The day starts early at the Onion Festival: image courtesy of berninfo.com
The “Zibelemärit” (the onion market) is a traditional folk festival which takes place on the fourth Monday every November starting at 5:00 AM! For about 100 years farmers from the surrounding areas have been bringing more than 50 tons of onions – in artistically woven plaits – and garlic to Bern, the Swiss federal capital. Colorful market stalls offer ceramic pots, bread, vegetables and mementos to the visitors. Hundreds of visitors come from home and abroad for this festive occasion (OK you don’t have to come right at the beginning). This is the day which this year is Monday, November 22, when cheese, cheesecake, onion cakes and onion soup are on offer in all the restaurants, giving off a spicy aroma. Enjoy a video view of a previous year’s festival to give you an idea of the festive ambiance!
To help resist the winter cold, don’t miss the Glühwein (hot spiced wine) stand. There are also children’s activities to occupy the little ones in the streets and at the fairgrounds while you warm up with Glühwein.
Onions, onions everywhere: image courtesy of berninfo.com
Early-morning special trains in the region with many local stops to include everyone will depart from Thun, Biel, Solothurn, Worb and Zurich. Timetable information is available from any SwissRail station or online (in English).
Bern Station. Image courtesy of Dominique Schreckling
Don’t forget your camera (and a few breath mints!)
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