Local History

Bern, Bärenpark. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Bears of Bern

The relationship between the city of Bern and its bears has a long tradition dating back to the foundation of the town in the year 1191. The Duke Berchtold V of Zähringen (1160-1218), the founder of the town, is said to have shot a bear in this area and therefore gave the city its name. The current park has been extensively renovated in recent years to comply as much as possible with new insights and rules of animal husbandry. Brown bears are the largest land predators in Europe, and the park offers many interesting facts about their habitat, and one gets to know the inhabitants (Finn, Ursina and Berna) from nearby, except in the winter, when they are in deep (winter) sleep. (Source and further information www.tierpark-bern.ch).