Grossmünster
Grossmünster
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This 12th-century cathedral has both historical and architectural significance: Ulrich Zwingli led an important sect of the Reformation from here in the early 1500s, and the cathedral's twin towers serve as perhaps the most recognizable landmarks in modern Zürich.
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  • WilliamWillieWilson
    Nashville, Tennessee1,624 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mighty on the outside, rather ordinary inside!!
    This is yet another Zurich cathedral that is gorgeous on the outside but rather plain on the inside. But unlike the others, Grossmünster does offer an intense section of stained glass when it catches the sun just right and a mighty pipe organ! The better pictures are on the outside, and the interior would be best during a church service or organ concert.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous cathedral in the city
    Grossmunster is a beautiful church in a double peak shape. It also offers view from inside the towers. It is truly a beautiful structure across the Zurich lake. Be sure to visit both in the day and night to get a variations on the view or the city from the tower or for gorgeous pic opt across the lake.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
  • TonyDrum1
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom120 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you’re in the area
    This was an impressive building from the outside but quite plain inside. The staff were helpful and you can go up one of the towers and down to the crypt. I’d go to this if you’re near the lake but wouldn’t make a special trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • 6revenent6
    Singapore38 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice building overlooking the river
    The exterior of the building is really nice. It’s interior however is pretty normal. I would not recommend paying to climb up its tower. The views above is supposed to be very nice but is blocked by metal gates barring you from stepping outside to get a better view.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
  • michaelhO5538BA
    London, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do activity in Zurich
    The climb is a bit steep but great views at the top.Not recommended if you are unfit - it’s at your own risk . The viewing platform is enclosed . Church is very historic . For the best stained glass windows go to the Fraumünster .
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
  • Snowball's adventure
    Barnet, United Kingdom7,061 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most iconic landmark in Zurich
    The Grossmunster, or the Twin Towers, is definitely the most recognised iconic landmark in Zurich as it dominates the skyline on the east bank of Limmat! The church was first built in the 8th century but the West Towers were not completed until the 15th century. The bronze medal doors at the entrance are always closed so you would have to push (hard) to open it to enter. It's free to enter but it cost CHF5 to go up to the Towers, which will enable you to have a bird eyes view of the city! It's definitely worth paying a visit when you're in Zurich!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2024
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StevenKolsteren
Groningen, The Netherlands189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The church itself, near the Opera, looks cold and gray on the outside, the real gems are the stained glass windows inside, by German artist Sigmar Polke. Great! In contrast to the Fraumunster opposite the water, where they charge you 5 francs to see the Chagall windows, this one is completely free. They don't realize Polke is a famous artist as well. There are excellent postcards for sale. Forget Chagall, admire Polke!
Written 21 July 2021
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Jan M
750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
If you are passing by this iconic Zurich landmark do come in. You may be lucky to enjoy some organs performance. Yes, the interior is plain but if you buy admittance and climb to the tower you may enjoy amazing views of the city and the lake.
Written 23 July 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,045 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Legend has it that Grossmunster Cathedral, a Protestant Church, was built on the graves of the Patron Saints of Zurich - Felix and Regula. It is an impressive Romanesque structure, with iconic twin towers that are an integral part of the Old Town Zurich's skyline. You are able to climb the East Tower, but unfortunately the city views are obstructed by metal grates. Features to note within the impressive Cathedral include: the Sigmar Polke stained glass windows, the crypt area with Charlemagne Statue, and the Choir Loft with Giacometti windows. Lovely Cathedral!
Written 19 January 2023
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jarenillas
Zurich, Switzerland88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is quiet famous in Zürich, it lays in the old town of zurich between Bellevue. Before you come to this place you will pass a bridge which looking at the lake of zurich with a nice scenery of the mountains. Inside the building its very nice. Its worth to visit the place when you visit switzerland,
Written 18 February 2020
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permia
Ireland63,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Attractive stone work is wonderful on this landmark on the city’s skyline. At over 800 years longevity it is treasured.

Bronze reliefs adorn the main door, relating Biblical stories. A grand nave leads to the simplicity of the altar area. Main feature here is a vibrant triptych of stained glass windows.

A great organ is in the traditional elevated place at the rear. A vaulted ceiling oversees it all.
Written 28 November 2022
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maritimeexplorer
Nova Scotia, Canada4,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Grossmünster claims to have been erected on a site chosen by Charlemagne. It took over a century to build between 1100 and 1220. If you look up at the south tower you can see the legendary king of the Carolingians enthroned there. The actual tops of the two spires were not completed until 1797, replacing earlier versions destroyed by fire. I must admit that Zurich's Grossmünster is not the prettiest church to look at and tend to agree with Richard Wagner who compared the towers to two pepper grinders.

The Grossmünster is historically important for its role in the Reformation as it was the church presided over by Zwingli who railed against the papacy and succeeded in convincing the city elders to break with it in 1523.

The Grossmünster has many modern additions which have softened the dour interior which the reformers favoured. Among these are a series of stained glass windows by Augusto Giacometti and another series by the German artist Sigmar Polke. The agate based window was only added in 2009, a year before the artist's death. Totally abstract, it is a joy to view.

Zurich's Grossmünster has had some great modern exterior additions as well including the bronze doors by Otto Münch. The first door was added in 1935 and depicts scenes in the manner made famous by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise in the Baptistry of Florence. The scenes were of events associated with the Grossmünster.

A second set was added in 1950 showing more traditional scenes from the Bible.

The Grossmunster is definitely a must visit in Zurich.
Written 10 October 2022
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WilliamWillieWilson
Nashville, TN1,624 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is yet another Zurich cathedral that is gorgeous on the outside but rather plain on the inside. But unlike the others, Grossmünster does offer an intense section of stained glass when it catches the sun just right and a mighty pipe organ! The better pictures are on the outside, and the interior would be best during a church service or organ concert.
Written 25 July 2023
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is an old church of Zurich city and is visible from a distance on any side of the city. The twin towers are hard to miss. Once inside one can climb up one of the towers thorugh wooden stairs. There is fees for going up. From the top the view of the entire city is breath-taking.
Written 1 May 2023
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MumbaiRiders
Mumbai, India1,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Grossmünster is a Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich and is one of the four major churches in the city ,the others being the Fraumünster, Predigerkirche, and St. Peterskirche( St Peters church)). Its congregation forms part of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zürich and it was a monastery church, vying for precedence with the Fraumünster across the Limmat throughout the Middle Ages.Construction of the present structure commenced around 1100 and it was inaugurated around 1220. Tourists can visit the terrace of the church for a view of Zurich city.
Written 1 July 2023
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Joy
Reading, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This lovely Gothic building has great views over the city. Beware if you are a nervous person, that the stairs up to the top are very well trodden wooden slates which twist around. The last bit is an upright 8 rung ladder up through a hatch. But it is worth the climb for the stunning views - especially if you choose a clear blue skied day.
Written 5 April 2020
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