Like no other building in the Canton Bern the Clock Tower is at the center of the city of Bern.

Like no other building in the Canton Bern the Clock Tower is at the center of the city of Bern.

Already with the first clock of 1405 was the astrolabe over the arch of the gate.

Already with the first clock of 1405 was the astrolabe over the arch of the gate.

Saturn, the god of sowing and harvesting, with a serrated sickle and mace. He reigns on Saturday.

Saturn, the god of sowing and harvesting, with a serrated sickle and mace. He reigns on Saturday.

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Clock Tower (Zytglogge)

Today it is one of Bern's most important sights. The ornate astronomical clock with its moving figures was built in 1530. It served as the city's main clock and thus had an authoritative function in Bern.

It was from there that travel times indicated on stone markers along the cantonal roads were measured. Standard units of length – formerly cubit and fathom, today meter and double meter – are displayed for the public in the arch of the gate.

  Bring home a miniature of the Clock Tower! The handcrafted clay model accurately replicates the tower's golden face and bronze hands and even features a working clock mechanism. Now available in different sizes at the Tourist Information.
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