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Clock Tower

Kramg. at Hotelg., Bern, Switzerland
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Ranked #11 of 34 attractions in Bern
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: This clock tower served as Bern's west gate from 1191-1250.  The tower was once used to imprison prostitutes; the astronomical clock was added in... more »
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千葉県
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181 reviews 181 reviews
120 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our guide brought us to the place explaining that was the historical old clock. We waited in front of the tower for a while. Not only us, many tourists were there to see the moment. The clock moved at last! That was quite simple movement. I understood the reason why the guide said "historical". The street was not wide enough.... More

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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88 reviews 88 reviews
68 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

it is a landmark medeival tower in bern.built in the 13th century it has served the city as a guard tower,prison clock tower and a memorial.it is one of the most imp symbols of bern city.the 15th century astronomical clock on this tower is a major tourist attraction,n a heritage site.there are numerous mechanical figures-a crowing cock,a parade of bears,chronos... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Living in Prague the astronomical clock is amazing and seeing another one in Bern was a surprise to say the least. I am glad there is more of these clocks around. Well worth the time to watch the clock strike the new hour. I wish we would have had time to do the tour but we had a tight schedule.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The "mechanical show" is pretty brief...but the clock is still a masterpiece and a landmark. How long can people ogle a clock??

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Wow. We'd seen the Zytglogge in the BBC's fantastic "Mechanical Marvels - Clockwork Dreams" documentary (YouTube it!), and for Fr.15 each, here we are inside it as it strikes 2:45, 3:00 and 3:15. This clock attracts a crowd outside at the top of every hour of every day, just prior to the show it puts on - to the point... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Make sure to show up five minutes *before* the hour to see the action, I didn't think of this the first time we stopped by and missed the action. It's not like this is a wonder of the world but as people say it is an icon of Bern and I think you'd feel something was missing if you didn't... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Although not as amazing as the Clock Tower in Prague, the Clock Tower in Bern is remarkable - especially when you consider when it was constructed. You should arrive about 5 minutes before the hour in order to take full advantage of the show the clock gives to spectators at the top of each hour.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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85 reviews 85 reviews
73 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The massive clock, Zyttglocke, in the center of Bern is worth visiting while in Bern. Like any similar clock throughout Europe, the Zyttglocke has moving pieces that go through a small routine every hour. Father time flips the hour glass, the carpenter strikes the hammer on the bell, and several other small animations make their hourly dance; however, this dance... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is one of those great city clocks, even has sort of a warning bell, in a tiny animated clock a minute before the main clock chimes, as the man brings back his sledgehammer and strikes the bell. Always a lot of waiting cameras

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UTAH
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Bern is famous for this Clock Tower. Totally amazing and words can not do it justice. Must see it in person. Nothing was disliked in Switzerland!

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