See the bears of the capital city at Barenpark, a brown bear shelter on the eastern edge of the city's Old Town. According to local legend, Bern got its name from a bear caught by Duke Berthold von Zahringen, the founder of the city. Bern's bear saga continues at this "bear pit," which underwent a massive reconstruction project in 2009. The spacious riverside park now spans over 6,000 sq m (65,000 sq ft), featuring a hibernation cave and secure areas where the animals can freely roam. Take a self-guided walk through this bear world, or call ahead to book a guided tour with an expert bear keeper. Before you head to Bern, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bern holiday maker , to make sure you see all that Bern has to offer, including Barenpark.
Tours to Barenpark
Bern city tour with private tourguide BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $238
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
1 Hour Private Walk of Bern BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $55
Duration: 1 hour
Bern city tour with private tourguide - starts from Zurich BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $278
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
We were surprised, and a little dismayed, to see bears back in the bear pits again. They have such a lovely, proper outdoor area to be in, why do they need to be in the ‘medieval’ bear pits?? We did a... more »
On peut très bien rejoindre ce lieu à pieds depuis la gare en passant sous les arcades! L'entrée est gratuite. L'endroit est très bien situé, on a une vue magnifique sur la ville et c'est vraiment un ... more »You can walk to this place from the station by passing under the arcades! Admission is free. The place is very well located, it has a beautiful view of the city and it really is a bear paradise. With a little luck we see them walking around... Then with an elevator or on foot, we go for a walk along the Aar through the forest which has beautiful autumnal hues at the moment.
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