Clock Tower - Zytglogge, Bern

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An elaborate structure with moving automatons, Clock Tower - Zytglogge remains one of the capital city's major architectural landmarks, its spire a dominant point in the Old Town's skyline. Part of the city's World Heritage-listed medieval quarter, the 13th-century structure once served as both a prison and guard tower. Virtually unchanged since its contruction nearly eight centuries ago, the tower features a giant astronomical clock, its dial designed in the form of an astrolabe. Every hour on the hour there is an impressive display of early animatronic technology, involving the appearance of a gilded bell-striker representing the Greek personification of time. Our Bern trip planning site makes visiting Clock Tower - Zytglogge and other Bern attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Clock tower is a nice attraction of Swiss capital, but nothing that special and not beautiful as Prague, Munich or other European similar towers. On a full hour small figures rotate, but again... 
    The Clock tower is a nice attraction of Swiss capital, but nothing that special and not beautiful as Prague, Munich or other European similar towers. On a full hour small figures rotate, but again...  more »
  • Take an organized tour of the Clock Tower. There is a sign on the door listing the times of the tours and contact information. The tours will take about an hour. The tour includes climbing up the... 
    Take an organized tour of the Clock Tower. There is a sign on the door listing the times of the tours and contact information. The tours will take about an hour. The tour includes climbing up the...  more »
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  • Iconic Switzerland Bern location. Fountains in the city have drinkable water. Very beautiful city centre.
  • If you have the time and budget I highly recommend booking the Clock Tower / Zytglogge tour with the Tourist Information Center at Bern train station. The tour is one hour long and the guide times it so that the group is directly at the mechanisms at the turn of the hour to see exactly how all those wheels and clogs work together to produce the delightful display of dancing figurines witnessed outside.

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