24 - The World Famous Zytglogge (Clock Tower) in Bern

On Friday, June 23, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage tour group will watch the famous clock tower turn to a new hour.

Built in the early 13th century as a gate tower for the city’s western fortifications, Zytglogge has served over the years as a guard tower, prison, clock tower, center of urban life and civic memorial. Despite the many renovations it has undergone in its 800 years of existence, Zytglogge is one of Bern’s most recognizable symbols and, along with its 15th-century astronomical clock, a major tourist attraction.


Like any similar clock throughout Europe, the one at Zytglogge has moving pieces that go through a small routine every hour. Father time flips the hourglass, 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.  Experience a wonderful example of the Swiss tradition of timekeeping – how often do you see an 800-year-old clock?

Keep in mind that mass transit (buses & streetcars) does not stop during that time so beware of traffic at the intersection.  Source

See the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) in Action

Be patient – it takes a few minutes to complete the cycle.

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