Local History

Bern, Bärenpark. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Bears of Bern

The relationship between the city of Bern and the bears has a long tradition. Duke Berchtold V of Zähringen (1160-1218), the founder of the town in 1191, shot a bear in this area and gave the city its name. At least that is the story.

The Park of Ours is renovated to comply with the rules of animal husbandry. Brown bears are the largest land predators in Europe.

The park shows many facts about their habitat and the inhabitants (Finn, Ursina and Berna) are presented except in the winter.

(Source and further information www.tierpark-bern.ch).