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!

  • Tipp

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

  • Public Tour
    Dates 19 April - 31 October 2021: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only
    1 November 2021 - 31 March 2022, Saturdays only *
    Additional tours: Wednesday, 29 December 2021 and Wednesday,
    5 January 2022
    Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley
    Starting time 2:15 pm
    Duration 60 minutes
    Price Adults CHF 20.00
    Senior citizens (AHV)/Handicapped (IV)/Students CHF 15.00
    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 19 people per group
    Reservations We recommend reserving in advance as the number of participants is limited.
    COVID-19 notice Due to the current situation and the corresponding ordinances, participation in the Clock Tower Tour is only possible with a valid COVID certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and official photo identification. The hygiene and conduct rules recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health must be adhered to and, if indicated/mandatory, a protective mask must be worn.

    * There will be no public visits on Saturday 25 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2021.

     All participants are required to wear a protective face mask. We would kindly ask all participants to bring their own protective face mask with them.

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

  • Public Combined Tour

    The combined tour consists of the UNESCO Stroll through the Old City at 11:00 am and the tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) at 2:15 pm and can be booked at a special price. 

    Dates 19 April - 31 October 2021: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only
    1 November 2021 - 31 March 2022, Saturdays only *
    Additional tours: Wednesday, 29 December 2021 and Wednesday,
    5 January 2022
    Price Adults CHF 38.00
    Seniors/DI/Students CHF 28.00
    Children (6–16 years) CHF 18.00
    Languages German, English, French

    If there is a demand, the tour will be conducted in a maximum of two of the three languages offered.
    Reservation We recommend reserving in advance as the number of participants is limited.
    COVID-19 notice Due to the current situation and the corresponding ordinances, participation in the Clock Tower Tour is only possible with a valid COVID certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and official photo identification. The hygiene and conduct rules recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health must be adhered to and, if indicated/mandatory, a protective mask must be worn.

    * There will be no public visits on Saturday 25 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2021.

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

  • Private Tour
    Availability Year-round
    Meeting point Zytglogge (Clock Tower), on Kramgasse alley
    Start time The tours always begin at a quarter past (e.g., 3:15 p.m.), the hour is arranged individually.
    Duration 60 minutes
    Price CHF 250.00 per group

    Prices for schools on request
    Languages DE / EN / FR / IT / ES / RU / KR / CN / JP
    Number of participants Maximum 19 people per group
    COVID-19 notice Due to the current situation and the corresponding ordinances, participation in the Clock Tower Tour is only possible with a valid COVID certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and official photo identification. The hygiene and conduct rules recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health must be adhered to and, if indicated/mandatory, a protective mask must be worn.

     All participants are required to wear a protective face mask. We would kindly ask all participants to bring their own protective face mask with them.

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

The medieval mechanics of the Clock Tower
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