The town hall is where Bernese politics take place. It’s where the cantonal and city parliaments hold their respective sessions. The City Council meets here each Thursday. The Grand Council, the cantonal parliament, convenes here five times a year to hold its public sessions. When the Council is in session, the Bernese flag is flown on the rooftop of the 15th century late Gothic structure.
The Town Hall also serves as the seat of the cantonal government. The meetings of this seven-person body are held Wednesdays and are not open to the public.