Federal Building (Bundeshaus), Bern

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Home to the Swiss national government, Federal Building (Bundeshaus) provides rich historical and architectural delights. The grand structure was completed in 1902 and has become an iconic part of the city's cityscape. In addition to enjoying views of the building itself, you can visit its rear terrace for a superb vista of the Alps. Complimentary guided tours are also available when parliament is not in session. A tour gives you access to the building's ornate interior, steeped in symbolism, where a guide will discuss the history of the parliament and the workings of the Swiss governmental system. Plan your Federal Building (Bundeshaus) visit and explore what else you can see and do in Bern using our Bern online trip planner .
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  • Even if it fits all, Bern is shut but the Centre of Switzerland. The Federal House above all. The fountain on the Bundesplatz offers in the summer for young and old variety and cool down. If you have time, you can visit also the Federal House (valid ID E.g. ID take do not forget).
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  • Dominated by the beauty of the location and worthy is the seat of the Swiss Parliament with beautiful fountains in the big square of
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  • Do not go on the site of Berne is a shame, the heart of the policy Switzerland is here. A must see, you can visit the inside of the Palace and it's free each August 1st!
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  • Guided tour was amazing with charismatic guide and access to all major areas
  • Amazing view from the top. Inside tours are strictly guided only.
  • Sign up for the free tour. Don't forget to bring your passport, it's the only form of ID they will accept. The Swiss tour guide spoke a perfect English, but she was a bit monotone. Make sure to stay alert during the tour or you will fall asleep.
  • The tour was very informative, the guide were very helpful and keep the tour interesting.
  • There was a cool light show at night. Not sure how often they do it.

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In historic Bern, the bulk of the accommodation offerings are confined to the peninsula, where the Old Town or "Altstadt" is located. Staying here gives you the convenience of being within walking distance to everything--which will come in handy in this generally car-free area. Throughout the Old Town you'll find a number of mid-range three-star hotels complete with their original 19th-century characteristics. A couple hostels and pensions round out the options here, though these tend to be a bit more expensive than one might expect. Outside of the Old Town, there are a few hotels with cheaper rates, though you compromise on convenience and atmosphere. The city also boasts a few stunning four- and five-star hotels, should your budget be forgiving.
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