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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  • August 18, 2017
    The 100 m high Cathedral Tower you can climb over 344 steps. On the road, you can see the impressive Belfries. From the top, you have the best views of Bern. In all directions.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The portal of the Cathedral is already quite impressive. The Church itself is also impressive. But simply unbeatable views from the Cathedral Tower is from the charming old town of Berne. Who is fit and has no fear of heights, must always climb the Munster Centre!
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  • August 11, 2017
    For a fee, Bell Tower can run up on you on the. The efforts will be rewarded once you have the beautiful views of Bern's old town
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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.

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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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