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ChrisIeuan
The Hague, The Netherlands
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Three big brown bears bored senseless in a small and dry ‘pit’! The bear is the symbol of the City yet these poor creatures are confined for our entertainment. The city itself is stunning and this has ruined my impression of the place. Please boycott!
Written September 22, 2021
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a tricky one for me to review because I'm not a major fan of seeing wild animals caged. That said, the current spacious enclosure with its trees, shade and water is so much better than the pit I saw back in 1984 when I was last in Bern.

It's a very popular tourist attraction and we were lucky enough to see two bears on the move, and eating, while we were there. They're impressive creatures.

There are toilets on site and some shops for touristic bits and pieces.

Maybe it's a 3.5.
Written July 25, 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Before going there I thought we would be walking near the bears. But in fact, people can stand on the bridge overlooking the Bear park and look at the bears, or they can use stairs to get down to the river side and watch the bears above. It was nice and intresting, especially if you have young kids.
Written May 2, 2023
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Fiona Y
Sydney, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Poor bears repeatedly walked around the concrete park in and out the cage cannot find the way out! Horrible to see that and seems they can’t access to the pool. I can’t understand why this will happen in Switzerland.
Written June 19, 2023
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swissmiss1
Porrentruy, Switzerland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Three bears are pretty close up. Arrive just before 12:00 and they are trying to get in the doors to their feeding area. The doors open at 12.:00 and off they go. A bit sad, in terms of the environment (not really big and natural for them), but still something very interesting to see. Kids will love it.
Written May 18, 2022
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JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Barenpark is a short walk from Old Town across the bridge. You can see the bears relaxing among the trees. You can take stairs or an elevator down to the riverbank to get better views of the bears, their den, or just walk along the waterfront.
Written December 30, 2021
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Hereandsnow
Tel Aviv, Israel
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
Boycott this place. Keeping wild animals in captivity cruelty. Enjoy the medieval architecture and the beautiful sight from the Rosengarten instead.
Written January 22, 2014
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Helen B
Leeds, UK
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This is one of the most upsetting things I've seen in a while. How can this be a tourist attraction & how can people not see what is wrong with this?. It's disgusting, keeping 3 beautiful bears in a concrete enclosure for what purpose?! One bear was sitting with its head against the wall, the other was clawing at the locked door to be out, and the 3rd just looked bored! I don't understand how this allowed!
Avoid this if you have any morals, it's so old fashioned & cruel.
Written August 29, 2022
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Sue S
New York City, NY
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Shocking that animals would be kept in a cement pit in this day and age. Upsetting to see and no entertainment or educational value whatsoever. Just dreadful.
Written June 7, 2017
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Traveller48570
Scarsdale, NY
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
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 a couple of bears wandering around their new green environs. There is nothing special about it. There is also still the question about keeping wild animals in captivity. Is it humane or not? I wonder what Peta would have to say about it? I say no to it, and to the fact that I visited it.
Written July 27, 2014
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