Geodata for the University of Bern
Access to spatial information
swisstopo – current Swiss geodata
Current swisstopo data
Standard digital products from swisstopo, the Federal Office of Topography, are available free of charge as Open Government Data since March 2021. These products include, for example, digital maps, aerial photographs and landscape models.
swisstopo – older Swiss geodata hosted at University Bern
Older swisstopo data
Data from swisstopo, the Federal Office of Topography, older than the data currently available online (see above) are hosted locally at University Bern. The following data are available:
- Landscape Models
- Height Models
- Ortho Images (Swissimage)
- Swiss Geological Atlas - GeoCover V2
Mac / Unix:
GeoVITe – geodata service covering Switzerland & canton of Zurich
GeoVITe is a browser-based access to geodata for research and teaching provided by ETH Zurich. It contains up-to-date and older swisstopo geodata from Switzerland and the Canton of Zurich, in limited spatial extents, i.e., up to 20,250 km² for National Map 1:25,000.
Further information on how to access the data on GeoVITe can be found here .
If you need swisstopo geodata at larger extents, please see tabs above.
BFS – Swiss statistical geodata
Federal Statistical Office BFS
Geodata from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office can be downloaded here.
- If you download data, you agree with the conditions of use.
- The data must be acknowledged by the source note "Bundesamt für Statistik (BFS), GEOSTAT" and by mentioning the specific survey or dataset according to the data description. In addition, the date of data download must be stated.
Other Swiss geodata
Other Swiss geodata sources
geocat.ch: metadata catalogue of Switzerland's geodata
The metadata catalogue of Switzerland's geodata is the optimal platform for searching geodata sources, for example for aerial photographs, heritage sites, natural hazards, earthquakes, etc.
geo.admin.ch: the federal geoportal
On the geographical information platform of the federal authorities of the Swiss Confederation you can directly access federal geographical information, data, services, etc.
map.geo.admin.ch: map viewer of geodata from the Swiss Confederation
Geoservices (Federal Spatial Data Infrastructure FSDI)
Geoservices are spatially referenced web services making geodata accessible in a structured form. By means of geoservices it is possible to network geographical information over the internet and to view or exchange data.
This list contains the WebGIS-applications made available to the public by the Federal Offices.
Geoportal of the canton of Bern
Geoportal is the official publication platform for geoinformation in the form of geodata, geoservices, metadata and maps, provided by the canton of Bern.
Geodata of other cantons
If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
Also members of PH Bern can use most of the geodata sources above. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This service has been developed by the University Library (UB) in collaboration with the Institute of Geography (GIUB) at the University of Bern.