The municipality of Zollikofen lies in the Bern-Mittelland district, approximately five kilometers north of Bern. The small economic center has a population of just over 10,000 and provides jobs for 5,000 people.
The Zollikofen site at a glance:
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Bayer (Schweiz) AGCrop Science
Frequently asked questions about the Zollikofen site
The 20 Bayer employees in Zollikofen work primarily in marketing and sales for Swiss Agriculture and Regulatory Affairs. The site also has a Development and Logistics department.
The official language, and the one used most widely in Bern and Zollikofen (86 percent) is German, specifically Bernese German, the regional Swiss German dialect. Around 11 percent of the Canton’s population speak French.
Wandering through Zollikofen, visitors will be greeted by scenic gems, grand buildings and interesting nature projects. The municipality has even established its own fund for preserving listed buildings and natural features.
Lakes Thun and Brienz are just a car journey away and make perfect locations for a day trip from Zollikofen. The lakes are right next to each other with just a flood plain separating them. A boat trip on one of the lakes offers unique views across the imposing mountain landscape and the historical castles on the shoreline.
Zollikofen has an active social scene: from the Café Mondial meeting space to various sports clubs and the Zollikofen Mountaineering and Ski Team – there’s something for everyone.
Yes! Once the working day in Zollikofen is over, you can be back in Bern in just 20 minutes by car. For sightseers, Bern has various well-known landmarks worth visiting, including the Zytglogge (clock tower), the Federal Palace of Switzerland and the BearPark. Art and culture enthusiasts will also find several of Switzerland’s most important museums and galleries in the city. And for those who simply want to enjoy the evening, Bern has plenty of restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs – you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.