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Erlacherhof

What Is The Erlacherhof?

The Erlacherhof is a mansion in the Old City of Bern, the medieval city center in the city of Bern. 

The Erlacherhof, a beautiful town mansion, was built in the mid-1700s based on the plans of Albrecht Sturler, an architect from Bern. It was built for a patrician named Hieronymus von Erlach. It was built in lieu of two older houses, and one of them was the old house of his family. The other house had once belonged to the von Bubenberg family.

More than 250 years ago, during the building’s construction, both the architect and the owner passed away before the mansion was ever finished. It was von Erlach’s son, Albrecht Friedrich, who commissioned the mansion to be completed, and he was most likely helped by a sculptor named Johan August Nahl. Albrecht Friedrich honored his father by decorating the pediments of the west and east wing courtyard faces with the monogram of his father. 

In the late 1700s, the mansion was purchased by a butcher and a merchant. After the French invaded Bern, the Erlacherhof was turned into the seat of a French general. 

Shortly afterward the Erlacherhof was turned into a schoolhouse before it was transformed into the French Embassy in the early 1800s. The Swiss Federal Council operated from the mansion in the mid-1700s. Now, the Erlacherhof and its beautiful garden are returned to their original look. The mansion is currently occupied by the mayor and his administration. 

Unfortunately, the public cannot come inside and look at it. 

The Erlacherhof has gone through several important transformations over the years. What is amazing is that it is still standing, and in great condition. If you’re in the Old City of Bern, you should definitely get a look at it. It is certainly one of the most interesting sites in the medieval city center, and it dates back more than 250 years ago. Its age is reason enough to see it. It looks as beautiful today as it did when it was first built, thanks to several serious restorative periods over the years.

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