Tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower)

Going on a tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) means: taking a look behind the clock that has existed for hundreds of years, learning about the history of this Bernese monument and enjoying the wonderful view from the top of the tower.

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!

  • Public Tour
    Dates Saturday, 19 September 2020
    Wednesday, 23 September 2020
    Saturday, 26 September 2020 (fully booked)
    Saturday, 03 October 2020
    Saturday 10 October 2020
    Saturday 17 October 2020
    Saturday, 24 October 2020
    Saturday, 31 October 2020
    Saturday, 07 November 2020
    Saturday, 14 November 2020
    Saturday, 21 November 2020
    Saturday, 28 November 2020
    Saturday, 05 December 2020
    Saturday, 12 December 2020
    Saturday, 19 December 2020
    Saturday, 26 December 2020
    Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley
    Start 02:15 p.m.
    Duration 60 minutes
    Price Adults CHF 20.00
    Seniors/Students CHF 18.00
    Children (6–16 years) CHF 10.00
    Languages German, English, French

    If there is a demand, the tour will be conducted in a maximum of two of the three languages offered.
    Number of Participants Maximum 10 people per group*
    Reservations There’s a limited number of participants, so we recommend you to make a reservation.

    *All participants are required to wear a protective face mask during guided tours of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). We would kindly ask all participants to bring their own protective face mask with them. 

    Reservations: directly online, by phone at +41 31 328 12 12 or by e-mail citytours@bern.com

    The Zytglogge (Clock Tower) tour is also available in combination with the walking tour of the UNESCO Stroll through the Old City.

    Combined Ticket Adults CHF 40.00
    Children (6–16 years) CHF 35.00
    Seniors/Students CHF 20.00
  • Private Tour
    When Year-round
    Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley
    Start on the half-hour (xx:15), scheduled individually
    Duration 60 minutes
    Price CHF 250.00 per group

    Prices for school groups on request
    Languages DE / EN / FR / IT / ES / RU / KR / CN / JP
    Number of Participants Maximum 19 people per group* / **

    *A maximum of 19+1 people are permitted in the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) due to the fire safety policy and the "VKF" fire protection regulations.

    **All participants are required to wear a protective face mask during guided tours of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower). We would kindly ask all participants to bring their own protective face mask with them. 

    Reservations: by phone at +41 31 328 12 12 or by e-mail citytours@bern.com

The medieval mechanics of the Clock Tower
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