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Coronavirus: Visiting the zoo after reopening

We are happy that we are open again!

At long last, Animal Park Bern is open for visitors again - but we’re doing it in stages, mainly for the sake of our animals. We want them to slowly get used to the many guests we welcome at the zoo, after three months of isolation.

The zoo is reopening as part of a branch-wide policy for zoological gardens, zoos and wildlife parks. Your health is our top priority, so we request that you follow the hygiene regulations and respect the rules on social distancing in the grounds of Bern Animal Park, for your safety and that of our employees

On 1 July, the Poacher's Path and the Grotto of the AareAlpen will be opened to the public.


> Overview of the current adjustments and changes in the Dählhölzli

Virtueller Rundgang durch das Dählhölzli zur Wiedereröffnung (7. Juni 2020).

Planning your visit

Up to 1270 guests can be admitted to the Dählhölzli Zoo at any one time, and 130 guests to the vivarium. We can check the numbers with our counting system. The entrance to the vivarium is the eye of the needle. Please help to avoid long waiting times at the entrance due to large crowds by planning your visit at off-peak times.


Entry and exit

The entrance to Dählhölzli-Zoo is via the Flamingo Gate. Please observe the floor markings for guidance and maintaining distance. If possible, we would prefer payment by card. Disinfectant is available at the entrance to the vivarium. Please use it for your own safety and that of others.

Please follow the route through the zoo that is partially controlled and signposted and respect the markings for social distancing. It is only possible to leave Dählhölzli-Zoo through the revolving gate opposite the wisent stable. The revolving gate is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and also allows twin pushchairs through.

In order to enable as many visitors as possible to experience the zoo, multiple entry and exit with a day ticket will not be possible until further notice. You will not be able to return to the vivarium once you have left it, so please take all your jackets, strollers etc. with you when you leave.

Other Information

The 'Eulen Bistro' is open and will cater for your well-being and consumption in line with the branch concept for gastronomy.

Please understand that some areas and enclosures will not be open because the prescribed distance rules cannot be observed. Likewise, some of the things we normally offer have been suspended for the time being.

  • The children's zoo is closed.
  • There is no access to the jungle aviary.
  • The path between the seal and the elk enclosures is sealed off.
  • The aviary and visitors’ area at the new AareAlpen enclosure on the banks of the Aare are closed.
  • These things are not available at Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli Zoo and the BearPark: commentated feedings, the animal meeting point ('Treffpunkt Tier'), guided tours, and private or company events or dinners.

We ask you to support our employees in implementing the measures for everyone's safety.

Government recommended distance and hygiene rules apply to public, freely accessible areas of Bern Animal Park. These include:

  • the Dählhölzli-Aare riverbank
  • the Dählhölzli forest
  • the BearPark