Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli

In the Dählhölzli forest, there is an incredibly varied fauna flying, hopping, crawling and swimming along: The Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli, is home to numerous domestic and exotic animals – and an experience for the whole family.

With its 200 different animal species, 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 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.

Visitors will be amazed at the Vivarium – it is the home of monkeys, snakes, spiders, fish, tortoises and crocodiles of all shapes and colours. Another highlight awaits outside: the bridge high up in the trees that crosses the forest compound of the European bison.

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 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 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.

You can see all the events here.

Even More Animals: Stomping Ground

Bern Animal Park 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 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)

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