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Since it was founded 800 years ago the city of Bern has developed into an important service centre.

Erlacherhof, seat of the city government

Bern is the seat of the city, cantonal and federal parliaments, governments and public administrations and thus plays a central role in the political life of Switzerland. It has also developed into a major tourist attraction thanks to the picturesque old town, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Milestones in Bern’s history:

  • 1191 Founded by the dukes of Zähringen
  • 1353 Joins the original Swiss Confederacy
  • 1848 Selected as capital of Switzerland
  • In the 20th century the city developed into a modern service centre, the seat of international organisations and companies
  • In the early 21st century several major constructions by renowned architects were built (Paul Klee Centre, Brünnen-Westside)

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