The Town Hall was built in the period from 1406 to 1416. The City Council meets here each Thursday. The Grand Council, the cantonal parliament, convenes here four 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.