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Bundesplatz, Bern

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The Bundesplatz is the Government Plaza in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. It is situated at the Old City of Bern, the medieval city center of Bern, Switzerland. It is part of the Innere Neustadt which was built during the second expansion in 1255 to 1260, though the plaza was not built until much later. It is located in front of the Bundeshaus, the Swiss Parliament Building, and it is part of the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site that encompasses the Old City.HistoryThe western third of the modern Bundeshausplatz was originally part of the ditch around the second city wall. In 1765, a plaza was built in the area between the Ballenhaus and the Holzwerkhof. Ballenhaus was demolished in 1820 to make way for the Casino and was located on the site of the modern east wing of the Parliament at Bundesplatz 15. The Holzwerkhof was demolished to make way for the Bundeshaus West and was located at Bundesgasse 1. The new plaza construction was overseen by Niklaus Hebler, who planted Linden trees on the plaza and fenced in the southern side with a balustrade which overlooked the lower city and Aare river. Between 1894 and 1900, the new Bundeshaus was built, and a number of buildings were demolished which increased the size of the plaza. Until 1909, it was known as Parlamentplatz.
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  • This is a family friendly place with historical and political meaning. In summer kids play with the water fountains they come up from the floor, in winter it has a night light show. On Tuesday and Sat...  more »
  • You can see hoards of tourist taking pictures within this large square outside of the parliament house. Occasionally, you can see street performers performing here too. On weekends, it's a busy market...  more »
  • The local market is wide ranging, bustling and attractive. Recommended. Lots of local produce and local customers.  more »
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  • No plants at all and the water fountains are too hidden, although they can look nice sometimes. But it's better than before when it was a parking lot. Very nice and interesting when there is market day!
  • Nice place for kids to run around in the water fountain
  • It's rather bland but does offer a joyful or relaxing time with its occasionally spurting water mountains. Sometimes used as a marketplace or stage for events.
  • Worth checking out. A must see historical place in Bern. They have sometimes a light show.
  • Is an interesting place with a sort of fountain in which children can play

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