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Zytglogge (time bell tower) - Guided tour

Zytglogge (time bell tower) - Guided tour
Zytglogge (time bell tower) - Guided tour
Zytglogge (time bell tower) - Guided tour
Take a look behind the hands of the centuries-old clockwork of the Bernese landmark and enjoy the view from the tower.

The landmark of Bern

Every hour on the hour an extraordinary spectacle takes place in Bern: the medieval puppet show of the Zytglogge tower (time bell tower) makes its appearance. The dancing bear procession, the pert jester and the screaming rooster thrill young and old alike, and have done so every day for centuries. Do you know what the statues stand for? Would you like to find out how the mechanism is operated and what stories are hidden behind the thick walls of the clock tower? The tour, which lasts just under an hour, offers you and your guests all kinds of facts and anecdotes about the famous landmark of Bern. And of course, the tour ends with a trip to the lofty heights.

Guided tour, ascent and view

A very special atmosphere awaits you inside the tower. Coolness and silence envelop you. Heavy wooden beams and thick stone walls line your journey into the past. The constant ticking of the medieval mechanics accompanies you through the historical rooms. You take a close look at the gears and apparatus of the old clockwork, follow the progress of the puppet play step by step and find out what the rotating discs and artistically crafted celestial bodies on the east side of the tower are all about. Then climb the 130 or so steps to the viewing platform of the monumental monument. The breathtaking view over the old town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) extends to the mountain peaks in the Bernese Oberland. For fire safety reasons and fire regulations, a maximum of 19 people and the guide are allowed in the Zytglogge (time bell tower).

Target audience, weather and culinary

Whether you are interested in history, Bernese locals, immigrants or international guests: on this entertaining tour, everyone will learn something new. The event can take place in any weather. In wet weather, a rain jacket or umbrella is all you need. After the tour, Bern also has a lot to offer in the way of culinary delights. How about a meal in a cosy restaurant between the Zytglogge tower and the Bernese cathedral? Or would you prefer to relax in a modern ambience after the historical guided tour? Let us advise you.

Size of group

2 to 19 people


around 1 h


all year round
Start at xx.15 o'clock, max. 1 group per hour


Bern Distanz show map


French, German, English, Italian, Russisch, Koreanisch, Chinesisch, Japanisch

Costs [CHF]

incl. 7.7% VAT
Guided tour
Each group of max. 19 pers. 250.00  flat-rate

Included in the price

-   Preparation and organization
-   Guided tour through the Zytglogge tower

Not included

-   outward and return journey

Optional extras

-   Eating in the old town of Bern
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