A view of the Old District of Bern in 2007.
The Swiss Federal Palace (Bundeshaus
) in Bern.
Bern is the de facto capital city (Bundesstadt ("federal city")) of Switzerland. The city is located along a narrow loop of the Aar River.
Bern was the scene of a disputation in 1528 between Roman Catholics and Protestants that led to its acceptance and subsequent championship of Protestant doctrines.