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Zytglogge Clock Tower

Clock tower with magnificent medieval astronomical clock - the card of Bern and the most popular souvenirs from the plot. Zytglogge - the so-called Swiss Tower - is the honorary title of one of the oldest watch towers of the country, its construction dates back to the 13th century.

The original Clock Tower was built in the years 1218-1220 with defensive purposes to protect the western outskirts of Bern. With the growth of the city in the direction of all the tower more than was provided in the city, yet has not lost its protective function - in the 15th century it was used as a prison and later received its own clock - and since then countdown in Bern was conducted exclusively under the blows bells Clock Tower . In addition it is from here began to measure the distance from the city - something like the "zero kilometer".