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.

Important information: The Clock Tower will be renovated from 11 November – 22 November 2019. During this time there will be no tours available and the clock, incl. the medieval figurines, will be stopped.

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
    When 1 November–31 March, only on Saturdays
    26 December–31 December, daily
    1 April–31 October, daily
    Start 2:15 p.m.
    Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley
    Duration 60 minutes
    Cost Adults CHF 20.00
    Children (6–16 years) CHF 10.00
    Seniors/Students CHF 18.00
    Languages German, English, French

    Depending on the participants, the tour can be in up to two of the three languages that we offer.
    Miscellaneous Max. 20 persons per group

    There’s a limited number of participants, so we recommend you make a reservation online or via +41 (0)31 328 12 12.

  • Private Tour
    When year-round
    Start on the half-hour (xx:15), scheduled individually
    Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley
    Duration 60 minutes
    Cost CHF 250.00 per group
    Languages DE / EN / FR / IT / ES / RU / KR / CN / JP
    Miscellaneous Max. 20 persons per guide

    Inquiries regarding information and purchasing available at citytours@bern.com or +41 (0)31 328 12 12 .

The medieval mechanics of the Clock Tower
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