Prison Tower (Kafigturm), Bern
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  • This tower is located in the old part of the former city walls. Use the detained prisoners. The current tram can run, pass.
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  • Spital Street leading to the location, facing the old city from Bern station, tram runs directly under the prison Towers. This tower was built in 1250 as the West Gate of the Bern from then until 1897, was used as a prison and called the prison Tower, now has become a museum.
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  • Käfigturm (Catch the Tower) is not so much a tourist attraction as the Zytglogge in Berne, but is nonetheless definitely worth to walk past and regard. The tower was built 1641-1644, replacing the original tower from 1256, which was demolished due to dilapidation. The tower was originally used as a watchtower and prison, and up to the 1897 sitting there 70 prisoners in the tower. In the 20th century it served as an archive for the Bern Canton until the end of the century was decorated as an information center. Today it is used for exhibitions and political debates.
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