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Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

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Address: Munsterplatz 1, Bern 3000, Switzerland
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Located in the center of the Old Town, this 15th-century cathedral sports...
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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The church is undergoing some interior renovations, so one could not walk the entire interior. No photos of the interior are allowed. It is big, grand Gothic-styled cathedral... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The church is undergoing some interior renovations, so one could not walk the entire interior. No photos of the interior are allowed. It is big, grand Gothic-styled cathedral, but not ornate on the interior. It is free to go into the Cathedral, with a small shop as you walk-in. The views from the tower are worth the walk up the... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Cathedral is interesting. It is a Gothic design dating back to 1421.The carving of the Final Judgement above the main door is magnificent. The do-gooders are led to Heaven clothed in white, the sinners go to Hell unclothed, watched over by figures of the Foolish Virgins and the Wise virgins. The extravagant tableau contrasts with the stark interior stripped... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The garden "platform" area outside the minster are worth a visit alone, with great views of the river and bridges. Inside the vaulting and shear girth of some of the support columns are tremendous. The new organ looks very interesting. The view from the tower I should imagine is spectacular although not available at the time of our visit. The... More 

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Orange, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

The church was beautiful, as most are however, nothing stood out that would separate it from other churches. It's definitely worth a visit as you wander through old town Bern. As we always do, take time to just sit and enjoy the silence. That's always the best part.

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Girona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Nice views And If u go up the tower... Amazing! The 31st night party with a lot of people And fireworks... One of the most memorable experiencie that i lived.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

The Munsyer cathedral in Bern is definitely worth a visit. Situated in the heart of the old town on a lovely square, the cathedral is a magnificent building. It hosts interesting semi religious musical events like the upcoming Gregorian pop concerts and the international religious music festival 2015. The tower can be visited separately against a small fee. There is... More 

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Chicago IL, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Save this for a clear day when you can see the alps and experience the stained glass in all it's glory. 5 CHF for the tower tour (self guided) is probably one of the best deals in Bern. You can see the original bells on the way to the top of the tower, which is accessed via a few hundred... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is nice and worthwhile cathedral to visit. The outside fresco is interesting with gruesome gargoyles, angles, and objects. Inside is typical for these old beautiful stone masterpieces build to last 1000 years. Most interesting were the large wood pews along the side of the church reserved for the wealthy of Bern. Most had name plaques and initials carved into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Best part of my trip to Bern. You can climb up the tower for a few euros and see the whole town. Even on a rainy day the view is great!

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

It Was a magnificent Church and with a history plus a view. Reminded me of really old churches like Notre Dame but the peaceful atmosphere around Was superb

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