Calm has returned in the BearPark: Finn, Björk and Ursina have retreated into their caves for the cold winter and will be back in the fresh air more often from March 2020.
The home of the Bernese bears is the city’s 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 BearPark with her parents, her sister “Berna” has found a new home in Bulgaria.
BearPark and the Dählhölzli zoo are suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. There’s been a wheelchair-friendly panorama elevator at 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 BearPark on the lift is a unique experience!
Further experiences near the Bern Animal Park, BearPark
Restaurant Altes Tramdepot
Right above BearPark lies the restaurant Altes Tramdepot. Apart from the fantastic view of the Old City, Altes Tramdepot is known for its in-house brewery. Upon entering, visitors will notice immediately that the beer is carefully brewed in the copper brewing kettles in the middle of the restaurant. To accompany the varied selection of homemade “tram beers”, the restaurant offers seasonal menus and swiss specialties and is a popular meeting place for hanging out and relaxing.
What once was the workshop for the old pneumatic streetcar “Bärengraben-Güterbahnhof” is now a “workshop” for homemade ice cream. Eiswerkstatt in the restaurant Altes Tramdepot makes tasty creations and delights guests with traditionally produced gelatos. The highlight: ice cream fans can watch the fresh ingredients – milk from the Emmental region and hazelnuts from Piemonte, for example – being turned into refreshing ice cream before their very own eyes.
Rosengarten (Rose Garden)
Just a couple of minutes up the hill from BearPark lies Rosengarten. It is one of the city’s most beautiful parks, thanks to its gorgeous view of Bern’s historic Old City, the minster and the Aare river. Depending on the season, visitors will be greeted by a cherry blossom wonderland, some 250 fragrant roses or vibrant autumn colours. The adjacent Restaurant Rosengarten is perfect for starting off the day with fresh croissants and tasty brunch or ending an eventful day with a drink on the terrace.