The Cathedral of Bern, Bern

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Rising over the old town, The Cathedral of Bern stands as the tallest cathedral in Switzerland. The structure's crowning feature is its 100.6 m (330 ft) tower, which affords views of the Alps on a clear day from the top. To get there, you'll need to climb about 350 steep stone steps, which take you past the original church bells. Built in 1421, today the Gothic cathedral is a Cultural Property of National Significance. Pay the small entrance fee to visit the tower, or enjoy a free cathedral tour of the main area. See The Cathedral of Bern and all Bern has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bern travel itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Bern

In historic Bern, the bulk of the accommodation offerings are confined to the peninsula, where the Old Town or "Altstadt" is located. Staying here gives you the convenience of being within walking distance to everything--which will come in handy in this generally car-free area. Throughout the Old Town you'll find a number of mid-range three-star hotels complete with their original 19th-century characteristics. A couple hostels and pensions round out the options here, though these tend to be a bit more expensive than one might expect. Outside of the Old Town, there are a few hotels with cheaper rates, though you compromise on convenience and atmosphere. The city also boasts a few stunning four- and five-star hotels, should your budget be forgiving.
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  • Wonderful place to spend some time in Old Town. Beautiful alcoves and stained glass. A must see while in Bern.  more »
  • We went in May 2017. The original statues for the last judgement were in the Bern historical Museum. I was happy to see they still had a version on the church. We were able to walk in and walk around....  more »
  • It was a beautiful church, definitely it will have better view of Bern city if you willing to pay for the entrance fee to climb up to the top.  more »
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  • Really beautiful cathedral! Don't miss the visit up the tower: the views are amazing!!!
  • Although unfortunately getting persistently renovated due to its degrading sandstone, the biggest cathedral in Swiss not only poses as a great overlook for the entirety of the city of Bern and its surrounding landscape, it also boasts a great and beautiful interior you shouldn't miss out on.
  • You have to go up the tower! It's hundreds of stairs, but well worth it as this is the highest building of the old town and therefore you will be able to see even the terraces and atriums which are invisible from below. Watch the bells on your way down. The inside of the cathedral is highly impressive. It has great acoustics for classical concerts. You have to buy tickets and hear for yourself!
  • I loved the view from the tower.It makes the climb worth it!
  • This is an absolute must see. Besides the cathedral itself, the place in front of it offers a wonderful view of the city of Bern.