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Tips for holiday planning

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

 2021  2022
New Year's Day   1 January  1 January
 Saint Berchtold 2 January  2 January
Good Friday 2 April   15 April
Easter Monday 5 April   18 April
Ascension Day 13 May  26 May
Whit Monday 24 May  6 June
 Swiss National Holiday  1 August  1 August
Christmas  25 December  25 December
St. Stephens's Day  26 December  26 December
  • 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 and many restaurants are closed on public holidays. Some shops at Bern railway station and some petrol stations remain open, albeit with shorter hours.
  • The days around Easter, Ascension Day and Pentecost are popular holiday periods for employees. 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.
  • The afternoons of the 24th and 31st of December are also holidays at the University of Bern. 
  • Between 24th December and 2nd January (between Christmas and New Year) many offices at the University of Bern are not fully occupied or remain closed.

Special terms and conditions:

For detailed questions regarding attendance hours or holiday entitlement, please contact the personnel officer at your institute or read the online information give by the Human Resource section (uni-intern).