๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Zytglogge

Zytglogge, Bern

Planning to visit the Zytglogge? Check out our information below!


The Zytglogge (clock tower) is one of Bern’s main attractions and is located in the old city centre. The 23-metre-high tower itself used to be part of the western defence wall and was once Bern’s western city gate. Because the city has grown a lot over the years, the Zytglogge now stands in the city centre. Since 1985, it has been part of the historic city centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An ornate astronomical clock was installed in the tower in 1530. Make sure you are near the tower around the full hour, because every three minutes before the hour, various mechanical characters appear and perform a little show. You will see the madman, the knight, the fox and the bagpiper, among others. You can also visit the tower inside and learn more about its history. There are also fun and interesting guided tours.  

Opening hours:

The Zytglogge is a beautiful tower that can be admired 24 hours a day. There are several tours that tell more along and inside the tower. These can be booked in the city at different times.

Photographer: Ronnie Schmutz by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before you visit the Zytglogge!

  • Walk past the tower especially around full hours, which is when the Zytglogge chimes and even gets a bit moving.
  • Want to do a tour that tells you more about the city’s history and the beautiful Zytglogge? Book it easily in the city.  
Photographer: Andreas Fischinger by Unsplash

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