Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen, chose the strategically ideal spot to found a new city in 1191. Bern’s coat of arms, sporting a bear, first appeared in 1224, and to this day bears remain indelibly associated with the city. In 1339, at the battle of Laupen, Bern defeated the united nobility of Burgundy, and asserted its newfound independence by joining the Swiss Confederation in 1353.
Schweizerpsalm, cantique suisse, salmo svizzero
Devoted to the work of Henry Dunant
Total height is 1640 ft. The tallest drop is 984 ft.
One of Europe's oldest music festivals; begun by Toscanini in 1938
16-days of blues, reggae, funk, soul, rap, rock and pop, as well as jazz
1828-1910. Banker, was the founder of the International Red Cross. Died in a hospice
1887-1965. Often considered the most important architect of the 1900’s
Lindt, Lindor Sprüngli developed conching.
1,320 km. Germany / France / Switzerland / Netherlands / Austria / Belgium / Luxembourg/ Liechtenstein / Italy
5.8 km. Italy/Switzerland
Bronze, c. 570 BC: Bernisches Historisches Museum, Bern
155 m high. 540 m long. Göschenerreuss River
225 m high. 600 m long. Brenno di Luzzone River
156 m high. 156 m long. Lienne River
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The first church on this site was probably a small chapel, built around the time Bern was founded (1191). Its existence is first recorded in 1224. On March 11, 1421, master builder Matthäus Ensinger began construction on a monumental new cathedral to take its place