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Barenpark

Address: Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern 3006 , Switzerland
Phone Number: (0) 31 357 15 25
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Ranked #13 of 30 Attractions in Bern
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Zoos & Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Zoos & Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children

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Rome, Italy
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Bern is a lovely town and I had a great visit there, but in so-called civilised Switzerland keeping bears in a polluted, noisy town-centre location to be ogled at from above by tourists is a deeply depressing sight. Surely nobody can possibly think this is a suitable habitat for these beautiful creatures?

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Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Given they hibernate winter time locals said I was lucky to see a bear. Yes, if you go to a zoo or visit national parks in the States you'll see bears, but given this is Bern it is worth trying to see their bears. But bears or not if you have walked out of the city centre across the bridge... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

In the past the bears had only a tiny pit where they could hardly move around, in recent years they have moved them to the side of the river where they have now a sort of "playground" with a small swimming pool. It is a big improvement for the bears -although I do not believe they should be kept in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have never seen a bear before so after hearing there is a bear enclosure on the river bank in Bern, I was a bit excited. But I visited Switzerland in November and of course bears hibernate so I didn't see any. Damn you sleepy bears. I can imagine it being a great in summer to pass time and just... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I liked that there was a live-feed camera of the dens (base of the long stretch of concrete stairs) so that you could see the bears when they weren't out. But the images weren't too clear. Saw "Bjork" the bear at dusk/twilight (quite dark, well past sunset) come out and graze the ground near her den for snacks. If you're... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

what would a visit to Bern be without seeing the famed Bear Pits that house the city's armorial animal, the brown bear. The Bear Pits were established in the 19th century, but it is well known that throughout history the city of Bern kept specimens of these animals as city mascots. The site has recently been remodeled and rendered more... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There's a nice area with bear sculptures our children enjoyed. We didn't stay too long as it was late in the day. However, it was still quite crowded and the cafe was every busy.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Really only bears pacing around an enclosure. Reminder of historic times. Not really worth seeing unless killing time or passing.

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New york
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Since the city of Bern is named after the animal "Bear", it is fitting that the city keeps a few bears in a bear park or "bear pit". It is located across the river from the old city. There is a souvenir shops and cafe nearby. We went because it was part of our tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

They have done an incredible job with the bear park. I mean first of all the fact that there is a bear park in the old town is amazing. The bears are always walking around and playing. There are a nice restaurant at the top or you can grab some ice cream and spend some time in front of the... More 

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