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Tips for holiday planning

Work-free public holidays at the University of Bern are: 

2020 2021
New Year's Day  1 January 1 January
 Saint Berchtold 2 January 2 January
Good Friday 10 April 2 April 
Easter Monday 13 April 5 April 
Ascension Day 21 May 13 May
Whit Monday 1 June 24 May
Swiss National Holiday 1 August 1 August
Christmas 25 December 25 December
St. Stephens's Day 26 December 26 December
  • The afternoons of the 24th and 31st of December are also holidays at the University of Bern. On the day before Good Friday, Ascension Day and August 1, the working time is reduced by 1 hour.
  • If a public holiday falls on a non-working day (e.g. Saturday or Sunday), you are not entitled to compensation. 
  • On the day before a holiday, shops close in the late afternoon. If you want to avoid long waiting lines (especially in grocery stores), you should go shopping early.
  • As on Sundays, all shops, schools, companies and offices and many restaurants are closed on public holidays. Some shops at Bern railway station and some petrol stations remain open, albeit with shorter hours.
  • Between 24th December and 2nd January (between Christmas and New Year) many companies and offices are not fully occupied or remain closed.
  • The days around Easter, Ascension Day and Pentecost are popular holiday periods for employees. For example, Accension Day is always on a Thursday. By taking one day of holidays, you can have a four-day weekend (Thu-Sun).
  • In Bern, July is one of the most popular holiday months for families. Many institutes at the university are not fully occupied during this time.

Special terms and conditions:

For detailed questions regarding attendance hours or holiday entitlement, please contact the personnel officer at your institute.