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Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

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Address: Munsterplatz 1, Bern 3000, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 (0)31 312 04 62
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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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Stunning external views but generally limited internal decoration Only had limited time due to a service about to be held

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Stunning external views but generally limited internal decoration Only had limited time due to a service about to be held

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

You don't have to pay for entrance but you can't take photos or videos inside. So much construction going on inside, most of the stained glass windows are obstructed from viewing, and compared to the churches in Rome, this is nothing. The outisde figures are breathtaking though and definitely worth reading about the history of their meaning. The organ is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Even on a rainy day, the time spent inside the church and then the climb up over 250 steps was worth the effort. Unlike other cathedrals in Western Europe, the climb up allows you ascending views at various stages through rectangular windows. While you catch your breath, soak in the architectural views. Once up, you are of course rewarded with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The church is undergoing some renos so really not much to see - I have read that the views at the top of the tower are nice but I did not venture up so can't comment. Not really a must see for myself after seeing many churches throughout Europe - no surprises here. The outside architecture is more interesting than... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

One of the best cathedrals I have ever seen.... the highlight is the tower which takes you to the top most platform of Bern where you can see the complete UNESCO protected city in bird's eye view! Must visit...

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Saltash, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Beautiful Cathedral in Bern. Very interesting history and fascinating artwork above the old door (oldest in Europe apparently). We climbed the tower (5chf for adults, 2chf for children) which was tiring but great fun. The views of the city and the river were amazing, it really helped you get your bearings (no pun intended!). The outside Munsterplatz was pretty and... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

You could see the Cathedral from all over the whole town. Beautiful on the outside and lacking a little Lustre on the inside compared to many churches I have been fortunate to see inside. No fees and is accessible for the infirm. We were lucky enough to witness a lady singing from above near the organ the acoustics were brilliant.

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Athens
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The cathedral is very beautiful from outside, the main gate, full of statues and figures,is a masterpiece of art. Inside, free of charge, you will not see something really impressive, but it is worth to climb the 270 steps to reach the 90 meters belfry. From here the view to Alpes, Aare and old town is astonishing. The cost is... More 

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Graz, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

One must truly take the effort to climb to the top of the tower. Not if you fear heights. Amazing view of the city

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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