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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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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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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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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had read that the Bear Park had been renovated and the enclosures made bigger and more hospitable for the bears. But when we went there, there were still bears in the older enclosures and they looked quite small for such big creatures. The newer areas were bigger and more natural, but still looked quite small.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The bears here are happy in their environment. It's beautiful place to sit and relax and watch their antics. There are rangers around who are very informative. Many places around for a picnic. Parking can be tricky. Best times are early in the day. They usually have some breakfast, play, if it's hot they will have a swim and splash... More

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