No matter what part of the world tourists come from, the
“Zytglogge” is always a highlight when they visit Berne.
The magnificent tower, the impressive clock faces and,
of course, the moving figures delight young and old alike. The clock tower was originally the western
city gate and was constructed in
around 1220. As the city grew, the tower
became an increasingly central location,
and as a result, it has performed various
roles. It served as a prison for a time,
and was later used by the fire service.
Following a fire in the city in 1406,
it finally became a clock tower.
The monumental clockwork, which
can still be admired today, was made by
the gunsmith Kaspar Brunner in 1530.
It consists of five combined mechanisms
housed together: the movement mechanism,
two striking mechanisms and two
installations for the movement of the
From the hour axis of the movement
mechanism, the hands are moved
around the two large 12-hour clock
faces and the astrolabe clock. This is
an example of the finest horological
The special stamp with a value of five
francs, which celebrates this unique
clock, is designed as a miniature sheet
with technical illustration.