«The Miracle of Bern»

 «The Miracle of Bern»

«The Miracle of Bern»

Thanks to the «Spirit of Spiez» to the World Cup championship title

On the 4th of July 1954 the German national football team beat in the World Cup final in the Bernese Wankdorf stadium in front of 60’000 fanatic spectators the highly favourised Hungary by 3:2 and won the World Cup champions title. «The Miracle of Bern» was born. Winning of the title was greeted with great euphoria in the post-war period. Those who talk about «The Miracle of Bern» will certainly not avoid also mentioning «The Spirit of Spiez».


The «Miracle of Bern» highlights

  • Breathe World Cup air along the lakeside path

  • Visit the Hotel Belvédère: Here is where the football champions from 1954 stayed

  • SmarTrail: Exciting multimedia tour and a quiz «The Miracle of Bern»

The Spirit of Spiez

The team spirit was the key

The German national team with the legendary captain Fritz Walter and the trainer Sepp Herberger lodged during the football World Cup in the Strandhotel Belvédère in Spiez. Walter said in an interview: «The good spirit of Spiez contributed to the team who managed to make the miracle of Bern happen». Since then the Strandhotel Belvédère has been regarded as a place of pilgrimage for football fanatics from the whole of Germany.


Lakeside path

Discover the «Miracle of Bern» between Spiez and Faulensee

On the lakeside path between Spiez and Faulensee, the World Cup trainer Sepp Herberger developed the tactic for the World Cup matches. Three hand-carved wooden statues with panels to read about the history and various benches with quotes recall the time in 1954. With the smartphone you can also do the SmarTrail «Miracle of Bern» whilst on the way. This starts by the Belvédère and goes along the lakeside path.


SmarTrail «Miracle of Bern»

Multimedia-tour on the lakeside path

Experience an exciting journey through time: On the SmarTrail «Miracle of Bern» which starts from the Strandhotel Belvédère, the best stories relating to the legendary German national football World Cup champions title in 1954 are presented in a new way. The famous spirit of Spiez can be relived through audios, pictures, videos, quiz questions and bonus material. At eleven different spots, you will learn how the German team gathered their strength in Spiez for this historic triumph.


Strandhotel Belvédère

The Spiezer world champion accommodation

The German national team lodged in the Strandhotel Belvédère in Spiez during the whole time of the World Cup. Various objects arouse memories of the historic sensation.

Discover the place where the miracle originated from and the Spirit of Spiez was brought to life. Enjoy coffee and cake on the Belvédère terrace, enquire in advance to taste the original world champions menu or book your world champion stay in the Strandhotel.


Did you know?


years the legendary trainer Sepp Herberger was the manager of the German national team (1937 – 1964)


minutes the German fans had to be patient for before the final winning goal was scored


Marks every player earned as a bonus for the World Cup title


the historic Bernese Wankdorf stadium and place of the final of the World Cup 1954 was demolished

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