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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  • From the platform you can enjoy the view to the river Aare with the Schwellenmätteli and down to the small City district Matte. Down there you have spoken Matten - Gib mer e Ligu Lem - Give me a piece...  more »
  • The Cathedral of Bern is a beautiful building. Unfortunately the opening hours absolutely do not match in a tourist program. The Cathedral, one of the most important buildings of the city, is indeed open the afternoon which is pretty amazing!
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  • Unforgettable climb the Tower, with a bit of a pain but really worth it for the view. I'm a little disturbing the Windows/cracks where it seems to fall, especially children. There were even dizziness.
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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.