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The Bärenpark is the home of several brown bears and can be visited 24 hours a day.
According to legend, the city of Bern was named after the first hunted animal in the forest, a bear. The "most convincing proposition" in the present state of research, however, is rather the derivation of the name from the Celtic word berna, which occupies the "gap" or "slit" which the river Aare carved into landscape at this point.
The bear is present everywhere in Bern. A bear adorns the flag and the bear moat has long been a well-known attraction and landmark of the city. For reasons of animal welfare, the Bärengraben has been rebuilt into a revealing bear park in which the brown bears have access to the Aare. The large bear pit is still needed when the large enclosure is cleaned and the small ditch is open to the public.
It is situated right next to the Aare river, opposite the old town.
After the founding of Bern in 1191, the Zytglogge (Clock tower) was built around 1220 after the 1st expansion of the city as a defense tower. The fortified tower simultaneously formed the city gate and thus the opening to the outside world. With the expansion of the city in the direction of the cage tower it moves more and more into the interior, becomes the prison, the high and fire watch and after the devastating fire of 1405 definitely the central clock tower, the Zytglogge.
The Clock Tower (Bernese German "Zytglogge") houses one of the oldest tower-clocks in Switzerland. The astronomical clock shows the seasons, the day, month, etc.
The foundation stone to the cathedral was laid in 1421. Previously, the Leutkirch had already stood here, a chapel built when the city was founded.
Pay attention to the main portal, the main entrance to the church: The 234 finely crafted sandstone figures of the Münster portal represent the "Last Judgment" and are world famous. In the middle with the sword stands Archangel Gabriel, messenger of God and decider about who goes to heaven and who (at first) goes to hell to hell.
The observation deck, which is located at 64 m, is open to the public.
Built from 1641 to 1644, the tower replaced a dilapidated predecessor dating back to 1256. Over the centuries, the building served as a defense tower, watch tower and part of the fortifications and was - after the 2nd expansion of the city - once the gateway to the city. Only later he served as a prison (Swiss German "Käfigturm").Read more
The reformed Nydegg Church is located at the bottom of Bern's Old Town, on the left side of the Nydegg Bridge. The Nydeggkirche is located in the oldest part of Bern. On the actual place of the church, was formerly the castle Nydegg with four towers. This was then built by the founder of Bern (Berchthold von Zähringen). 1341-1346, the castle was replaced by a church. 140 years later, the church tower was built.Read more
The fountain "Zähringerbrunnen" was built in 1535.
The fountain figure is a standing bear with helmet and two swords in his belt. The right paw holds a banner, the left a shield. Banner and shield show a golden lion on a red background. It is a variant of the coat of arms of the "Zähringer".