The Bernese bears are at home in the BearPark in the middle of the city. The “Mutzen” live exclusively in the park on the slopes of the River Aare, with a view of Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. The 5,000 square metre area stretches from the former bear pit down to the banks of the Aare and can be experienced without any obstacles. This is because the “BäreBähnli” creates a fast wheelchair-friendly connection between the banks of the Aare and the upper part of the park. The panoramic inclined lift can be used free of charge. It’s a unique experience to glide through the park past the bears’ noses!

Summer in the BearPark

From summer to late autumn, the bears are preoccupied with searching for food and finding enough to eat. A bear’s life also includes regular bathing and taking naps in the afternoon sun or in the shade.

The bears are fed in keeping with the seasons, with a lot of vegetables and little fruit, and sometimes there is also meat or fish. As autumn approaches, they are fed an increasing amount of fruits and berries, which contain sugar, as well as nuts with a high fat content, so that the animals can build up a fat store for the winter.


Due to a technical renewal and related adjustments, the bears will not be visible on the webcams in their winter dens this year.

"Finn" loves the water in the BearPark (September 2015)

Opening hours

  • Open 365 days a year around the clock

Presence time of the animal keepers: Every day from 08.00 to 17.00 hours

"Björk" at the BearPark (April 2016)

Getting here

Public transport: From Bern railway station, take bus no. 12 in the direction of Zentrum Paul Klee and get off at the BearPark stop.

Address: Grosser Muristalden 4, 3006 Bern

"Ursina" and "Björk" climbing a tree in the BearPark (2011)

Experiences in the BearPark

Make your visit to the BearPark something very special! Our diverse range of activities offers lots of animal fun for young and old.


There is always something going on at the zoo. Here we inform you about upcoming public events.

"Björk" on Elm (May 2013)


Here you will find questions and answers about your visit to the BearPark Bern. Get an overview!

Der Schräglift ermöglicht einen hindernisfreien Zugang zur Aare beim Bärenpark.


The “BäreBähnli” provides obstacle-free access to the Aare at the BearPark. It connects the upper viewing platform with the lower Aare promenade.

Bern and bears

The city of Bern has been closely associated with the bear since its foundation. Even today, the bear is present on flags, fountains and buildings.

Our bears

Learn interesting facts about the biology of Europe’s largest carnivore and get to know the inhabitants of the BearPark.

Bär versteckt sich im Gebüsch


Those who make a trip to the BearPark can look forward to many delicacies. There are several restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the BearPark.

Logo vom Verein zooschweiz
Logo der European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Logo vom Verband der Zoologischen Gärten
Logo der World Association of Zoos and Aquariums