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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Cathedral of Bern and many more Bern attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bern trip planner.
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  • Stunning stonework to admire outside the entrance to the church. We didn’t go inside or up for the views, but did spend quite a bit of time simply looking at all the sculptures and story-telling that....  more
    Stunning stonework to admire outside the entrance to the church. We didn’t go inside or up for the views, but did spend quite a bit of time simply looking at all the sculptures and story-telling that....  more »
  • The view from the top is amazing, but the trek up the stairs took more effort than I thought it would. Once you are there, though, you can see for miles. It helped orient us, and it gave us ideas... 
    The view from the top is amazing, but the trek up the stairs took more effort than I thought it would. Once you are there, though, you can see for miles. It helped orient us, and it gave us ideas...  more »
  • This is a must see when in Bern. The cathedral is beautiful inside with the stained glass windows and lovely altar. There is a gift shop where you can buy tickets to go up the tower for 5 CHf... 
    This is a must see when in Bern. The cathedral is beautiful inside with the stained glass windows and lovely altar. There is a gift shop where you can buy tickets to go up the tower for 5 CHf...  more »
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  • I really liked this cathedral. It may not be as grand as some of the others in Europe but it was so peaceful and pleasant inside. You can also climb up to the rooftop for 5 francs. Great views of the city up there!
  • Do you like Harry Potter? Well, then welcome to Hogwarts. The Cathedral has such a great charm, personality and style that it looks like a movie location, and in many corners and details I ensure you'll believe to almost see Harry and his friends, or Silente entering his office. Windows are finely decorated, you'll find different styles and pieces of art, but the central area (around the baptisms place) is pure pure magic. Do you need more? Well, the park next to the church is one of the nicest areas of the whole city, for some relaxation on the grass and an amazing view of the river and surroundings.
  • The main church of Bern and perhaps the most magnificent one, the church has impressive historical carvings and statues on its entrance, in addition to its iconic tower. Entrance is free, but you can pay 5 Swiss Francs to climb it for a view of the city. There are also information boards that detail the church's story in English as well, which I really liked. If you need to choose only one church to visit in Bern, this should be the one. The church also has a relaxing park beside it.
  • Beautiful cathedral located at the heart of Bern. It's currently under a restoration operation so you might experience disruptions. This also offers an opportunity to go all the way to the top of the building using the spiral staircase but you're only allowed to go as pairs. Tickets for this can be bought at the church shop.
  • Nice church When you go to the top , nice view of Bern , but not a easy way up.

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