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Prison Tower (Kafigturm)

Marktgasse 67, Bern 3003, Switzerland
031 322 70 07
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Ranked #23 of 34 Attractions in Bern
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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115 reviews 115 reviews
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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

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Venice, Florida
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99 helpful votes 99 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.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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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.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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36 helpful votes 36 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.

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Vienna, Austria
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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.

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Interlaken, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

I like the building itself a lot. On top of that they put on very interesting exhibutions often related in one way or another to Switzerland, its history, important policitically relevant decisions... If you want to learn something about this country, this is a good place for it.

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

The original tower was built as a gate house during the second expansion of Bern in 1256. It was demolished in 1640 a rebuilt in 1641. In 1405 the town’s prison was moved to the tower. In 1897 the prisoners were moved and the tower changed to an archive and court and now it is used as a meeting place... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Like much of the architecture in Bern, the tower is small, charming and well preserved. It's not impressive, but it's worth a moment to look up at it when you wander the streets of the old city.

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