Some things are so valuable that all of humanity should watch over them: cultural assets and natural properties of outstanding universal value. UNESCO has the task of representing these ideals and protecting our shared heritage - together with us all.
Coordinating, raising awareness, promoting dialogue: the Swiss Commission for UNESCO acts as a bridge
between the international community, Swiss civil society and the public authorities at national and regional level.
Within Switzerland, it promotes the coordination of all stakeholders for joint promotion of the properties as a whole and raises public awarenness of the principles and values of World Heritage.
Founded in 1191, Bern rises majestically above a loop in the River Aare, bearing witness to the ambitious scale of urban development in medieval Europe.
Today the Old City delights visitors with its pleasant, relaxed charm and architectural treasures. Highlights include sculpted Renaissance fountains, the cathedral and six kilometres of covered medieval arcades.