The Bundesplatz – Seventh stop on my guided tour through Switzerland’s history of democracy We are now standing on the federal square, inaugurated in its current shape in 2004. It symbolises the Swiss national state and its cantons, represented by the square and its 26 fountains that spring from one source surrounded by stone from […]

The Restaurant zum Äusseren Stand – Sixth stop on my guided tour through Switzerland’s history of democracy In 1848, Switzerland was a republic. Today, this term is uncommon in Switzerland, but then, it was omnipresent, since it distinguished Switzerland from the monarchies surrounding it, above all from Austria, the purest monarchy, and least of all […]

The restaurant Zimmermania – Fifth stop on my guided tour through Switzerland’s history of democracy The radicalisation of liberal political discourse was fostered by the intellectuals, among them two German refugees, the brothers Snell, who wanted to create a nation-state and democratise Switzerland. Between 1830 and 1845, they substantially influenced political theory here. Ludwig und […]

The Erlacher-Court – Fourth stop on my guided tour through Switzerland’s history of democracy We are currently standing in front of the Erlacher-Court, built in the 18th century in the French-style and still the most beautiful Palais in the town of Berne. After first being the seat of the cantonal government, it now is the […]

Nydegg-bridge – Third stop on my guided tour through Switzerland’s history of democracy „la révolution est finie“, Napoléon Bonaparte said in 1799. Having been victorious on the Western European battlefields, Great Britain became his enemy No. 1. It was in Egypt that he sought to vanquish his eternal rival – unsuccessfully. First, he lost a […]

The well of justice (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen) – First stop on my guided tour through Switzerland’s history of democracy Dear guests! Let me welcome you to today’s guided tour through the town of Berne. As my principal occupation, I work as a political scientist, and among other subjects I research direct democracy. My avocation is being a […]

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