Bursting Tree Mural Bern – Reclaim The City

arts&culture
Art & culture

Nature is claiming back the city - a powerful image. The mural was painted by Paul Stämpfli in 1987, way before the world was discussing climate change.

Honestly: Bern isn't a great city for finding good street art. Therefore the mural at the Monbijou-quarter is a rare and precious gem. Ever since I was a kid I passed the 14 meter high tree bursting through a brick wall whenever I headed for the city.

Nature is claiming back the city - what a powerful image that is. The image was painted by Paul Stämpfli in 1987, way before the world was discussing climate change.


The tree's reflection in the neighboring glass-and-steel office building makes this piece even more interesting. The reflection was actually anticipated by the architects when the building was designed in 1998.

The building with the mural is the home of CONTACT, a leading institution in implementing the local drug policy. Back in the days when the mural was painted, the organisation spearheaded the de-criminalization of heroin, which over the years became the standard approach in many Swiss cities.

Today, the CONTACT building hosts a fine little Take-Away-Café. Another nearby treat is the excellent La Golosa gelateria, just across the street.

Pro tip: There are some nice little details to be spotted in the mural. Can you find the nuthatch and the lizard?

About this spot

Monbijoustrasse 70

247

CHF

no-price

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in Bern

Welle7 – Pastime at the train station

Welle7 is a warm and cozy place next to Bern's train station where you can kill time. It has a pharmacy, a supermarket, a food court & free, clean toilets!

relaxing
Relaxing
shopping
Shopping
snacks
Snacks

By

Sarah

Dennler

Fähre Bodenacker – Switch sides

"Fähre Bodenacker" is a ferry upstream the river Aare just outside Bern, where there's also a nice family restaurant, right in some beautiful nature...

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Sebastian

Meier

Zsa-zsa – The smallest bar in town

"Zsa-zsa" could be the smallest bar in Bern. It only has a little room, but it's really cozy, and the pleasant light & atmosphere harmonize well...

bars
Bars

By

Sarah

Dennler

Puce et Plus-la boîte – Magically treasure chest

"Puce et plus-la Boîte" in Bern is in a small cellar near Zytglogge. It's so beautifully designed, I can spend hours browsing tons of second-hand items...

shopping
Shopping

By

Sarah

Dennler

Reitschule – A walk on the wild side

"Reitschule" Bern is a controversial place with 1000 names that means a million different things to people. Prepare to taste the city's wild side here...

arts&culture
Art & culture
bars
Bars
music
Music
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sebastian

Meier

The New New Bern – Why thrifting is cool

And unlike other vintage stores, everything is curated by the team of The New New Bern themselves. Their handpicked selection is hip, urban and always in style. There will definitely be no holes in the clothes.

shopping
Shopping

By

Nathalie

Röllin

Kino Rex – Old skool arthouse cinema

"Kino Rex" represents the old-school arthouse cinema culture in Bern. It has become a hotspot for the city's established artists, journalists & critics...

cinema
Cinema

By

Sebastian

Meier

Voodoo Rhythm Hardware Store – Punk's Not Dead

"Voodoo Rhythm Hardware Store" is the underground cathedral of Reverend Beat-man in Bern -- a leading figure in the town's punk rock scene for 4 decades...

arts&culture
Art & culture
music
Music
shopping
Shopping

By

Sebastian

Meier

Veielihubel – Take a time out and breathe

The Veielihubel is a great place to have a quick recharge on a busy day and relish the quiet, the sun or the view – whatever you need at the time.

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Nathalie

Röllin

Seemanns-Club – Sailor Nostalgia

Seemanns-Club in Bern is a nautical-themed bar in a basement, open Fridays. Look for a door with an anchor. Founded by sailors, it's packed after 8pm.

bars
Bars

By

Sebastian

Meier

Burrito Bandito – L.A. street food in Bern

The owner (from California) wanted to bring yummy, healthy Californian-Mexican soul food from back home to Switzerland. And let me tell you, he did!

restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

By

Nathalie

Röllin

STOOR conscious fashion – Get your next it-piece

The store has a rather small but fine selection of women's and men's clothes: coats, sweaters, shirts, pants, dresses, pyjamas and more.

shopping
Shopping

By

Nathalie

Röllin

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in Bern

Get to know our Spotters from Bern

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.