Bern. Photo/Foto: TES.

The historic centre of Bern

The historic centre of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983. The centre has retained its (medieval) character throughout the centuries, although it has undergone centuries of development and has adapted to the changing needs of citizens and entrepreneurs. Founded in 1191 by the Duke of Zähringen, Bern became the most important city and later 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 with their arcades and the many administrative and churches still dominate the skyline. (Source and further information: