Welcome to the Federal City
Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the Federal City of Switzerland. The old town of Bern has been entered in the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites and thanks to its 6 kilometers of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.
The medieval atmosphere of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique.
Bern is the Federal City and de facto capital of Switzerland, and also the capital of the canton of the same name. As the seat of government, the city houses the federal ministries and a number of other federal institutions.
For further information on the city of Bern, see the website of Bern Tourism.
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