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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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  • It's located at the end of Marktgasse across the bridge, during which you will pass the Clock Tower, Einstein Cafe and Nydeggbrucke. Below the Nydeggbrucke, there is a crystal clear Aare river surroun...  more »
  • As we walked through Bern, it was easy to walk to see the bears. I am not a huge fan of keeping animals in captivity, but if you have never seen bear, this is a great place to go.  more »
  • We were lucky as it was feeding time when we Went down to the river. 2 of the Bears Went to the water to find their food.  more »