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 Tourism
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)