The best things in life are free. Therefore I spend most of my summer at the river, in the mountains or at places without an urge to consume. One such oasis just sprouted in 2018 in a quite unlikely corner of the city – Kocherpark, a tiny park some steps outside the city center. There is a culture festival going on in June and July, followed by an open-air arthouse cinema in August. And the entrance is – of course – free for both.
“Kocherpark” was once known as a national hotspot of the ’90s heroine epidemic. The images of half-dead pushers with dirty needles in their forearms made their way around the globe and were one important reason why today heroine is legally distributed to addicts in major Swiss cities such as Bern. After that episode, the park disappeared out of the memory of most Bernese. If at all, it was used by some employees of the neighboring justice court for lunch breaks – but that was about it.
Therefore, the resurrection of “Kocherpark” with its summer festivals is quite remarkable. Nowadays, the vibe is relaxed, the surrounding is green and the cultural programme includes everything from yoga and hairdressing, lectures and concerts to silent discos and pyro performances. Bring your own snacks, feel the grass under your bare feet and enjoy the hippie vibe of the 21st century.