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Barenpark

Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern 3006 , Switzerland
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Ranked #15 of 34 attractions in Bern
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description:  Brown bears have been associated with Bern since the Middle Ages and had been kept in a bear pit since the sixteenth century.  However there were... more »
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Geneva, Switzerland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It's a free one species zoo. The bears seemed happy and healthy, but that's it - 3 bears in a big pit (or enclosure) doing what bears do in captivity. That's it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Enjoyed seeing the bears at the end of our old city walk. We did not take the stairs down for a closer look but they were fun to see.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The bears are great, they are without doubt well cared for and have a good environment to play, swim and climb. Are they a suitable 21st century attraction? Perhaps not. I just kept feeling they would be happier in the wild where they belong.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Definitely worth a visit when in Bern. It's lovely to see the bears strolling around a more natural environment and swimming in their river and gives a real sense of the importance of these creatures to the locals in the statues and flags seen around. It's totally free to stand and watch the bears, make a small donation at the... More

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Leduc, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

As Canadians bears are nothing new but I still marvel at these massive giants and how amusing they can be.

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Scarsdale, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I saw the bears originally about 20 years ago when they were in a cement pit, which is right next to the new place. To the new place, I give kudos to the town for creating a more humane environment for the bears. As far as it really being an "attraction" I would say that it isn't. It is just... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Until 2009, a small enclosure served as home to the four bears of Bern. After a concerted effort, and many donations, the large Bear Park was built on the hillside facing the Aare River. With significant foilage, acerage, and a swimming pool, the four bears of Bern are much more active than in the old bear pits. In the late... More

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

it is situated in the old city of bern.originally the bears were kept in pits,n later with rules coming in another area adjacent to it was made for them .this newer area is bigger,has natural surroundings,n a cleaner more hospitable environment for the bears.it is adjacent to the aare river n a small tunnel connects this newer area to the... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had hoped to see more bears, but we only saw two. We felt that the overall experience was underwhelming, but easy to see on your way to visit the Rosengarten.

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千葉県
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There were only three bears, souvenir shop with toilet. The place was below of rose garden. The place should be good for rendezvous point but I could not spend long time to see only bears.

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