Parliament Building and Parliament Square
Parliament Building (Bundeshaus)
Construction on the Parliament Building (the west wing of today's Parliament Building) started in 1852.
The east wing, mirroring the west wing, was added in 1884; and in 1902 the structure was extended into a building complex composed of three parts. All in all, 38 artists from throughout Switzerland are responsible for the building's embellishments.
The Parliament Building is the seat of the Swiss government (Federal Council) and the parliament (National Council and Council of States). The building was completed in 1902. The central domed hall and both chambers feature numerous symbolic renderings of Swiss history.
Parliament Square (Bundesplatz):
Parliament Square was inaugurated on July 31 and August 1, 2004 (Swiss National Day). The square now serves as a gathering place for young and old, rather than the parking area as it used to be. It is also the site of the traditional weekly market.
Parliament Square is one of Switzerland's most symbolically meaningful places and is positioned to be the country's "calling card" in the future. A natural stone rectangle dominates the square. The square's new lighting and an illuminated path that visually connects the nearby Bear's Square (Bärenplatz) with the Parliament Building create an enchanting atmosphere in the evenings.
The square also features a water display with 26 water jets representing each of the Swiss cantons. Parliament Square is expected to evolve into a vibrant hub in the heart of Bern. Its various events draw guests from all over.
|Individuals:||Due to the large number of visitors it is advisable to sign up the day before (Tel. +41 (0)31 322 85 22). You will be given a ticket at the visitors’ office in the entrance hall. Please note that you will be asked to deposit an official identity document at the entrance during your visit.|
|Groups:||Groups of 10 up to max. 50 people must book their tour 3 to 4 months in advance at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +41 (0)31 322 85 22. Each member of the group must deposit an official identity document at the entrance. Admission is free.|
|Tour times:||Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., |
plus Thursdays: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
|Group tours: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.|
|Languages:||French, German, Italian, English|
|You can also take a virtual tour.|
|The water display is in operation from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with displays every full and half hour.*|
|* No operation:||During winter break (November 1 until the beginning of spring)|
|Tuesday and Saturday: until 2 p.m. (due to markets)|
|During special events or maintenance work|