Clock Tower - Zytglogge, Bern

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An elaborate structure with moving automatons, Clock Tower - Zytglogge 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 - Zytglogge and other Bern attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Arrived 'just on time' - but the spectacle was rather modest, sorry to say that. Learned later that there is actually some activity happening a few minutes before the hour, but also this did not... 
    Arrived 'just on time' - but the spectacle was rather modest, sorry to say that. Learned later that there is actually some activity happening a few minutes before the hour, but also this did not...  more »
  • Not much to do but marvel at its beauty. Intricately designed. Easy to walk by - allot no more than 5-10 min as there's not much more to see. 
    Not much to do but marvel at its beauty. Intricately designed. Easy to walk by - allot no more than 5-10 min as there's not much more to see.  more »
  • It’s worth timing your visit to see the clock in action on the hour. It was a unique experience and one we were glad to get to see in person! 
    It’s worth timing your visit to see the clock in action on the hour. It was a unique experience and one we were glad to get to see in person!  more »
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  • If you have the time and budget I highly recommend booking the Clock Tower / Zytglogge tour with the Tourist Information Center at Bern train station. The tour is one hour long and the guide times it so that the group is directly at the mechanisms at the turn of the hour to see exactly how all those wheels and clogs work together to produce the delightful display of dancing figurines witnessed outside.
  • Cool clock. One of the many things that makes the cityscape of Bern interesting. Not sure I'd call it a destination in and of itself. But I'm glad I saw it while walking through the city.
  • A majestic clock tower right smack in the middle of the Old Town, with busy traffic passing through it. Taking pictures with the tower is a must, though from what we heard there are specific tours that you can take to view inside of the tour so that's a must. Unfortunately we only found out after we left Bern so that's a bummer. Still quite a grand looking building.
  • This clock tower is a landmark of this place, and you can find a long street from the left and right. Anyway if you are enjoy taking a photo on this street, be careful of cars and railroad.
  • This is the magical place, where nearby Einstein was working as a young guy, walking these streets around the Clock, watching the movements on the streets, this was the beginning of his relatively theory, which started to unfold, the old city of Bern really is a inspiration place!!!

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