Visitors to Bern can observe live bears right in the heart of the Swiss capital. The BearPark is home to Finn, Björk, and their daughter Ursina. The animals have been living in the new park along the bank of Aare since 2009. The new BearPark provides a landscape where the brown bears can climb, fish and play, but also just retreat and relax.
The grounds cover nearly 6,000 square meters and extend from the former BearPits down to the river’s edge. With woodsy areas, bushes, grottos, and a spacious pool running parallel with the Aare, the bears are able to live a real bear’s life. Finn, the father bear, is especially fond of the pool.
In December of 2009, Björk gave birth to two cubs in the bears’ winter den. Daughter Ursina still lives with her parents in the BearPark, while Berna has found a home in an animal-friendly enclosure in Bulgaria. The zoo in Bern works closely with the zoo in Dobric and supervised the construction of the bear enclosure there.
A new inclined elevator was introduced in 2015, offering visitors barrier-free access to the BearPark. The elevator is free of charge and provides a quick link between the banks of the Aare and the upper end of the enclosure.
Presence time of the animal nurses: Each day from 08h00 to 17h00
• Admission to the BearPark is free.
• The park is open 365 days a year.
• There is a lift for people with disabilities.
• Same location: The entrance to the BearPark is at the old BearPit (bus no. 12 to Bärengraben).
• The park is now home to two brown bears, Björk and Finn, who became parents of the cubs Berna and Ursina (born in mid-December 2009)
• Path through the park for visitors
• River bath for the bears
• Various bear caves
• Field glasses and viewpoints
• Infrared cameras and web cams in the caves
• AudioGuide and mobile phone tour
• Museum at the old BearPit