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. Arrange to visit Federal Building (Bundeshaus) and other attractions in Bern using our Bern vacation generator.
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  • In the picturesque heart of Bern. Beautifully restored and well worth a visit. Excellent views down to the old town and the river.  more »
  • The massive, majestic and expansive edifice was begun in 1852 and completed in 1902. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, and designed by W. H. Auer, it is easily recognized by its distinctive copp...  more »
  • This was a fun place to run through the fountain, or not. As you walk through and behind the building, there are fantastic views down to the river and up to other spots. It was fun!  more »
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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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