We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Marktgasse 67, Bern 3003, Switzerland
Phone Number: 031 322 70 07

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 43 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Great sights of the city

Go and have a guided tour to the Tower and get Explanation about the clockwork. If you have climbed all stairs !!!!!!! beware they are steep --- you will be rewarded by a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Aaretal
,
Bern, Switzerland
Add Photo

43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
115 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The Prison Tower is found in the heart of the old town of Bern. The atmosphere surrounding it is quite spectacular - there are numerous kiosks selling confectionary and articles - I was able to find one that sold me a small bottle of cognac! Worth visiting as part of your tour of Bern. Not sure if one is allowed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bern, Switzerland
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Go and have a guided tour to the Tower and get Explanation about the clockwork. If you have climbed all stairs !!!!!!! beware they are steep --- you will be rewarded by a beautiful sight over the old City and roofs of Berne, specially nice at night.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bern, Switzerland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It's usual but one of the landmark of Old Bern, good option for a historical travel. There are a couple of souvenier shops here at the Prison Tower and all points Bern leave from this location

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Solihull, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
223 reviews 223 reviews
132 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Like many towers of its age . But pleasant to look at, and tick off as one of the sites and landmarks of Old Bern.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orange, California
Top Contributor
266 reviews 266 reviews
123 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Nothing special, but it's worth taking a look at as you wander around old town Bern. The clock tower just down the street is more impressive.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kaiserslautern, Germany
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
137 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Located in the heart of Bern's oldtown and at the crossroads of pedestrian zones and streetcars is the Kafigturm, or prison tower. Originally built around 1259 as the main gate of the second city wall, the tower served its purpose as a prison. There are several displays in and around the prison tower explaining political actions and events, history of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Venice, Florida
Top Contributor
216 reviews 216 reviews
57 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

While the structure is pretty, there is really no public access except to walk through the arch. You will see it when you explore Old Town.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dublin
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Maybe it's a lack of information about it's history but I didn't find this particularly exciting. Nice to see and check of the list.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Well, if there is a beautiful prision, this one is it. It does not look like a prision at all. In Bern, even the prision is beautiful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vienna, Austria
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Have to see this truly unique and wonderful cornerstone of Berne's history! Can't miss it - It's right in the center of town.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Prison Tower (Kafigturm) also viewed

Bern, Bern Mittelland District
Bern, Bern Mittelland District
 
Bern, Bern Mittelland District
Bern, Bern Mittelland District
 

Been to Prison Tower (Kafigturm)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Prison Tower (Kafigturm)

Address: Address: Marktgasse 67, Bern 3003, Switzerland
Phone Number: 031 322 70 07
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Bern  >  Bern Mittelland District  >  Bern

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Prison Tower (Kafigturm) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?