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Best time to visit Bern, Switzerland

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The best time to visit Bern is May-June

If you’re looking to travel to Bern for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Bern is May-June due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 26℃ (78℉) in the middle of the day. The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Bern is around -11℃ (12℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Bern in August, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. May sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in September instead.

If you want to learn everything you need to know about the best times to travel to Bern, the weather and stats by month and so much more, make sure you keep reading. Once you’re ready, we’ve included a bunch of our favourite online booking tools to help you find the best deals on flights, accommodation and anything else you’ll need for your trip. Happy reading!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

August

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Bern seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Bern as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Bern is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Bern

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Bern for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Bern climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Bern for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Bern in January

  • Average temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Bern in February

  • Average temperature: -0℃ (32℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 10 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Bern in March

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Bern in April

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Bern in May

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 18 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Bern in June

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 15 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Bern in July

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in July, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Bern in August

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 13 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in August, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Bern in September

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Bern in October

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Bern in November

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Bern in December

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (28℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bern in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Bern is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 23℃ (73℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Bern is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Bern is generally around May, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of May too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Bern, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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