Where can I watch Switzerland’s Euro 2020 matches in Bern?
With the pandemic now (hopefully) in the rearview mirror, Switzerland has relaxed rules for bars, restaurants and events. Here’s where you can watch Euro 2020 games live in Bern.
Euro 2020 – taking place of course in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic – kicked off on Friday, June 11th.
Despite injuries and a lack of match fitness among key players, Switzerland have a strong chance of getting out of the group stages and matching their best-ever performance, which took place at the 2016 edition where they went to the Round of 16.
Switzerland were drawn in a strong but not impossible group of Wales, Italy and Turkey - and will realistically hope to finish second in the group.
Switzerland have some top quality players in their squad, including Liverpool bench man Xherdan ‘Magic Cube’ Shaqiri and Gladbach goalscorer Breel Embolo, along with seemingly every goalkeeper in the Bundesliga.
What are the coronavirus rules?
From the start of the tournament, organisers will be able to host a maximum of 300 people outside and 100 people inside pursuant to coronavirus rules.
This means that the large ‘Public Viewing’ events which have taken place in the past will not be allowed as per usual.
From June 28th, the rules will be further relaxed to allow for up to 1,000 people if they are seated.
This will however be from the quarter finals onwards, which gives Switzerland a surefire incentive to go deep in the tournament.
But whether you’re cheering for Switzerland or another one of the tournament’s 24 teams, here’s where you can watch.
While many of the usual large public viewing sites will be unavailable, this will benefit some of the city’s smaller sports bars who will now surely have every seat filled.
Where can I watch the Euros in Bern?
Reservations are recommended or required at most venues.
If you're just keen to play it by ear or if you haven't got any reservations locked in, then a walk along Aarbergergasse will throw up plenty of options that might tickle your fancy.
The closest you'll get to a 'public viewing' of years past will be at Dr Bitz, right in the centre of Bern, which shows every game life. While entry is free, reservations are encouraged for big games.
Bierhübeli, in the north of the city, also shows all games and has a good selection of beers.