Today it is one of Bern's most important sights. The ornate astronomical clock with its moving figures was built in 1530. It served as the city's main clock and thus had an authoritative function in Bern.
It was from there that travel times indicated on stone markers along the cantonal roads were measured. Standard units of length – formerly cubit and fathom, today meter and double meter – are displayed for the public in the arch of the gate.
Renovation work February through June 2018
From Monday, February 5, 2018, the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) will be undergoing extensive renovations. This includes restoring the roof and facades, and the astrolabe is also in need of refurbishment. The Zytglogge will be entirely scaffolded and covered with a printed scaffold net for the duration of the work. The work will take around four months and is expected to be completed in early June 2018. Tours inside the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) can continue unaffected, but a few individual adjustments may have to be made as a result of construction work.