Discover Bern’s most renowned citizens
Founded more than 800 years ago, Berne - seat of the Swiss Federal government headquarters - has retained the features of a medieval town. The city displays a unique architectural heritage with its famously renowned arcades running for 3.7 miles and its sandstone buildings facades and fountains. Wander in the streets towards the Bundesplatz to admire the Federal Palace. In summer, the water-jets hidden in the pavement of the square offer pleasant refreshment before you visit the palace. The Federal Palace is home to the Swiss Government and Parliament. Under its magnificent central dome, you can see symbolic representations of Swiss history. At walking distance from the Bundesplatz, do not miss the clock tower called Zytglogge, which houses the oldest Swiss watch!