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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. Using our custom trip planner, Bern attractions like Barenpark can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Written on the notice board: the bears are sleeping. We went at around 2 o'clock. No bear coukd be seen. Only wooden bear sculptures for photo taking and kid bear area for visit ( no real bear, too). ...  more »
  • I went to mid-December. Cold from that or the bears are hidden somewhere and did not see her at all. Because it views as good as Park, is recommended, but cannot be expected to bear.
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  • They are the symbol of the city. Bears locked up in a pit and it is next to the River, well fenced so nobody between but at the sight of any... gives a little sorry see you there, but it seems that it is the emblem of the city...
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