Barenpark, Bern

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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.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The Bare Park is a symbol of Bern. Its a must for everyone, even if you have only couple of hours to see Bern, this should be on top of your list. The stream flowing across, invites you to dip your fe...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    It's really amazing, see 3 bears in freedom like that at the heart of a city, it was awesome we're again children, we stayed there at least an hour.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Do not expect to see a lot of bear, but if you have the chance and the patience to see them, it is a nice place to hang out and relax.
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In historic Bern, the bulk of the accommodation offerings are confined to the peninsula, where the Old Town or "Altstadt" is located. Staying here gives you the convenience of being within walking distance to everything--which will come in handy in this generally car-free area. Throughout the Old Town you'll find a number of mid-range three-star hotels complete with their original 19th-century characteristics. A couple hostels and pensions round out the options here, though these tend to be a bit more expensive than one might expect. Outside of the Old Town, there are a few hotels with cheaper rates, though you compromise on convenience and atmosphere. The city also boasts a few stunning four- and five-star hotels, should your budget be forgiving.
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