Legend has it that when the founder of Bern, Berthold V, duke of Zähringen, caught a bear during one of his hunting expeditions, the city got its name. When I visited the Barengraben, an extremely popular tourist attraction, it was unfortunately nothing more than a deep pit where I could see one bear in total. However, with its beautiful trees and grass plots, several non-ferocious and completely adorable bears now freely roam around the 6000 square metre park in the heart of Bern, just along the Aare River.
Visit www.baerenpark-bern.ch for directions and timings. The bears are usually away during the summers, therefore, it is best to find out well in advance. The entry is free.