Zytglogge-Pissoir Bern

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Zytglogge-Pissoir – One for the boys

So you’re not interested in the city’s picture-perfect medieval watchtower, ey? I don’t blame you – it’s nice to look at, but if you’re no history enthusiast, there is no reason to even wait for the kind of lame full hour cocks crow and bear carousel. But since I happen to be of male sex and a thirsty drinker, I love that tower for another reason.

Once you have dug yourself through the masses of Asian tourists, you’ll find a tiny public urinal attached to the bottom of the tower. This pleasant walk-through restroom has literally saved my life a thousand times when all public toilets have been closed in the small hours — although it is not quite as non-odorous as the attached sign claims it to be, and nobody really knows what is meant by “man bittet um Ordnen der Kleider in der Anstalt” (Please keep your clothes in order inside the institute). But hey, where in the world can you legally pee on a 500-year-old UNESCO world heritage site without being arrested? That’s right…

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Bim Zytglogge 3, Bern

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24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)