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Barenpark

Address: Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern 3006 , Switzerland
Phone Number: (0) 31 357 15 25
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Ranked #16 of 32 Attractions in Bern
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Useful Information: Activities for young children

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited the bear park but they are hibernating at the moment. Bear pit looks a bit sad, maybe that's why they hibernate for 7 months!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although a nice area to visit, don't expect to see the bears in winter since they are hibernating in their enclosure. There is a short hike up the nearby hill opposite the Bear Park to get beautiful views of Bern but it was snowing heavily so that deterred us.

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Juillan, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

If you want to see bears and discover everything about them, it is te place to go. It is free of charge in winter and you can learn a lot. Great with children.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We decided to take a stroll thru this park since the been bear 's where in hibernation . It's a great workout especially if you take the stairs . You'll see plenty of ducks and natural scenery .

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Rome, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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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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