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Grossmunster, Zurich

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Church Tourist Spot
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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  • Worth the at times a bit scary and tiny hike up the stairs and pathways for a good view over the city.  more »
  • Built between 1170-1230, the great minster sits directly across the Limmat River from Fraumunster, its three-story tall twin towers dominating Zurich's skyline from the west bank. The first thing you ...  more »
  • Quiet solemn church with wonderful stained glass windows. I want to do more research to learn more. I went with friends and one friend has a family history that links back to one of the founders. You ...  more »
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  • Beautiful church with amazing high ceilings and architecture. If you have a chance you have to go up to the top of the tower. Beautiful views on the city, lake and Alps.
  • two towers but no church-clock. what will they come up with next? (very nice)!
  • A must. Go there. Look for the Krypta, and the secret prayer room (front of church steps down on right side). Pray there, seek God, awesome athmosphere. Also the spire is worth a climb.
  • The view from the very top of the church is simply breathtaking!!! 😀
  • Beautiful church, very soberly decorated. You have to take the climb up to the top of the tower (4 CHF/adult). Up there you will find one of the best panoramic view of the city. We were there on a sunny day and it was well worth it.

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