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“Stunning to wander inside an amazing 600yo clock!”
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Clock Tower
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2-Hour Private Bern City Walking Tour
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US$229.24*
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4-Hour Private Guided Tour of Bern
Ranked #6 of 81 things to do in Bern
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Owner description: This prominent landmark has for centuries kept time for Bern's residents and puts on an elaborate show each hour.
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“Stunning to wander inside an amazing 600yo clock!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Wow.

We'd seen the Zytglogge in the BBC's fantastic "Mechanical Marvels - Clockwork Dreams" documentary (YouTube it!), and for Fr.15 each, here we are inside it as it strikes 2:45, 3:00 and 3:15.

This clock attracts a crowd outside at the top of every hour of every day, just prior to the show it puts on - to the point that the vehicles simply turn their engines off and wait for the crowd to disperse rather than try and bulldoze through.

It's a great show from outside, but it's even more impressive to see it from the inside - and you get a fantastic view of the city from the opening windows high in the bell-tower too!

If you or someone in your party has an appreciation of mechanics or clocks, the daily tour (commencing 1430 - book in advance or be there 10 minutes before to pay) is a MUST for your time in Bern.

Visited June 2014
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“It's just a clock with movements, but I think you have to see it”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Make sure to show up five minutes *before* the hour to see the action, I didn't think of this the first time we stopped by and missed the action. It's not like this is a wonder of the world but as people say it is an icon of Bern and I think you'd feel something was missing if you didn't see it while you were there.

Visited June 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Charming Clock Tower”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Although not as amazing as the Clock Tower in Prague, the Clock Tower in Bern is remarkable - especially when you consider when it was constructed. You should arrive about 5 minutes before the hour in order to take full advantage of the show the clock gives to spectators at the top of each hour.

Visited June 2014
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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“The Bern Icon - Zyttglocke”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

The massive clock, Zyttglocke, in the center of Bern is worth visiting while in Bern. Like any similar clock throughout Europe, the Zyttglocke has moving pieces that go through a small routine every hour. Father time flips the hour glass, the carpenter strikes the hammer on the bell, and several other small animations make their hourly dance; however, this dance does not start at the top of the hour! In order to see the animations, make sure you arrive at least five minutes before the hour as the dance starts four minutes prior and a crowd will gather.

Keep in mind that mass transit (buses and street cars) do not stop during this animation. The gathering crowd will be large enough to stretch into the street creating a dangerous environment of pedestrians versus public transportation. The Zyttglocke is certainly worth visiting while in Bern, just beware of traffic at this intersection.

Visited January 2014
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“hammer striking man”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is one of those great city clocks, even has sort of a warning bell, in a tiny animated clock a minute before the main clock chimes, as the man brings back his sledgehammer and strikes the bell. Always a lot of waiting cameras

Visited June 2014
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