Guided tour

Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

Activity provider: Bern Welcome

Bern: Zytglogge - Tour through the Clock Tower

Activity provider: Bern Welcome

From US$ 21.83 per person

Visit the Zytglogge, the famous clock tower, and experience a tour of the first Western city gate (1218 - 1256) in Bern's old city. Visit the clockwork and follow a puppet show step by step.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Visit the Zytglogge in the old city of Bern and learn more about the impressive tower from the 1300s
  • Discover the first Western city gate and enjoy an incredible view of everything from the city to the Alps
  • Admire the golden inner workings of the clock and see an incredible puppet show
Full description
Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls. For over 600 years, the clock has struck on the hour. Inside, time seems to stand still and cool solitude awaits. The reliable ticks of the Middle Age technology impart a steadiness to visitors. Approximately 130 steps to the top of the spiral staircase lead you to a lookout platform. From here, see the roofs of the old city and maybe even the Alps. Visit the clockwork with your guide and follow the puppet show step by step until the famous rooster crows.
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    4.7 /5

    based on 317 reviews

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    Our guide Ursula was fantastic. She gave us so much information about the clock and how it works and told us what to watch to see it in action. Watching the outside “show” isn’t as impressive as watching the ancient mechanism on the inside. Well worth the time and money.

    June 30, 2022

    Amazing views

    Well organised, lovely guide, very informative. 58 circular stone steps to start with, then wooden staircases plus wooden/steel ladder - easy access actually & on our tour there were children plus elderly people & everyone was able to access easily. Clock workings were so interesting & the city views from both sides were amazing. Definite thumbs up & well worth doing this tour

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    September 26, 2019

    Fun and informative tour on Bern's Zytglogge

    Interesting and informational behind the scenes look at Bern, Switzerland's iconic clock in the old city. You'll get a history lesson on the city, and the clock tower, as they go through their constructive history. In addition, you'll get to see the clock mechanism and its functionality. Be aware that to access the clock, stairs are the only way and some of it are narrow and steep. But it was fun and informative tour if you have an hour to spend in Bern.

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    April 30, 2019

    Product ID: 45582