​Saturday, 13 October 2018

9am – 5pm, admission at the visitors’ entrance on the south side of the building until 4pm
Admission is free of charge and no ID is necessary
Please allow sufficient time for the security check. There can be waiting times when there is a large number of visitors.


Opening of the exhibition ‘100 years of proportional representation’

On 13 October 1918, exactly 100 years ago, the Swiss electorate approved a popular initiative to introduce a system of proportional representation to elect the members of the National Council. In the elections one year later, the party-political composition of the parliament changed drastically. The exhibition explores the history of proportional representation, highlights momentous events such as the end of the First World War or the national strike, and provides an insight into the living conditions of the time.

Guided tours of the exhibition

Tour the exhibition with the Parliamentary Services staff who helped set it up (the tour lasts about 40 minutes, registration is required, participants should gather at the visitors’ entrance).

German 10am / 12.00am / 2.30pm / 4pm
French 11.00am / 1pm / 3pm
Italian 2pm

Please register by 12.10.2018 at the latest by sending an e-mail to parlamentsbesuche@parl.admin.ch. You will receive a confirmation email. Maximum of 30 persons per guided tour. Visitors who have not registered may join tours that are not full.

Visiting the building without a guided tour

Visitors are free to wander through the two parliamentary chambers, the Domed Hall and the Salle des pas perdus. The team in charge of parliamentary visits will be on hand to provide information about the Councils’ operations and the history of the parliament building.

Information in the chamber of the National Council

Take a seat at the National Councillors’ desks and listen to the parliamentary tour guides speak about Parliament and its history (the presentation lasts about 20 minutes, registration is not required).

German and French 9.30am / 10.30am / 11.30am / 12.30pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm
German and Italian 1.30pm

Café Vallotton

The café in the former Zeitungszimmer will be open for business. Enjoy a coffee or a meal in this elegant setting.