For more than 600 years, the Bern Rathaus has been the political center of the Canton and City of Bern. It is where the parliament and the government of the Canton of Bern meet. The parliament of the City of Bern also holds its meetings in the Rathaus.
Bern’s Political Center
The Rathaus (Town Hall) is the political center for the Canton and City of Bern. Five times a year the Cantonal Parliament holds its sessions in the parliament chamber (Grossratssaal). The Rathaus is also where the parliamentary committees convene to discuss their business and the parliamentary groups and the office of the Cantonal Parliament hold their meetings. Every week, the Cantonal Government also meets in the Rathaus to debate and decide on matters from all areas of policy. The Rathaus is also home to the City of Bern Parliament (Stadtrat) and the Canton and City’s youth parliaments.
- Cantonal Parliament (only in German)
- Cantonal Government (only in German)
- Stadtrat (only in German)
- Jugendparlament Kanton Bern (only in German)
- Jugendparlament Stadt Bern (only in German)
Museum Night 2022
Museum Night took place on 18 March 2022. The exhibition in the Rathaus was held under the slogan “Beaver, Bear and Bambi: Animals on the Loose in the City”.
50 years since women earned the right to vote – a milestone in democracy
On 12 December 1971, Bernese voters gave a clear yes to the introduction of women's suffrage in the Canton of Bern. Various exhibits in the Bern Rathaus commemorate this important milestone in Swiss democracy. They recall the long road to equal rights for women and men and show the first female cantonal politicians. The anniversary has been celebrated on 15 December 2021 at the Rathaus.
Artwork dedicated to Albert Gobat
A work of art by the photographer and installation artist Esther van der Bie honours Albert Gobat, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former member of the Cantonal Government. It stands in the area above the stairs leading from the Rathaus chamber to the Cantonal Parliament chamber and was inaugurated on 24 August 2021.
History magazine “Passé simple”: Special issue on Albert Gobat and Élie Ducommun (in German)