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Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

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Address: Munsterplatz 1, Bern 3000, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 31 312 04 62
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Located in the center of the Old Town, this 15th-century cathedral sports a...

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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Major sight in Bern

The Cathedral is a must see in Bern. The inside of the church is less impressive than those unused to protestant churches might expect. But reformation in the middle ages got rid... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While we were able to get a good view of the entrance door from the outside, unfortunately major renovation works inside meant that much was hidden by scaffolding. It is a little disappointing that no photos are allowed inside; not sure why ?

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Cathedral is a must see in Bern. The inside of the church is less impressive than those unused to protestant churches might expect. But reformation in the middle ages got rid of most of the Catholic splendor. Nevertheless it is am impressive Cathedral not least because of its tower that can be climbed. Don't miss it! It's quite an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the platform you can enjoy the view to the river Aare with the Schwellenmätteli and down to the small City district Matte. Down there you have spoken Matten - Gib mer e Ligu Lem - Give me a piece of bread. On the tower sweeps your views over the city and the Alps.

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Olonzac, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I try to take time to go into churches as much as I can, you never know what you might find. The entrance is indeed a souvenir shop, but with a helpful lady who pointed out the nearby loos to me, and also recommended a good place for a coffee, both desperately needed. Inside it is quite plain, but do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has a lot of details. Exterior and interior. Worth going in. Beautiful stained glass. Remember to check out the opening hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The main door has a remarcable represantion of the final judge day, the church was in maintenence and we couldn't observe the famous "vitraes" (stained glass window).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

So we walked up to the top of the tower. Great views of the city! But just as we arrived, the bells began to ring. The noise wasn't too loud or anything....but you could feel this old stone tower sway with the movement of the bells. Just a little, but quite noticeable. My wife took the quick stairs down. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

From a distance the cathedral is imposing and impressive, but up close you'll find lots of interesting and beautiful details, especially in the artwork above the entrance. Nice park behind the cathedral too, with great views across river.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Must see cathedral in Bern, which has been beautifully restored and is a major presence in the town. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go up the tower, but I can imagine the views down on Bern would be excellent. The main entrance has a very intricate carved depiction of people ascending to heaven, or descending to hell - a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Even though we couldn't see the famed stained glass because of construction / renovations, we learned a lot from the audio tour. People who stand outside and say "Didn't look like much" are NUTS. :-) If you just wanna look, go to Disney, not to reality. :-) Seriously - this has interesting history of the area and people!

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