Photographs of Bern bears, Switzerland
A famous attraction, Bern Bear Park
Legend has it that the founder of Bern, Berchtold V von Zähringen, killed a bear on the Aare peninsula and this led to the town being called Bern (from German "Bär") and explains why the city's coat of arms features a bear.
The existing Bern Bear Pits have been in the same location since 1857. In 1995/96 most areas of the Bear Pits underwent renovation with the aim of providing the bears with a habitat more naturally suited to them.
The bears are out in the open every day.
Grosser Muristalden 6
Tel. +41 (0)31 328 12 12
Bern has bears everywhere!