The Gurten is a must see if you are visiting Bern. It is a lovely hill which towers over the city from the south and is located just outside the city. The Gurten offers a wide range of entertainment with a focus on culture, leisure and games. On top you’ll find a kids’ play-area, an observation tower, and a park which offers great views of the city on one side and a nice panorama of the Bernese Alps on the opposite. Hiking paths lead in all directions. Families with children should not miss the cool playground as it is basically a kids’ paradise. In winter, the hill and snow covered slopes are often crowded with sledding families. In summer, hikers and picnickers abound. Summer also offers festivals. Every year in mid-July, The Gurten plays host to a very popular rock music festival. This is an amazing little spot that is well worth the short trip outside of the city.