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!
Autumn in the BearPark
With the shorter and cooler days, autumn is upon us. Our brown bears use this time mainly to eat. We feed them kilos of vegetables, fruits and berries as well as fat-rich nuts and acorns. Occasionally, fish and meat are on the menu – just like in nature. All this food helps the bears to build up a thick layer of fat in preparation for hibernation. Preparing for hibernation also involves choosing a den. There are several dens in the enclosure, which the bears now inspect and then finally choose one to retreat to alone.
Due to a technical renewal and related adjustments, the bears will not be visible on the webcams in their winter dens this year.
- Open 365 days a year around the clock
Presence time of the animal keepers: Every day from 08.00 to 17.00 hours
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
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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.
Learn interesting facts about the biology of Europe’s largest carnivore and get to know the inhabitants of the BearPark.