Bern. Photo/Foto: TES.

The historic centre of Bern

The historic centre of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.

The city was Founded by the Duke of Zähringen in 1191. Bern became the most important city and canton in the old Eidgenossenschaft and is today the seat of the federal parliament and government of the Confoederatio Helvetica (CH).

The buildings, the broad streets, their arcades and the many administrative and churches still dominate the skyline. (Source and further information: