Federal Palace of Switzerland

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Federal Palace
(in German) Bundeshaus
(in French) Palais fédéral
(in Italian) Palazzo federale
(in Romansh) Chasa federala
(in Latin) Curia Confœderationis Helveticæ
Bundeshaus Bern 2009, Flooffy.jpg
View from the Bundesplatz
Federal Palace is located in Bern
Federal Palace
Federal Palace
Location within Bern
Federal Palace is located in Canton of Bern
Federal Palace
Federal Palace
Federal Palace (Canton of Bern)
Federal Palace is located in Switzerland
Federal Palace
Federal Palace
Federal Palace (Switzerland)
General information
AddressBundesplatz 3
CH-3005 Bern
Town or cityBern
Completed1 April 1902; 117 years ago (1902-04-01)
Design and construction
ArchitectHans Auer
Federal Palace from the South, with the West and East wings.

The Federal Palace (German: Bundeshaus, French: Palais fédéral, Italian: Palazzo federale, Romansh: Chasa federala, Latin: Curia Confœderationis Helveticæ) refers to the building in Bern housing the Swiss Federal Assembly (legislature) and the Federal Council (executive). It consists of a central assembly building and two wings (eastern and western) housing government departments and a library.

The two chambers where the National Council and the Council of States meet are separated by the Hall of the Dome. The dome itself has an external height of 64 m, and an internal height of 33 m. The mosaic in the center represents the federal coat of arms along with the Latin motto Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno (One for all, and all for one), surrounded by the coat of arms of the 22 cantons that existed in 1902. The coat of arms of the Canton of Jura, created in 1979, was placed outside of the mosaic.

The name in German and Romansh both mean "federal house", whereas the French and Italian names both translate to "Federal Palace". The Latin word curia originates from Ancient Rome and originally meant an assembly, and later used for where the Roman Senate met, both meanings being relevant to the Federal Palace.


The building was designed by the architect Hans Wilhelm Auer and constructed between 1894 and 1902 by 173 Swiss firms and 33 Swiss artists.[1] Its inauguration took place on 1 April 1902. The total cost, at the time, was 7,198,000 Swiss Francs.


West wing
East wing


As president of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland and therefore member of the so-called Elefantenrunde, the presidents of the five most important political parties in Switzerland, Ursula Koch participated at the first live stream broadcast from the Federal Palace (Bundeshaus) in late 1999.[5]

As reported in a study by the Federal parliamentary services (Parlamentsdienste), the noise caused by human activities in the chamber of the National Council is clearly too loud. The previously undisclosed study was published by 10vor10 on 12 December 2014, pointing that the noise level is usually at a level of about 70 decibels, comparable to a used roadway, so concentration of work for politicians is not possible.[6]


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  1. ^ Federal Chancellery of Switzerland (2017). The Parliament Building in Bern, Switzerland (PDF) (12/2017 ed.). Federal Chancellery of Switzerland. pp. 5–18.
  2. ^ Visiting the Parliament Building, Federal Assembly (page visited on 11 September 2016).
  3. ^ (in French) "Dans les appartements des sept sages", Le temps, Sunday 12 May 2013 (page visited on 11 September 2016).
  4. ^ "'Swiss Schindler' honoured with room in Federal Palace". The Local. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Das hatte die Technikwelt 1999 zu bieten" (in German). 20 Minuten. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Lärmbelastung im Nationalrat deutlich zu hoch" (in German). 10vor10. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 46°56′48″N 7°26′39″E / 46.94667°N 7.44417°E / 46.94667; 7.44417