The bears of Bern

Bear is the traditional symbol of both the city and Canton Bern. It became a symbol when Duke Berchtold V., the founder of the city, caught the bear as the first animal in the surrounding woods in 1191. East of the old city of Bern, behind the bridge Nydeggbrücke, on the bank of river Aare, you can find “Bärenpark” with its three bear inhabitants.

In 2009 Bärenpark replaced the existing “Bärengraben” – so-called Bear Pit, which has become insufficient for three bear´s needs. In Bärenpark, situated on the hillside above the Aare river, can Finn, Björk, and Ursina freely run, climb, swim, play together or just relax.

On the 6,000 square meter area, the three bears can find a small grove, many shrubs, caves, and baths, where they can fish and enjoy bear life.

Since 2015, Bear Park provides a free-of-charge elevator that can take visitors to the riverside where they can enjoy the view of bears from a new perspective.  

When you watch the other side of Nydeggbrücke, you can see picturesque houses…

…and maybe you can meet me 🙂


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