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Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

Munsterplatz 1, Bern 3000, Switzerland
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Ranked #5 of 30 Attractions in Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Lookouts, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Located in the center of the Old Town, this 15th-century cathedral sports a towering 328-foot-tall...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Lookouts, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner 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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Chicago IL, USA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

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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41 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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Seville, Spain
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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17 helpful votes 17 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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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
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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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30 helpful votes 30 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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29 helpful votes 29 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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