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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  • We climbed the Tower of the Cathedral as it has a lovely view of the city. Vale 5fr. It has a total of 300 steps more or less.
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  • In the historic centre, next to the river Aar. from the outside, you see it and can't find it either agree from a cross street. or low by a parallel to the main road (that of the medieval porches) not so sober as the Geneva. Recommend upload to it Tower, pay 4 francs, the stairway you leaves without breath, steep, circular, going climbing and ves them windows of the tower that dan to the outside, luck that in some have had it consideration of install bars of iron or glass, but are going when arrive to it cima... as the Papa, Kiss the soil! Super-recomendable, the panoramic view of the city is magnificent!
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  • Undoubtedly the dizzy height of the Tower catches the eye of those who pass through the square in front of the Church. We sat a while in front of it to admire her, but we couldn't visit the Church inside because it was closed, despite it being the middle of the afternoon. Recommend to look for before the opening hours to not have bad surprises.
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  • 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!
  • The main body of the Münster is under renovation however, the real reward is scaling the stairs to the top of the church tower's. It is quite a work out so make sure you're fit enough for the challenge. Unlike many other churches, this Münster has one track leading up and another leading down so you won't get jammed or held up in the stairwell.
  • A beautiful old building. Definitely worth visiting and going up the tower is a must! You get amazing views of the whole of Bern and can see Eiger, Jungfrau, Mönch and more
  • The Einstein house is close to Bern Cathedral. The city of Bern was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Zahringen. The duke decided to name the city after the first animal killed in a hunt that he was holding. The unfortunate creature that first met its end was a bear, which in German is “bar”, and the city was so named. Over the centuries “bar” has been corrupted to “Bern”. The first church on the cathedral site was built at around that time. We visited the present cathedral, which is massive. At its entrance, over the main portal, is a spectacular carving showing the Last Judgment and containing more than 200 figures in stone and wood. Fortunately these images were not destroyed when Switzerland became Protestant at the time of the Reformation.
  • Beautiful cathedral with spectacular views of Bern, worth the climb up the stairs for the 360 degree view.