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“bear pit”(51 reviews)
“the river”(159 reviews)
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Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern 3006, Switzerland
+41 31 357 15 25
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 July 2015

It is a delightful surprise to see bears as you visit the city. I know there is a discussion around if they should be there or free in the nature. I confess that, as a tourist, I enjoyed the visit and reading about each one´s...More

2  Thank Renata A
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 December 2013

The bears (Brown bears) are no longer kept in the traditional pit. Instead they have pleasant paddocks in the steep slopes overlooking the river Aar, opposite the Altstadt (Old Town). When a visiting dignitary comes to Bern, then a couple of bears maybe brought into...More

5  Thank Normanta
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All reviews bear pit the river brown bear old town fun to watch across the bridge live bears souvenir shop tram depot large area an easy walk city centre great view nice walk enclosures habitat pits
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can you say, great place to see three lovely bears in the middle of Bern. Do yourself a favour and have a beer or even better have something to eat in the restaurant behind the bears.

Thank Stuart153Seaforde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend - lots of habitat for the bears. Beautiful scenery and enjoyable walk. There is a free funicular to take you to the River Aare - and the walk is along the bear’s dwelling.

Thank Naildozer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a limited space inside a hillside where you can see bears, the symbol of Bern.This area is better than their previous residence, (it was a hole which is now empty), but in any case it is not an ideal home for them.

Thank Antonis K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walking to find the bear park from our hotel in Bern was fun. I lost my way and walked way out of my way to find it, but that is somewhat the fun of it all. It was a warm autumn afternoon and the bears...More

Thank kathykinnear
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park sits aside a beautiful river, there are bears to watch in the enclosure, but the big draw is the path down by the river. An elevator is on site allowing for wheel chair access to the path along the river. It’s also free!

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to see here except a sad looking bear with nothing to do and just pacing up and down in frustration . Situated in a town centre and open to anyone .

Thank pinotprincess68
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taking bus No 12 from the train station or from the central street of old town you get off at ''Barenpark''. You will see a lift that takes you down to the river bank and the park. Not many bears to see, the most interesting...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The bear park was great- a must see. The bears seemed happy enough so it was a pleasure to watch them play and swim in the sun. It is right on the river and free to the public and offers great views across to the...More

Thank Ruby F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I found it quite uncommon to find in a city-center an area with live bears but that’s it! It was nice to see them running between different areas.

Thank D8282XOfrancescog
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

The bear is the "mascot" of Bern, so this little bear park right on the water is a cute place to visit while in Bern. It's also right on the water so it's a nice spot. Plus the beats are pretty close so you get...More

Thank Sharon P
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17 June 2017|
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Response from alexandra s | Reviewed this property |
They are there for sure - free to roam in a lovely big new enclosure running along the river.
15 August 2015|
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Response from Jen S | Reviewed this property |
There are many other lovely things to see and do in Bern. Most importantly float down the river with the locals....
19 May 2015|
Response from 704fabians | Reviewed this property |
I SAW 2 of them
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