Exhibits ranging from Swiss prehistory to regional costumes and art fill the halls of the Swiss National Museum.
Bern's leap into the Reformation was followed soon after by Basel, but Protestant theology was no new idea in this city. The wealthiest and most literary city in Switzerland in the early 16th century, Basel was home to a highly-regarded university and some of the most important humanist thinkers of its day. Key among those was Erasmus, Father of Renaissance Humanism, whose 1516 edition of the Greek New Testament made the Protestant Reformation possible. Oecolampadius was also from Basel, an expert debater, scholar and consensus-builder, and Froben Printers, the printing house which published the writings of its local scholars.
Built in 1191 as the western gate to the then-smaller city, Bern's Clock Tower is as old as Bern itself.
Visitors interested in Zwingli's beginnings can visit the Zwinglihaus in Wildhaus, 80 miles east of Zürich. A small museum occupies the farmhouse where the Reformer was born in 1484, and includes displays of period furniture and Bibles.