Bern in Switzerland is often considered one of the finest places to live in the world. A Unesco World Heritage site it is the 4th largest city by population in Switzerland. Here Bern Tourism has provided some images and a list of must try food and drinks commonly found in the city.
Ham, bacon, spare ribs, knuckle of pork, marrowbone, sauerkraut, beans, potatoes: the Berner Platte (“Bernese platter“) is a gourmet feast whose creation can be dated precisely: to 5 March 1798. On this date, the Bernese defeated the French army at Neuenegg, and to celebrate, held a great feast. Everyone brought whatever they had – and the Berner Platte was born. And thankfully, it still exists today.
The Rösti, originally a typical farmer‘s breakfast of the german- speaking part of Switzerland, has nowadays become a Swiss national dish. Each region has its own cooking method, for example, the Bernese are famous for their butter crispy Rösti.
Emmentaler AOP: Cheese Dairy Emmental
The making of Emmentaler can be traced back to the twelfth century. Even today, our Emmentaler AOP is produced by 180 experienced master cheese makers using traditional methods – and obviously still the original Emmentaler recipe. In the Cheese Dairy Emmental, numerous events and changing exhibitions make for a varied program and appeal to a broad section of the public.
Züpfe: Sunday special
Bern‘s traditional Sunday bread is Züpfe, an ornate plaited loaf that has its origins in traditional farmers‘ cuisine. It is made of bread dough with added butter and milk: exactly how much has been a matter of dispute among bakers since time immemorial. One thing is essential, however: a coating of egg yolk, to give the loaf its characteristic golden color.
The Kambly experience
Kambly is Switzerland‘s best-known and most-favoured biscuit brand. In celebration of 100 years of Kambly, the very first Kambly bakery from 1910 has been recreated in Trubschachen. An audiovisual exhibition takes you on an eventful journey through the history of Kambly including, of course, a peek into the future. In an ultra-modern Kambly confectionery, you can pick up a few tricks of the trade while watching the maîtres confiseurs at work.
Bern‘s emblem, the bear, also features in the city‘s cuisine. For decades, the Bernese have enjoyed Mandelbärli („almond bears“) made of almonds, sugar, butter and egg white, from the confectioner Beck Glatz.
The Berner Haselnusslebkuchen (Bernese Hazelnut Gingerbread) is another specialty of the city. This sweet pastry consists of an aromatic mass of ground hazelnuts, sugar and white of the egg.
The chocolate factory is located in the Swiss capital. The Toblerone is exclusively produced in Bern for the whole world that means all Toblerone wich is sold worldwide is originally Bernese! Already in the twenties of the last century Toblerone was available almost all over the world. Today, the Swiss chocolate par excellence, is sold in over 100 countries.
A sweet kiss with egg whites: The pastry was invented around the year 1600, and one of its biggest fans supposedly was French King Louis XV, who therefore named the Meringue “baiser“, meaning kiss. Swiss meringue is whisked over a bain marie (double boiler) to warm the egg whites, whisked steadily until it cools and then baked. “Ämmitauer Merängge” is a delicate creation with caramel flavour from the Emmental, usually served with whipped cream and vermicelli of sweet chestnut puree.
Vinery of the city of Bern
Since the year 2000 Hubert Louis manages this vinery in the fourth generation. It is situated nearby Lake Biel above La Neuveville on Jurassic calcareous soil and extends today over 20 hectares of La Neuveville to Schafis. 60 percent of the vines bear Chasseral grapes, 30 percent Pinot Noir and the remaining ten percent are distributed among the varieties Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Gamaret.
Several new beer cafés have opened recently in Bern, such as Barbière, Au Trappiste or Erzbierschof. They offer a varied selection of in-house brewed beer or national and international special beers as a change from the mainstream. For over fifteen years now exists the Bernese beer “Bärner Müntschi” (Bernese kiss), an unfiltered beer brewed by the traditional Bernese Felsenau brewery which is managed today in the fifth generation.
￼Langatun Whisky House
In this corn house from 1616 the famous LANGATUN Whisky is distilled. Here traditional handicraft and modern technology meet. On your tour you learn how the alcohol gets into the whisky and why the whisky has got a golden brown color. During guided tours, seminars and even by distilling yourself you learn the whisky making process and understand the importance of the selection of oak casks.
Some years ago, the Bernese Philip Jenzer, also known as Peppe, invented this tasty liquor made of ginger. It’s still an insider tip, although it is getting more and more popular in Bern. You can drink it pure or mixed as a drink – it’s always worth a try. You can find it in selected Bernese bars as well as in other Swiss cities.
Sirupier de Berne
Since 1980 and already in the second generation, the Sirupier de Berne produces in the Breitenrain district in Bern sirup. In the meantime, more than 30 syrups exist and the business is blooming thanks to the mouth-to-mouth publicity. New tastes are invented regularly, of which the latest re-minds of beer – but is actually sirup! One of the most popular flavors for years is “Better than iced tea” (“Besser aus Ystee”).