While the federal chambers are sitting the general public can follow the debates from the public galleries; groups who wish to attend sessions even have the possibility of meeting the member of their choice. When the chambers are not sitting the Parliamentary Services organise guided tours where visitors can learn about the history of the building as well as how the Swiss parliament is organised and how it functions.
The Parliament Building was constructed between 1894 and 1902 according to plans drawn up by the architect Hans Wilhelm Auer, and was inaugurated on 1 April 1902 by the Federal Assembly. Through the building materials that were used, in particular the local green sandstone, the Parliament Building represents the whole of Switzerland. Between 2006 and 2008, it underwent an extensive renovation for the first time in its history, which included a number of major transformations.
Architecture | 100th anniversary of the Parliament Building | Renovation 2006-2008 | The virtual Parliament Building
The Parliamentary Services provide assistance for the Federal Assembly to fulfil its allotted tasks. They enable the members of parliament to concentrate calmly on their legislative work and keep them fully informed, as well as helping them to address the challenges posed by a constantly changing society.
Secretary General | Management Board | Tasks | Senior officials | Organisation chart