Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli + BearPark

In the federal capital, there is an incredibly varied fauna flying, hopping, crawling and swimming along: at Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli, numerous domestic and exotic animals have found a home, while Bern Animal Park, BearPark is inhabited by brown bears “Finn”, “Björk” and “Ursina”.

Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli

With its 200 different animal species, Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli – nestled in the Dählhölzli forest and right by the Aare river – is an experience for both young and old. The Animal Park is open 365 days a year, and about half of the site can be visited freely. Leopards, musk oxen, eagle owls, wolves, gophers, monkeys and many other animals invite visitors to observe and discover.

At Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli, visitors have the opportunity to witness the seals digging into their food and puffins hunting for fish in their mysterious “underwater flight”.

  • Feedings
    Seals 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Puffins 2:30 p.m

Discovering makes us thirsty and hungry. For visitors who feel like relaxing and having a cup of coffee while the children run around on the playground, there are several options at Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli: The Eulen Bistro (Owl Bistro) offers small, regional snacks. You can, for example, buy a sausage and roast it over the fire yourself, and then eat it accompanied by a tasty salad.

On the banks of the Aare river sits the Restaurant Dählhölzli. The varied and diverse menu, the beer garden and the soothing sounds coming from the river will make you want to stay forever.

Visiting the children’s zoo is a must for kids. Petting the pygmy goats, minipigs and pygmy donkeys is something that all animal lovers, no matter the age, enjoy doing. There’s also carriage rides (Friday afternoon), pony riding (Wednesday and Sunday) and face painting for kids – visiting Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli + BearPark is an adventure for the entire family.

Exploring the zoo at night? An individual tour? Or a workshop in animal photography? There are always exciting events at Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli + BearPark.

You can see all the events here.

Even More Animals: Stomping Ground

Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli + BearPark brings people and animals closer together. The park now offers #TreffpunktTier (“animal stomping ground”), a new milestone in this mission.

Every day, at a certain time, a member of the Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli + BearPark team awaits visitors at a certain meeting point (the exact schedule can be found here) to give them an unforgettable insight into everyday animal care, animal health and animal transport and tell them about current projects.

  • Opening Hours

    Open 365 days a year

    March–October 8:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m
    November–February 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Book an individual tour: +41 (0)31 357 15 12

  • Admission
    Families CHF 24.00
    Adults CHF 10.00
    Children CHF 6.00
  • Getting There
    Public transport Bus no. 19 from Bern’s main station in the direction of “Elfenau” all the way to “Tierpark”, then it’s a short stroll through the forest
    Car Highway exit “Ostring” (there is a limited amount of parking spaces)

Discover the Dählhölzli forest from above

Bern Animal Park, BearPark

The home of the Bernese bears is the city’s Bern Animal Park, BearPark. Since 2009, the bears have been in the park on the banks of the Aare river, an exclusive location with a view of Bern’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A small forest, bushes, caves and a large pool next to the river make sure that the bears are comfortable and happy. A landscape has been created in which they can climb, fish, and play, but also retreat. The compound measures about 5,000 square metres and covers the area from the former Bear Pit all the way down to the Aare river.

In December of 2009, bear mom “Björk” gave birth to two cubs in one of the hibernation caves. Daughter “Ursina” still lives at Bern Animal Park, BearPark with her parents, her sister “Berna” has found a new home in Bulgaria.

Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli + BearPark is suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. There’s been a wheelchair-friendly panorama elevator at Bern Animal Park, BearPark since 2015. It can be used for free and connects the banks of the river with the upper part of the park. Floating through Bern Animal Park, BearPark on the lift is a unique experience!

  • Information

    Open round the clock, 365 days a year

    Admission free
    Getting there Public transport: Bus no. 12 from Bern’s main station in the direction of “Zentrum Paul Klee”, getting off at “BärenPark”

    Car: highway exit “Wankdorf”

    Guided tours: +41 (0)31 357 15 25

  • Getting There
    Public transport Bus no. 19 from Bern’s main station in the direction of “Elfenau” all the way to “Tierpark”, then it’s a short stroll through the forest
    Car Highway exit “Ostring” (there is a limited amount of parking spaces)

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