Bern Travel Guide

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Bundeshaus (Houses of Parliament)

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

Published 04/20/2014

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 on weekdays (except Wednesday) at 2 pm and on Saturday at 4 pm.

Sight Information


Bundespl. 3, Bern, Bern, 3003, Switzerland

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Closed Sun. and during parliamentary sessions

Published 04/20/2014


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