup of 1954, the stadium was demolished and a new one with a capacity of 64,000 spectators (on 8,000 seats and standing room for 56,000) was inaugurated shortly before the tournament began. On 4 July 1954, the legendary Miracle of Bern, the unexpected 3:2 victory of the German team over the Hungarians in the final, made the stadium an icon of football history.
The stadium saw two more major finals: in 1961, the final of the European Cup was played in the Wankdorf stadium. S.L. Benfica won 3:2 against FC Barcelona on 31 May. In 1989, the stadium was the venue of the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup: on 10 May, FC Barcelona won 2:0 against U.C. Sampdoria.
Football Trip to Bern – Getting to the Stadium
The STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf easy to reach via public transport, several lines lead to the stadium:
Tram No. 9 to Guisanplatz
Bus No. 20 to Wyler
Bus No. 28 to Wankdorfplatz
Several trains to S-Bahn station Wankdorf
RBS lines 40 and 41 to Wankdorf Center
Football Trip to Bern – Getting Tickets
Football Trip to Bern – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Switzerland can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Switzerland page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Bern – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Bern – Where to stay
In the middle of the Old Town, on the banks of the Aare or in the city’s trendy districts
Football Trip to Bern – What else to see & do
At 858m, the Gurten sports fabulous views over Bern on a clear day, and makes for a welcome getaway from the city.
Erected at the end of the 12th century as Bern’s western city gate, this tower in the Old Town has become an icon for an extraordinary clock that was installed in 1530. One of the oldest in Switzerland, this measured standard time in the Canton of Bern, and has an astounding astronomical clock below.
One of the many things to love about Bern’s UNESCO-listed medieval centre is its uniformity: Most of the city was claimed by a fire in 1405, and tall sandstone buildings took over from the old wooden houses.
Switzerland’s tallest cathedral went up gradually during the 15th and 16th centuries. The single spire soars to more than 100 metres and unless you’re a bit squeamish about heights you should have no hesitation conquering the 400-odd steps to view the distant, snow-capped Alps. But before you do that, the Last Judgement will greet you as you enter. Not literally the end of the world: This is the astonishing set-piece on the main portal, held as one of Europe’s greatest groups of Late Gothic sculpture.
Football Trip to Bern – Where to Drink
Sky Terrace bar perches atop the Schweizerhof Bern with delightful 360-degree views over the city’s Unesco World Heritage Old Town. Unsurprisingly, it’s a swanky affair, with wooden decking, rattan chairs and conical potted shrubs.
Altes Tramdepot – This convivial lunch spot has the authentic atmosphere of a bustling beer hall – without the kitsch. Known for its dedication to the art of beer, this former tram depot-cum-brewery is worth a visit for its beverages, which are brewed on the premises twice a week in full view of customers (guided tours will appeal to beer buffs).
Einstein Kaffee and Rauchsalon (Kramgasse 49). Once the home of Albert Einstein, the European-style coffee house and bar dishes out a rotating menu of salads, beef tartare, charcuterie, and more. Besides caffeinated drinks, the café pours Einstein Beer along with prosecco, red and white wines, and aperitifs.
A novel stop for an early evening drink might be Matte Brennerei (mattebrennerei.ch) on Muhlenplatz. Staff distil their own absinthe, using locally grown wormwood.
Barbière features five taps cozily nestled in the corner of an extra-long, wooden L-shaped bar. Usually two or three taps are reserved for house brews and the others feature a regularly rotating list of favorites from small Swiss microbreweries
Felsenau – Bern – Founded in 1881, Bern’s Felsenau brewery has a long history behind it. The most popular Bernese beer in Switzerland is the naturally cloudy Bärner Müntschi (Müntschi means kiss in the Bernese dialect). The locals are especially proud of it. Also, the dark Bärni and the light Bärner Junker beer are often enjoyed. Upon request, the Felsenau brewery offers a 45-minute guided tour including beer tasting.
Football Trip to Bern – Where to Eat
Swiss cuisine combines influences from the German, French and North Italian cuisine. However, it varies greatly from region to region with the language divisions constituting a rough boundary outline. Mind you, many dishes have crossed the local borders and become firm favourites throughout Switzerland. These dishes include, among others:
Cheese fondue – Melted cheese with bread cubes. The bread cubes are picked up on the fork and swivelled in the melted cheese, which is served in a traditional ceramic fondue pot called ‘caquelon’.
Raclette – Melted cheese served with “Gschwellti” (jacket potatoes), cocktail gherkins and onions as well as pickled fruit.
Älplermagronen – A kind of gratin with potatoes, macaroni, cheese, cream and onions. And most importantly, stewed apple on the side.
Rösti – A flat, hot cake made of grated, cooked jacket or raw potatoes and fried in hot butter or fat. The dish is bound by nothing apart from the starch contained in the potatoes.
Birchermüesli – Developed around about 1900 by the Swiss doctor Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Brenner, it contains oat flakes, lemon juice, condensed milk, grated apples, hazelnuts or almonds.
Swiss cheese – Each area of the country, each region has its own types of cheese – the diversity of products created from one single base ingredient – good Swiss milk – is quite astonishing! Such as, for example, the soft and melting Vacherin cheese. The aromatic Appenzeller. The full-flavoured Sbrinz. The Emmentaler, famous for its big holes. The world-famous Gruyère. Or the Tête de Moine which is shaved into decorative rosettes.
Altes Tramdepot is a site of gastronomic and natural interest. With views of the park, Bern’s Old Town, and the beautiful Aare river from its beer garden and front terrace, the restaurant is highly rated by visitors. The menu is eclectic, offering a ‘Bernese plate’ of sausages, bacon, boiled beef, smoked pork sirloin, potatoes and sauerkraut, spätzli (Swiss pasta) dishes, traditional French cuisine, and Asian plates. However, the main attraction of Altes Tramdepot is its integrated brewery – copper vats are situated in the middle of the restaurant behind the bar – in which the house beer is produced.
Della Casa has been a favorite since it opened in 1892. Though slightly expensive, Della Casa offers an atmosphere of Swiss authenticity, and its location makes it a handy option for those visiting the city centre. Known as ‘Delli’ to the locals, the restaurant prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and adherence to tradition. With seating on the ground and first floors, the menu features Swiss wines and ‘Delli’ favourites, such as veal liver and Bratwurst.
Wein&Sein is worth visiting even before considering the huge selection of wine and seasonal menus on offer. Lunch menus change daily, though retain some seasonal favorites, while the five-course evening menu is available with or without meat and fish.
Lötschberg (Zeughausgasse 16), a casual albeit modern-looking eatery that specializes in sizable portions of traditional dishes. Fondue, raclette, wiener schnitzel, and rosti (a peasant dish similar to hash brown potatoes) are some of the most popular, and rightfully so, as they’re all delectable. Lötschberg’s local beer and wine selections make for an ideal pairing alongside this decidedly Swiss-German menu.
Pizza Ristorante Thurm Molino (Waisenhauspl, 13) is a solid choice. Antipasti and pasta like Bolognese and pesto as well as other Italian dishes are reliable
Jack’s Brasserie is somewhat of an institution in Bern and is famous for it’s signature Veal Schnitzel and French cuisine. Although situated in the newly refurbished Schweizerhof Hotel, Jack’s Brasserie remains untouched and maintains it’s original 1920’s decor. I dined here during my trip to Bern and thought both the food and service was fantastic. Great for an upmarket dinner option.