Clock Tower

Bern’s Zytglogge

The Zytglogge, called Zeitglockenturm in German, was built around the thirteenth century and served the city as a clock tower, guard tower and even as a prison. This medieval monument was once part of the city’s western gate. Now it is part of the old town of Bern and has been declared as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage site. It is said that in the past people used to gather in front of the clock to watch it and hear it chime, then wondered why. It also helped Albert Einstein with his theory of relativity.

Address: Bim Zytglogge 1, 3011 Bern

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