Founded in the 12th century on a hill site surrounded by the Aare River, Berne developed over the centuries in line with a an exceptionally coherent planning concept. The buildings in the Old City, dating from a variety of periods, include 15th-century arcades and 16th-century fountains. Most of the medieval town was restored in the 18th century but it has retained its original character.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|Méret Oppenheim Fountain||2019||0.5km||site_ao|
|Cattle Breeders Association (today: Swissherdbook)||1968||5.2km||site_brutalism|
|Church of the Holy Cross (Heiligkreuzkirche)||1967||2.9km||site_brutalism|
|Beer in Bern | Spotted by Locals blog||2019||1.5km||post|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.