House of Parliament, Bern
The Houses of the Federal Parliament are the seat of the Swiss government (Federal Council) and parliament (National and State Councils). The Houses of Parliament were completed in 1902. The central domed hall and both chambers feature numerous symbolic renderings of the rich Swiss history. You can go on a free guided tour, but come in advance and bring an ID or passport with you for security and identification purposes.
Visit the Bundeshaus
Our house of Parliment.
Four times a year our Parliment gets together in this place to rule our country [wich seems to be done by reading newspapers ;-) ]. There are two chambers:
The "Ständerat" representing the cantons with 2 Members each and the "Nationalrat", 200 Members representing the Folk. How many Membes every canton gets depends on their size.
The 'Bundesrat' (our highest 7 Ministers) works there all ruond the year. Sometimes you can see them going to work (some of them walk trough the town!).
The Bundeshaus was built 150 years ago. Its made of Sandstone. The green roof tops are made of copper wich with the weather corroded and went green.
You can visit the Bundeshaus, there are one or two guided tours a day. Inform yourself at the tourist information.
Bundeshaus (or Federal Assembly building)
Built in Renaissance style in 1902, it is the Assembly Building of the Swiss Confederation. When the parliamentarians are not in session, you can join a free 45-minute guided tour which takes you through the various chambers, decorated with coats of arms, statues and paintings commemorating events in Swiss history. When the assembly is sitting (the flag overhead will be flying), you can watch proceedings from the public gallery. The building sits on a cliff edge above the Aare (river).
The "Bundesplatz", place situated in front of the house of parliaments is very attractive when the weather is hot. Then a lot of kids and people and dogs have fun to play with the water fountains.
Me in the parliament. Twice a day (I think) you can get a guided tour through the Swiss parliament and you can sit down and feel like a politician for a while. Not that I want to be one but...
Bundeshaus, The Swiss Parliament. You can go inside to get a guided tour but check their times first. We only were lucky once!
Visit the Bundeshaus (Federal Parlament Palace). It was built in Florentine Renaissance style. The central section with the dome is a seat of Bundesversammlung (Parlament).