See the animals at Tierpark Dählhölzli
“More space for fewer animals” is the slogan at Tierpark Dählhölzli, Bern’s wooded animal park, which opened in 1937. Back then a visit meant peering into little wire cages at distressed exotic creatures. Today it’s about strolling beside the leafy River Aare, where the pelicans have a long, rock-studded lake; or through graceful, silver-trunked beech trees where bison roam. Not that there’s a shortage of animals – the spacious zoo cares for nearly 300 different species, from wolves and wild boar to otters and harbour seals. Bird lovers will find puffins, snowy owls and endangered Bali mynas thriving here. Add a riverside café, kids’ playground, pony rides, face-painting and a smartphone quiz, and a family day out at Dählhölzli is the wild cat’s whiskers.