Switzerland celebrates its National Day on 1 August.
Join us for a special open day at the Parliament Building.
Both of the Council chambers, the lobby and the domed hall will all be freely accessible, along with the Federal Council chamber in the west wing of the Federal Palace.

Thursday, 1 August 2024 from 8.30am to 4.30pm
Last entry at 3.30pm visitors entrance and main entrance

High visitor numbers can lead to delays at the security checkpoint.
All visitors aged 16 and over must show a passport or ID card.

The event is free of charge


Information on the Parliament Building and parliamentary business

National Council chamber
German 9am /11am / 3pm
French 10am / 2pm / 4pm
Italian 2pm

Council of States chamber
​German 9.30am / 2.30pm
French 11.30am / 3.30pm
Italian 11.30am

National Council chamber
Council of States President Eva Herzog and National Council President Eric Nussbaumer answer questions from the public. Moderator: Philipp Burkhardt, SRF Chief Federal Palace Correspondent
Simultaneous interpreting will be available in French and Italian.

Council of States chamber
​Council of States President Eva Herzog’s perspective on the Council’s work, and information on the chamber’s artistic history from Visitor Services.

Enjoy unique melodies and sounds
Performances last about 20 minutes

Bait Jaffe Klezmer Orchestra ​
National Council chamber
11.30am / 12.30pm
Council of States chamber

Evelyn & Kristina Brunner
National Council chamber
Council of States chamber
10.30am / 2pm

Federal Council chamber
Federal Palace West Wing
Discover the Federal Council’s meeting and reception rooms.

Café Zeitungszimmer
Snacks and drinks will be available at the Zeitungszimmer café.
There’s a squash bar for children.

Children’s programme
Various locations
Contest, tattoos and make-your-own buttons

Audio tour in and around the Parliament Building
Take a self-guided tour of the Swiss Parliament Building and the surrounding federal institutions in Bern.
Download the app: 
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