The “Zibelemärit” (Onion Market) is a traditional folk festival held on the fourth Monday of every November. Farmers from the surrounding area bring over 50 tons of onions – artistically woven into braids – to the federal capital, along with garlic. Colorful market stalls offer ceramic pots, vegetables, traditional market goodies and mementos. To help resist the winter cold, don’t miss the Glühwein stand with its hot mulled wine.
The bustle gets underway at 5:00 a.m. as hundreds of visitors from home and abroad flood the city. This is the day when savory cheese tarts, onion tarts and onion soup are on offer in all the restaurants, filling the air with a heady aroma. Younger visitors scatter confetti in the streets and have fun at the fairground.
Courtesy Bern Tourism.