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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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  • It's a great church worth visiting. It's a classical Protestant church so the layout is different. If you are a catholic or orthodox it'll look very different to you than what you are used too (altar,...  more »
  • Through a small narrow staircase is to climb the tower. Views of Zurich is very beautiful. Definitely fun to do.
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  • Grossmünster is a great church, very interesting to visit. The entrance is free, and if you want, with few CHFs ,you can "climb" to the top of the towers to an amazing sight, a view from above of the ...  more »
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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