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Grossmunster, Zurich

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For unbeatable views over the city's Old Town, head to the top of Grossmunster, a Romanesque church allegedly founded by King Charles I, better known to history as Charlemagne. Huldrych Zwingli, one of the leaders of the 16th-century Reformation, used the cathedral for his preachings against the Catholic Church, setting in motion events that eventually severed Switzerland's links to the papacy. Today, the riverside building serves as one of Zurich's principal Protestant churches, its two imposing towers arguably the city's most recognizable landmarks. Be sure to note the stained-glass windows by artist Augusto Giacometti and a 15th-century statue of Charlemagne in the church crypt. Work out when and for how long to visit Grossmunster and other Zurich attractions using our handy Zurich tour planner.
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  • Visit at least once! Nice place with views of the city. Free entry but we have to pay a few dollars if you want to get into the tower and admire the view. Enough sports to go at the top, not possible to cross in the staircase. But what reward once arrived! The Church in it even is pretty, well maintained but has in my view little of interest.
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  • The only great thing is the view from the tower. CHF4 to climb 160steps up. only 1 way up and down so be paitent when people coming up or going down in a ver narrow spiral steps. You get really fantas...  more »
  • After climbing a few steps is to the top, where the best shots of the city can be. It is essential to bring some comfortable shoes to reach the dome through very narrow stairs. It is a visit that you can make in about 30 minutes.
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  • An imposing church. By far its best feature is the amazing panoramic view from the top of the tower: all across Zurich, the Lake and the towards the Alps. We were lucky that it was a clear sunny day. This was one of the highlights of our visit and is recommended.
  • A great view of Zurich right in the middle of the city! Not only is the church beautiful, but for only 2 Francs for students and 4 Francs for everyone else you can climb the tower and get a great 360 degree view of the city. Highly recommended!
  • It is an important sight connected to the history of the Protestant Reformation, which has had a huge impact on European culture.
  • Sehr schöne Kirche
  • Both nice inside and outside. If you climb to the top there is a surprise waiting for you. The night view is also wonderful