Barenpark, Bern

3.3
#1 of 9 in Wildlife in Canton of Bern
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 visit it during winter, I was told the Bears were hibernating, so it wasn't available to see them, but the location is great to walk up a little bit and get a view of the old city with the river...  more »
  • After not visiting the bear pit for over 20 years, it is wonderful to see that the bears now has a 6000 square meter park to roam around with the wonderful location by the Aare. The bears can still.....  more »
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