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Barenpark

Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern 3006 , Switzerland
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Ranked #14 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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Tempe, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Bear Park is something that you must see, even if on a short visit to Bern. It's a lovely stroll through Old Town from the train station, and then across a beautiful bridge with the clear waters of the Aare river flowing below. The bears lounge on the hillside, so you can see them as you're walking across the... More

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had one of my business associates that was born in Bern, show us the attractions. This was one he said you should not miss. We loved it. Nice breeze on a hot summer day and many activities and views for people of all ages.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The bears were playful and were just fun to watch. It is a cute area with a barrier where the bears and people can roam free to enjoy the scenery. The steps lead down to the river where you can sit with your feet in the fast flowing river.

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Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Just walking 200 meters you can enjoy several shops, restaurants, historical places, and everything with the traditional order and cool atmosphere of Switzerland.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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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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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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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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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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