Clock Tower, Bern

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An elaborate structure with moving automatons, Clock Tower remains one of the capital city's major architectural landmarks, its spire a dominant point in the Old Town's skyline. Part of the city's World Heritage-listed medieval quarter, the 13th-century structure once served as both a prison and guard tower. Virtually unchanged since its contruction nearly eight centuries ago, the tower features a giant astronomical clock, its dial designed in the form of an astrolabe. Every hour on the hour there is an impressive display of early animatronic technology, involving the appearance of a gilded bell-striker representing the Greek personification of time. Our Bern trip planning site makes visiting Clock Tower and other Bern attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • From the finest watches in the world, on par with Prague. Here the process begins 4 minutes before the end of the hour.
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  • Joy of mechanical Ballet in mid tower during every hour is the character with the bat on top of the bell tower that represents the single click Schedule. Bella also from being placed at the beginning of the historical centre.
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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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