Bear Sanctuary Adventure

Sustainable animal protection in the Arosa Bear Sanctuary

Animal protection in Arosa: animals from poor living conditions get a chance to spend their remaining years in a peaceful and specious-appropriate environment. The Arosa Bear Sanctuary will be the home of five bears from summer 2018.

In a Nutshell

  • Enclosure of approx. 2.8 ha
  • Location: beneath the Arosa Weisshorn cable railway (1st section)
  • Natural mountain landscape with pastures, shrubs, rocks, alders, stream, forest
  • Capacity: Up to 5 bears
  • Attractive access via the Arosa Weisshorn cable railway
  • Existing infrastructure such as restaurant (Brüggerstuba), toilet facilities, etc.
  • A visitor platform, children’s playground, educational elements and guided tours are also part of
    the project.

Overnight guests (Arosa Card holders: mountain railway and much more included)
Adults: CHF 5
Children: CHF 3

Day visitors (travel by Weisshorn cable car and admission to the visitor platform)
Adults: CHF 20
Children: CHF 10

Day visitors “upgrade” (travel by Weisshorn cable car to the peak and admission to the platform)
Adults: CHF 29
Children: CHF 15

The Bear Sanctuary opens in August 2018 and since April the first resident is known: it will be the last circus bear of Serbia. The still nameless bear was already rescued in November 2016 by Serbian authorities with logistical help of Four Paws. Until now, he remains temporarily in the Serbian Zoo Palic, before he will be transported to the beautiful surroundings of Arosa.

More information (in German) about the first bear: Press Release

Moments of the development

The long awaited ground-breaking ceremony took place on Thursday 31 August 2017 amidst the Arosa mountain scenery. The video brings back the emotions of this special moment and shows what can be achieved when different partners connect for a unique project. The current status of the construction site can be followed on the webcam.

Bärenland Spatenstich | © Nina Mattli

"There are only winners!"

After the ground-breaking ceremony the project leaders are very excited and convinced that everyone will benefit from the Arosa Bear Sanctuary.

to the video

Ground-breaking Ceremony

What a great day: the ground-breaking ceremony for the Arosa Bear Sanctuary took place on 31 August 2017. It symbolized the start of the innovative cooperation of animal protection and tourism. The initiators together with financial partners look forward to the inauguration of the Arosa Bear Sanctuary in summer 2018.

to the press release

Ideas towards the Arosa „Bear Village“

The more concrete the implementation of the Arosa Bear Sanctuary has become, the more requests about the further development of the project were received. The base elements (fences, stables, visitor platform) costing 4 mio. are financed by VIER PFOTEN and two bequest donors. Now it is time to develop and analyse further ideas around the Bear Sanctuary and look for additional funding.

In order to promote the development, the project group created a donation box as a hotchpotch of ideas. The aim is to implement as many of these elements as possible. The total volume of all these additional elements amounts to a 7-digit number. For the time being the sub-projects are only ideas and independent form one another. Information about the costs of each element as well as the current financial situation can be requested at „Team Bear Sanctuary“. The project team is pleased to see a high interest in financial support.

Would you also like to support the Arosa Bear Sanctuary and finance further idea elements? The Arosa Bear Sanctuary Foundation will highly appreciates your donations.

IBAN: CH9800774010339154100
BC-No.: 774
Account holder: Stiftung Arosa Bären, Arosa

On 27 November 2016 with a 78% YES vote the municipality of Arosa clearly agreed on the rezoning for the Arosa Bear Sanctuary. The project group could not have been more delighted and swiftly prepared the next steps.

The Arosa Bear Sanctuary stands for meaningful and sustainable animal protection and enables Arosa to expand its summer season offer. In cooperation with the animal protection organisation VIER PFOTEN, the team of the Arosa Bear Sanctuary help bears to spend their remaining years in a natural and animal-friendly environment.

Medienkonferenz 18.04.2017 | © Nina Mattli

Media Info about the current status of the project

On 18 April 2017 the project group informed about the current status of the development and provided first insights into the new homes of the bears. Read the summary of the press release.

Philipp Holenstein, CEO Arosa Cable Cars, Pascal Jenny, Tourism Director and Co-Project Manager, Julye Stillhart, Country Manager Vier Pfoten, Hans Schmid, Director Zürich Zoo and Co-Project Manager.

To the press release
Tele Südostschweiz  | © Arosa Tourismus

Tele Südostschweiz Report

Following the information session of the project group Bear Sanctuary Arosa the TV station Tele Südostschweiz broadcasted an extensive report in the show „so informiert“ on Wednesday 21 September 2016.

[to the Tele Südostschweiz Video
Parameter Umzonung | © Arosa Tourismus


On the occasion of the parliamentary session on Thursday 6 October 2016, the 14 member parliament agreed with 14-0 votes to the rezoning request of the municipality executive board. The initiators of the project were incredibly delighted with the result.

Bears will find an animal-friendly home in the area near the Weisshorn middle station

Visitors can observe bears in the Arosa Bear Sanctuary from an extensive visitor’s platform. In addition there will be a big playground called “ bear school” that makes every child’s heart beat faster.

Präsentation Bärenland | © Nina Mattli

Official Presentation

The two co-project managers Hansi Schmid (Zoo Zürich) and Stephan Oetiker (embla) provided detailed information about the “project of the century” at the general assembly of the Arosa Tourist Office.

to the bear Sanctuary presentation

A strong YES to the Arosa Bear Sanctuary

YES – to modern animal protection. A new, species-appropriate home for abused brown bears that could be saved from poor living conditions by the help of VIER PFOTEN.

YES – to the future of Arosa tourism. It is a new summer tourism generation-wide project with a potential of up to 80,000 visitors from Switzerland per summer season.

YES – to no costs and no risk. The expenses for the construction, the reserves for a possible dismantling and operating costs (permanently) are contractually and fully covered by VIER PFOTEN and private donations.

YES – to new chances for everyone. The Arosa bears offer unlimited ways for further development of the local business sector, the tourism sector, the construction sector and the communal life in Arosa.

  • Wetter in Arosa
    Am Berg
    Im Tal
  • Betriebszeiten Sommer

    Weisshornbahn Arosa
    15. Juni bis 21. Oktober 2018

    Hörnli-Express Arosa
    30. Juni bis 21. Oktober 2018

    Urdenbahn Arosa-Lenzerheide
    Täglich 07. Juli bis 19. August 2018
    25. August bis 07. Oktober 2018

  • Panoramakarte

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