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

Check out the Bear Sanctuary Webcam.


Would you like to support the Arosa Bear Sanctuary? The Foundation will highly appreciate your donations.
IBAN: CH9800774010339154100
BC-No.: 774
Account holder: Stiftung Arosa Bären, Arosa

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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.

to the press release
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 videos
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
Baerenland Mueritz | © Arosa Tourismus

Starting signal

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.

Facebook news
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.

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.

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
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
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    Am Berg
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  • Betriebszeiten Sommer

    Weisshornbahn Arosa
    täglich 15. Juni bis 21. Oktober 2018

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

    Urdenbahn Arosa-Lenzerheide
    täglich 7. Juli - 19. August 2018
    täglich 5. - 7. September 2018
    täglich 8. - 21. Oktober 2018

    25. August - 7. Oktober 2018

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