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Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

Munsterplatz 1, Bern 3000, Switzerland
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Ranked #6 of 33 Attractions in Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Lookouts
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Located in the center of the Old Town, this 15th-century cathedral sports a towering 328-foot-tall spire that dominates the city skyline.
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Seville, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The cathedral is a huge part of the Bern skyline, making it super easy to find. It costs five Francs to go up the tower, but the view is totally worth it. But beware, it's over 200 steps to the top!

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Adelaide, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Found this church very interesting - noted in my diary as fabulous. We watched a folk band involving people in singing and dancing in the square below. Wonderful atmosphere from this.

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msp
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10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It was a beautiful church and stunning in many ways. The architecture and history of the church was very interesting and captivating. The grounds were very nice.

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Lords Valley, PA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

On our most recent visit to Bern I was captivated by the Last Judgement scene on the west portal of the cathedral. A close examination of the figures depicted in the scene reveal the agony and ecstasy of the souls under scrutiny. It is a brilliant and evocative work of art. Unfortunately we spent too much time admiring it and... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

After half a millennium, this cathedral is still under construction, meaning that scaffolding mars the view of and from the tower. Only a small bits of the late gothic decorative program survived protestant iconoclasm, but the last judgement scene at the west portal is fantastic. The tower climb is well worth the effort; the view of the medieval Berne stretching... More

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Fossano, Italy
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Well, let's say you need to be slightly in good shape to walk all the stairs up but I can guarantee you that the view is definitely a reward! There is no way one could stop taking a picture after another. So good. Bern's roofs and the smoke fuming out the chimneys seem coming out of a fairy tale book.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We couldn't see enough of the outside to know fully what it is like due to restoration work, and the interior was marred by loud baning from workmen erecting scaffolding. However, we could see the wonderful 15th century glass that survived disastrous Reformation iconoclasm. The entrance porch has a colourful sculpture of the last judgement from the same period, which... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great way to see the city from a birds eye view! Need to be reasonably fit to climb the 312 steps but well worth it once you reach the top!

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Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Huge, with a nice panoramic view in the tower for free. I would recommend anyone going here no matter the weather :)

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Washington
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173 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

After attempting several camera angles, we finally gave up on taking photos of this grand huge cathdral in the middle of Bern Old Town. You can spend days examining all the amazing sculptures, spires, columns, arches, stained glass. It is free entry, but no camera or video taping (although we saw several tour group ignoring the signs). We sat down... More

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