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Barenpark, Bern

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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. 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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  • I visited Bern for second time in 2022 and this time i had chance to see the bears, despite the park is nice and green but i think it is not the right place for the Bears and against animal right. 
    I visited Bern for second time in 2022 and this time i had chance to see the bears, despite the park is nice and green but i think it is not the right place for the Bears and against animal right.  more »
  • How this is allowed and why there is not more outrage is unbelievable. Switzerland you should know better than this. Clearly they should be in a better environment. 
    How this is allowed and why there is not more outrage is unbelievable. Switzerland you should know better than this. Clearly they should be in a better environment.  more »
  • This is one of the most upsetting things I've seen in a while. How can this be a tourist attraction & how can people not see what is wrong with this?. It's disgusting, keeping 3 beautiful bears in a.....  more
    This is one of the most upsetting things I've seen in a while. How can this be a tourist attraction & how can people not see what is wrong with this?. It's disgusting, keeping 3 beautiful bears in a.....  more »
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  • Wonderful place to visit, stood there for one day during a vacation while I was waiting for some relatives to join us. There's a great coffee there with a very good hot chocolate!
  • Great location to experience viewing beautiful animals. The baby deer and warthogs were cute and the wolves through the fences, although hard to see were exciting. We couldn't work out how to get to the walkover bridge though.
  • Very nice place to go to if you visit Bern...a small but worthy Zoo
  • Very fun place to see the bears in action. There is also the Aare River that runs behind the park so it's a nice place to go for a walk as well.
  • Not very good. No way to pay the parking if you don't have coins. We lost one hour lny for the car park. The zoo is medium interesting..and you suppose to be the principal city of Swiss and the label of each cage is only in German!! Come on ..there are at least 3 languages in this city...shame on you.

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