UNESCO World Heritage

Old City of Bern

A tour through the centuries

The city, founded in 1191, is enthroned on a peninsula high above the Aare and still bears witness today to the ambitious scale of urban development in medieval Europe. It is a positive example of how a medieval city structure can be retained and yet adapted to also meet contemporary requirements. With its impressive closed rows of houses, its attractive roof landscape, arcades, cellars, towers and fountains, which have largely retained their original form, the federal capital city invites you to go on a tour through the centuries. Cultural Heritage since 1983.

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Old City of Bern
The little alleys, baroque buildings and important sights of the medieval city tell an exciting story. Find out about Bern’s history on the classic UNESCO ...
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Our heritage
Old City of Bern
What is your role in this World Heritage site? As the judge of the Clock Tower, I have to make sure that the historical clock works continuously and as accurately ...
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Old City of Bern
A short film by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO
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Old City of Bern
The urban and spatial quality of Bern's old town was already laid out in the foundation plan of 1191. The incorporation of the topography, the structure of the ...
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