Berne, Switzerland: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Berne, Switzerland? If you're planning to go to Berne, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

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.

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

January

If you are traveling to Berne in January, you will notice that it is very cold. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow 5-10 days this month.

Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella

February

February in Berne can be brisk and somewhat hazy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

It also snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average. There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy jacket
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens

March

March for Berne can be very chilly, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

There is frost about half of the time. It rains about half of the time and snows sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots

April

If you are traveling to Berne in April, you will notice that it can be brisk, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow once in a while.

Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

May

If you go to Berne in May, you will notice that it is relatively cool, very rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece

June

June in Berne is balmy, very rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses

July

July in Berne is warm, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals

August

August in Berne is mild, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

In September, Berne is balmy, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Berne, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans

October

If you are traveling to Berne in October, you will notice that it is chilly, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece

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 high 30s F (single digits C) to 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof boots

December

In December, Berne is frigid. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 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 December, humidity reaches as high as 80%. There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and J
  • A SIM card that works in Berne
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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