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Offene Kirche Elisabethen

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Address: Elisabethenstrasse 10-14, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41 61 272 03 43
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Buying a stairway to heaven

No really...you can. Lovely church with a great history of being built by a man trying to buy his way into heaven. I used to love coming here because it's a bit out of the way of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Richard S
Longmont, Colorado
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Longmont, Colorado
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88 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No really...you can. Lovely church with a great history of being built by a man trying to buy his way into heaven. I used to love coming here because it's a bit out of the way of the tourists main routes. Great coffee shop in an artsy church setting ...a cappucino without the cappucine monks. Younger crowd...some tasty snacks as... More 

1 Thank Richard S
Kent, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Lovely church. For 3 Francs you can climb to the top of the tower where you get great views. The staircase to the top is very narrow and a great feat of engineering/construction.

1 Thank Gerry A
Budapest, Hungary
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The neo-Gothic church is as beautiful from outside as from inside and the coffee shop is a must-try inside. It is a spectacular feeling to eat inside.

Thank nsaid
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a big church and free to enter, it's nice enough but there is nothing that grabs the attention. The towers are open to climb for a small fee and have good views, not quite so good as the minster but a lot cheaper. Nice to see but a quick visit

Thank Sam3314
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Was Beautiful as Could be, but was Dusty, and Noisy at time. A lot of construction work was being dealt with.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

When you arrive in Basel by train, exit the station, walk to the end of the tram platforms. On your left you'll see a little green park; cross that, then follow the road with the tram rails a couple hundred meters and you'll see the Elizanetenkirche. You cannot miss it - its sharp and tall neo-Gothic features are visible at... More 

Thank lilliputz
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

You should visit and eat in the cafe and donate to keep this great building going. Not as great as other churches, but needs your help more than the others.

Thank Birmingham79
Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

And this one is open making it very accessible. It is not far from the TInguely fountains and always peaceful. The stained glass windows are lovely and there is sufficient information for the tourist. A "prayer" bulletin board for those so-inclined and a couple of seats so that one can have coffee or tea whilst resting.

Thank J. S
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There's a café inside one of the side-entrances where they also serve soup and snacks. It's tiny but offers a nice twist on the usual church visiting experience.

Thank Hannah G
Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The tower is quite ornate although some of the rest of the exterior is quite plain. Inside is similar to a large church in England with nice stained glass windows. It has a lovely cafe near its main entrance with reasonably priced food and drink with friendly staff.

Thank Dorsetbruce

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