Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche), Bern

Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Lookouts • Religious Sites
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11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar7,389 contributions
Solo
Located in the old town this beautiful medieval cathedral has fantastic views on one side overlooking the river and surrounding area. The cathedral itself inside is not overly ornate,inside apart from the stunning stained glass windows. As I was on my own I was not allowed up the bell tower to see the very spectacular views..as previous reviewers have commented. At time of visit there was a large party of very your schoolchildren running uncontrolled around the cathedral who were bizarrely allowed up the bell tower. It does seem a strange policy and wasn’t conveyed in a friendly manner by the staff. Anyway overall it’s still a must see stop off on any Berne visit.
Written June 11, 2022
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA426 contributions
Just such a beautiful church to wander around. The ceiling is being remodeled which by no means took away from the amazing interior. There were large metal beams holding up the walls as well. We decided to climb to the top for 5 Swiss Francs. There is a locker that you can store your items which was nice. If you are climbing in winter I would recommend that you hang on to your coat and gloves. While when you start you are in the church, you are quickly exposed to the elements and when we got to the top, we were quite cold. The view is panoramic and spectacular. Not a great place for those who are afraid of heights. It was round 210 steps each way which isn't much compared to other churches that we have visited in the past. We would definitely return. Enjoy
Written December 26, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
On our 8 days Swiss tour we traveled all over the country and confidently the Bern Cathedral is the most beautiful one we saw. It dominates the city skyline, seen from every corner.
The Cathedral dates back to 15 c with a tall Gothic tower. Amazing stained glass inside. Beside the Cathedral is a nice park to rest and enjoy the beauty.
Written April 9, 2022
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Steve R
Temecula, CA2,140 contributions
Couples
My wife and I came here and we were really looking forward to this cathedral. We were HIGHLY disappointed. 1. Construction is being done on the roof and it is covered with wood. 2. I was really looking forward to climbing up the tower for the view of Bern. When I went to buy a ticket for 5CH, the lady told me that I cannot go up by myself. My wife has a fear of heights so she never goes up to view spaces with me. They said that they have had people jump off so they no longer sell a single ticket!!!!! This has NEVER happened to us and we travel the world. This is like saying “you cannot drive a car because you my drive drunk and crash the car.” I even asked if I could go up with another group. The answer “NO”. So if you are a solo traveler, don’t even think about coming here for a view off of the towers. What a joke waste of time.

Also, no photo or video allowed inside.

This place was a total let down.
Written November 12, 2021
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK3,180 contributions
Couples
Beautiful cathedral located at the heart of Bern. It's currently under a restoration operation so you might experience disruptions. This also offers an opportunity to go all the way to the top of the building using the spiral staircase but you're only allowed to go as pairs. Tickets for this can be bought at the church shop.
Written May 25, 2022
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Julian I
35 contributions
The Cathedral is currently undergoing renovation, but fortunately its highlight, the Last Judgement Tympaneum is still visible. This is an amazing masterpiece of late medieval sculpture. The originals of the larger pieces can be found in the wonderful Historical Museum of Bern, but the smaller pieces are original and nearly all the work was made by one artist, Kung, a German who took from 20 to 40 years to complete his master work. Inside, there are some tremendous stained-glass windows from the 16th century onwards. Unfortunately, access to the choir was banned and photography not allowed. In better conditions, the Cathedral would warrant a fifth star.
Written June 2, 2021
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Gene P
San Fernando, Philippines603 contributions
The main entrance facade and statue design. The church inside has no much statues, images or adornments. It was all removed and destroyed during the reformation. The statues left and glass windows are good sight for the travellers.
Written July 15, 2022
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Homeschool_Mom_Patti
Peachtree City, GA519 contributions
If you're in Old City, you may as well stop by and see the beautiful architecture and hear the bells ring. There is a cheese & misc. food market right next to it on Saturdays as well.
Written January 16, 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,924 contributions
I visited the Cathedral at Munsterplatz (Munster Kirche) in December 2019. The weather was very rainy. I went inside and had a quick look. The cathedral was undergoing renovation so it was not convenient to spend a lot of time here. You can get a good photo of the cathedral from the outside but you are not allowed to take photos inside.
Written February 17, 2020
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SabrinaA1
Edenbridge, UK15 contributions
15th century cathedral under renovation. The incredible artistry greets as you approach the immense doorway. Make sure your battery is well charged because you'll need your flash (allowed on the day I was there) to captured the details inside.
Written December 2, 2011
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