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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  • Three big brown bears bored senseless in a small and dry ‘pit’! The bear is the symbol of the City yet these poor creatures are confined for our entertainment. The city itself is stunning and this...  more »
  • One of the symbols of Bern, the Barenpark is a nice (and free!) spot to visit. If you visit during the the warmer months you may see a family of 3 bears playing and going around their pit and the...  more »
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  • 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.

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