Bern Bear Park

Bern

A1 Wankdorf Nord direction Lausanne

A1 Wankdorf Nord direction Lausanne

Schloss Bümpliz, CH-3018 Bern

Schloss Bümpliz, CH-3018 Bern

A6 Wankdorf Nord direction Grauholz

A6 Wankdorf Nord direction Grauholz

Kirchenfeld

Kirchenfeld

Bern - Sky View 1

Bern - Sky View 1

A6 Ostring direction Wankdorf

A6 Ostring direction Wankdorf

A1 Neufeld - Wankdorf

A1 Neufeld - Wankdorf

A1 Neufeld dir Forsthaus

A1 Neufeld dir Forsthaus

A1 Wankdorf dir. Grauholz

A1 Wankdorf dir. Grauholz

A1 Wankdorf dir. Thun

A1 Wankdorf dir. Thun

Zytglogge, Kramgasse, Bern

Zytglogge, Kramgasse, Bern

A1 Felsenauviadukt direction Vaud

A1 Felsenauviadukt direction Vaud

A12 Weyermannshaus direction Fribourg

A12 Weyermannshaus direction Fribourg

A1 Betlehem Bern direction Ville

A1 Betlehem Bern direction Ville

Bern

Bern

Bärenplatz, Stadt Bern

Bärenplatz, Stadt Bern

A1 Grauholz direction Zurich

A1 Grauholz direction Zurich

Bern-Altstadt - Münstergasse

Bern-Altstadt - Münstergasse

Bärecam

Bärecam

The Bern Bear Pit is an attraction that is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. Since 2009 the bears of Bern also have a modern 6,000 square meters park at their disposal that they can reach via a tunnel.

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Duration:
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1 - 20

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Season:
Whole year

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Bern has spared no expense to ensure the welfare of its heraldic animals. It cost millions of dollars to replace the legendary bear pit with a modern park in which they can climb, fish, play and withdraw. The 6,000 square meters large premises range from the erstwhile bear pit on the banks of the Aare (opposite the Old Town) to the river.

The "Bear Pit", which still exists, and remains at the bears' disposal, has been listed as one of the federal cultural objects of national significance and has been included in the highest cantonal preservation category. The pit is connected to the park via a tunnel.

Guests can go on a tour of the old bear pit as well as the new bear park. They get to see the new park with its green hilly terrain, which includes caves and the "Bear Bath" in the Aare River.

5 Comments

  • 1
    R

    I live in Switzerland but am most definitely not Swiss. The Bern Bear Park is a travesty. The Swiss attitude to animal rights is hypocritical and cavalier. As long as things have a "humane" stamp on them (think "bio" meat, gobbled up conscience-free by every Swiss in the name of a good "grill-party"), then animal exploitation is acceptable and even encouraged. According to the Swiss, these majestic animals don't deserve freedom, just a new strip of grass. The fact that they even built the adjoining park is an admission of guilt. In typical Swiss style, they went in for a compromise, and instead of freedom, gave them a swimming pool. Does this remind you of other compromises which still allowed tourist and foreign cash to keep filling their coffers? All in all, those bears should count themselves lucky, though. The few wild bears that do manage to make it across Swiss borders are usually dealt with in the most uncompromising way of all: with a shotgun.

    Friday, Jul 5, 2013 9:49 PM

  • 2
    Graham in Canberra

    We visited this horror some years ago and It shook my belief that Switzerland was a forward thinking country. These poor miserable animals are still treated so poorly. They should be traeted in a much better environment. Swiss myopia at large with no respect for creatures other than for contained space to gawk at and of course the attraction of visitor spending in nthe City. Damned animals!!

    Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 11:25 PM

  • 3
    KT

    I agree with Amy. This is so much better than the concrete pits but what would be EVEN BETTER would be to retire the bears to a sanctuary or release them back into the wild. I will be urging everyone I know not to visit Bern until the bears are no longer there.

    Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 7:06 PM

  • 4
    amy

    Switzerland needs to abolish this park completley. I'm glad it was finally upgraded from the concrete hole in the ground where they used to live, but this is still not right. If Switzerland (Bern) really loves the bear they should be free to roam and live normal bear lives. Put them into rebahilitation or a wildlife sanctuary. Shame on Switzerland. I'm sorry but I will not be visiting the city of Bern.

    Friday, Sep 21, 2012 8:16 PM

  • 5
    Christina

    Nice. I might like to visit someday.

    Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 4:35 PM

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