The Cathedral of Bern, Bern

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • Cathedral almost ' at the end of the old city, profession Catholic and Protestant imposing Tower you can climb and see a superb panorama after more than 300 markets (entry fee 5 chf, no dogs permitted) inside beautiful altarpieces and pieces of different cults, to visit!
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  • Must see cathedral in Bern, which has been beautifully restored and is a major presence in the town. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go up the tower, but I can imagine the views down on Bern woul...  read more »
  • Even though we couldn't see the famed stained glass because of construction / renovations, we learned a lot from the audio tour. People who stand outside and say "Didn't look like much" are NUTS. :-) ...  read more »
  • Without a doubt, Munsterplatz offers the best city view in Bern! It's a long hike up, yes, and most definitely not for anyone who's afraid of height! On the way up top there are small open windows - small enough that you can't fall through, but big enough to weaken your knees and feel light-headed. The choir was under construction during my visit, which was a real shame. Definitely a must-see sight when in Bern (only 5 Francs).
  • Even if you’re local, a visit to Bern Cathedral is almost always a pleasant diversion as long as you have a good head for heights. The imposing Gothic Bern Münster dates from 1421, and the bell tower winds skywards up 254 steps that shouldn’t be attempted unless you’re in good physical health. Once you get to the top, though, you’re rewarded by immense views of the Bernese Oberland, with Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau all visible on a clear day. It's a good way to orientate yourself within the city, as the loop of the River Aare and the limit of the UNESCO heritage area are easily discernible. If you don’t succumb to dizziness on the way down, take some time to enjoy the peaceful beauty of the cathedral’s interior amid the soaring ceilings and ornate stained glass. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun May-Sep 11.30am-5pm; Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun Oct-Apr 11.30am-4pm
  • Church is ok but what is really worth to do is to climb on the bell tower. Wonderful view on Bern, main street, river and its bridges... Beautiful!
  • Its one of the best spots in Bern for tourists. You can accsess it easily from the Zytglogge or just with the bus. Its quite high and the view is magnificent. The ticket to get up costs about 5 Fr., but thats ok. The Cathedral itself is really nice but like all reformed churches quite not fancy. The bells are really nice to see. Its definitly worth a visit.
  • Highly recommended to go to the top of Munster to see the panoramic view of Bern.
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