The Zytglogge, or Clock Tower, is one of Bern’s most iconic landmarks and a symbol of the city’s rich history. This medieval clock tower, located in the heart of Bern’s Old Town, dates back to the early 13th century. It served various functions throughout history, including being a guard tower, prison, clock tower, and even an astronomical observatory. The tower stands at approximately 75 meters tall and features an ornate astronomical clock that draws visitors’ attention with its intricate mechanism.

The clock’s performance, which occurs hourly, is a delightful spectacle for onlookers. Colorful figurines representing historical figures come to life, reenacting various scenes. The Clock Tower’s stunning façade showcases an impressive astronomical dial, adorned with zodiac signs and phases of the moon.

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