Berne, Switzerland: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Berne, Switzerland? If you're planning to go to Berne, this article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Berne, Switzerland

Based on the climate and weather in Berne, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Berne, Switzerland

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Berne, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry TSA-friendly product.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection you can have.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently get worn. An unreadable vaccine card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to take an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great option.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Berne, Switzerland by month

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January

In January, Berne is frigid. Temperatures routinely are in the 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Berne, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%. There is frost most days.

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February

February in Berne can be very chilly and somewhat hazy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

March

Traveling to Berne in March, you will notice that it can be brisk, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

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April

April in Berne is cold, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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May

May in Berne is crisp, very rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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June

June is mild, very rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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July

In July, Berne is warm, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the 70s F (low 20s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Berne, with several of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

August

In August, Berne is balmy, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) and regularly jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Berne, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

September

September in Berne is mild, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to high 60s F (high 10s C).

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October

In October, Berne is relatively cool, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (mid 10s C) and occasionally jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Berne, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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November

November in Berne is brisk and somewhat rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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December

December is frigid. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost most days. It rains about a third of the time and snows sometimes.

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Activities for Berne, Switzerland

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Berne.

If you go to Tierpark Dählhölzli (Zoo), you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.

If you see the Berne Historical Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Bundeshaus, take:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you can carry your stuff.

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