Every hour, on the hour, something unique happens in Bern: medieval figurines appear from the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). The dancing bears, the cheeky fool and the crowing rooster have been a joy for the public every day for centuries. But who knows what they represent, how the mechanism works, and which stories are hidden behind the strong walls of the clock tower?
The exceptional atmosphere inside the tower makes the one-hour tour a special experience – it seems like time has been standing still for many years. The heavy wooden beams, the thick stone walls and the cool and quiet air take the visitors into the past, always accompanied by the steady ticking of the medieval clock.
On the tour of the historic building, visitors will examine the gears and the apparatus of the old clock, watch the figurines closely and learn interesting facts about the history and the different roles of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower).
They will also look at the astronomical calendar clock, the Astrolabium, on the eastern side of the tower and discover how it works, with its slowly moving clock hands, the turning discs and the skillfully crafted celestial bodies.
The tour ends high up on the viewing platform of the monument. The reward for climbing some 130 steps is a wonderful view of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its rooftops, chimneys and towers – another highlight on this interesting tour. When the weather is good, you can see all the way to the peaks of the Bernese Oberland.
Be it history fans, locals or visitors – everyone will enjoy this tour!
When 1 November–31 March, only on Saturdays
26 December–31 December, daily
1 April–31 October, daily
Start 2:15 p.m. Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley Duration 60 minutes Cost Adults CHF 20.00
Children (6–16 years) CHF 10.00
Seniors/Students CHF 18.00
Languages German, English, French
Depending on the participants, the tour can be in up to two of the three languages that we offer.
Miscellaneous Max. 20 persons per group Combined Ticket Adults CHF 40.00
Children (6–16 years) CHF 35.00
Seniors/Students CHF 20.00
When year-round Start on the half-hour (xx:15), scheduled individually Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley Duration 60 minutes Cost CHF 250.00 per group Languages DE / EN / FR / IT / ES / RU / KR / CN / JP Miscellaneous Max. 20 persons per guide