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”.
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.
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
Families CHF 24.00 Adults CHF 10.00 Children CHF 6.00
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)
Further experiences in the area
Bern Animal Park, BearPark
On the banks of the Aare river and with the view of Bern’s Old City, the Bernese bears “Finn”, “Björk” and “Ursina” live in their home, the BearPark. 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. Here the bears can be observed while playing, eating and swimming in the pool. No entry fees.
ROPETECH adventure park
Near Bern Animal Park and in the middle of Dählhölzliwald (Dählhölzli forest) – only ten minutes from Bern main station – lies one of Switzerland’s largest climbing adventures, with around 3,000 metres of climbing fun. At ROPETECH adventure park, there are seven different routes, four to 23 metres off the ground, that lead through the forest treetops, as well as three children’s routes. It is a unique experience for skilled climbers and beginners alike. The park visitors will cross bridges of varying degrees of difficulty and ride ziplines – all the while secured by carabiners, of course. This exciting mixture of nature and adrenaline makes for an unforgettable experience.
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