Animal attractions in Bern: great days out for all ages


If you're planning a family day out in Bern, you definitely won't want to miss Dählhölzli Zoo and the legendary BearPark. Take your children along to discover native and exotic species in a fabulous setting right in the heart of the Swiss capital.


Bern's BearPark


The BearPark was built to replace Bern's legendary bear pit and is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Opened in 2009, the park is home to three brown bears, known as "Mutzen" by the locals. 

The site on the sloping bank of the river Aare covers some 5,000 square metres where the bears can roam around happily with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town in the background. A small wood, various caves and a large pool provide the animals with enough space to climb, play and catch fish. If the bears want to relax without being disturbed, they have plenty of places where they can hide away in the large enclosure.

Bern's BearPark is wheelchair-accessible. Since 2015, the park has boasted a wheelchair-friendly panoramic inclined platform lift which you can use free of charge to marvel at the bears from above.


Dählhölzli – the region's best-known zoo


"More space for fewer animals" – that's the motto of Dählhölzli Zoo in Bern. Located in beautiful Dählhölzli forest right on the river Aare, it's home to around 200 species of animal, including seals, puffins, leopards, eagle owls and monkeys.

The zoo's vivarium features a huge range of species such as snakes, spiders, fish, tortoises, turtles and crocodiles in all sizes and shades. For children, the petting zoo is a special highlight with pygmy goats and donkeys, miniature pigs and sheep just waiting for some attention from young visitors. Children can also enjoy horse-drawn coach rides, pony rides or face painting, depending on the day of the week.

With its wide range of individual guided tours, night-time zoo visits and various workshops, Dählhölzli Zoo aims to bring people and animals closer together, offering exclusive insights into current projects, zoo-keeping, veterinary medicine and animal transportation.

If you're in need of a drink or a bite to eat, the zoo also has just what you need. At the zoo bistro, you can sample regional snacks while your little ones have fun at the play area. Dählhölzli Zoo also has a restaurant which is situated right on the bank of the Aare. With its varied cuisine and pleasant beer garden, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

Dählhölzli Zoo is open 365 days a year.



Dählhölzli forest from up high


Do you want a bird's eye view of Dählhölzli forest? One of Switzerland's largest high-ropes courses is located near the zoo and just ten minutes away from Bern railway station. You and your children can tackle seven different routes and explore the tree tops at heights of 4 to 23 metres. A perfect blend of nature and adrenaline for all ages!

The high-ropes course is open Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.