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Bern Sights

Bundeshaus (Houses of Parliament)

  • Bundespl. 3 Map It
  • City Center
  • Government Building

Fodor's Review

Conceived as a national monument and the beating heart of the Swiss Confederation (the seven-member Federal Council, the 46-member Council of States, and the 200-member National Council all meet here), this massive, majestic domed complex built between 1852 and 1902 takes its symbolism seriously. The 26 fountains out front represent the Swiss cantons; solemn statues inside depict the swearing of the oath on which the union is founded; and two huge murals, one in each chamber, represent the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Luzern) and a Landsgemeinde (outdoor cantonal assembly) scene, respectively the place where Swiss democracy was founded and the means by which it flourished. Guided tours are available in English.

Sight Information

Address:

Bundespl. 3, Bern, Bern, 3003, Switzerland

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Phone:

058-3229022

Website: www.parlament.ch

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Guided tours Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. at 2; Sat. at 4

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