Barenpark, Bern

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • The Bärenpark has moved for a few years to a huge park located on the end of the Old Town. Definitely a visit worth it.  more »
  • The park is located on the river and is home to two brown bears, which are a symbol of Bern. I think in the morning can be seen by visitors, we were in the park in the afternoon and the bears were...  more »
  • I visited the Barenpark in December 2019. I guess I forgot the basic rule that bears hibernate in the winter. It was raining a lot and there were no bears. I managed to read the outdoor exhibit...  more »
  • Beautiful place to enjoy nature in the city. It is a really quiet place. It is always. Good place to take the kids for a walk or picnic. Always, in these times, respecting security measures.
  • Absolutely beautiful! No words to describe such beauty, wonderful coutry.
  • Wonderful place to visit, stood there for one day during a vacation while I was waiting for some relatives to join us. There's a great coffee there with a very good hot chocolate!
  • Very nice place to go to if you visit Bern...a small but worthy Zoo
  • Very fun place to see the bears in action. There is also the Aare River that runs behind the park so it's a nice place to go for a walk as well.

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