Bern Minster
Bern Minster
4.5
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10:00 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
About
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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  • Bern Station • 9 min walk
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  • NorCal-traveler08
    Orangevale, California1,922 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge Spire, Amazing Entrance
    We were in Bern for the Christmas Markets and there was a small Christmas market right next to the Munster. The Munster wasn't open the day we were there but it is amazing from the outside. You can see it from all over the city(I believe it is the tallest spire in Switzerland) and behind the church is a park like area where you can sit and it has views of the river.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Harry W
    Durham, North Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcome to Hogwarts
    Welcome to Hogwarts. The cathedral has such a great charm, it looks like a movie, I can image Harry and his friends around the corners. Windows are finely decorated, you will find different styles and pieces of art, but the central area is pure magic.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Jason S
    72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're feeling fit climb the tower for the best old town views.
    Historic and well maintained, the Cathedral is well worth a visit. The stained glass windows are beautiful. The depictions of Heaven and Hell above the main door are ornate and in great condition for their age. The tower climb is quite steep but there's a one way system so you avoid awkward encounters with folks coming the opposite direction. The views from the top are amazing!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gothic
    We visited the cathedral as part of a walking tour but didn't get the chance to go inside hence I can't give it 5 stars because of that unknown quality. That said, the outside is spectacular with the wonderful spire and some amazingly detailed stonework above the cathedral entrance. I am biased a bit because I love Gothic architecture but I'd defy anyone not to be impressed. Go take a look.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
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David
Lille, France1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Bern Minster contains many interesting architectural and artistic features. The stained glass windows are very intricate!
Written 31 March 2024
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I have not seen the church close up but seeing it from across the river, standing out from the buildings was such a sight to behold! While I was hiking along the side of the river, the bells started ringing and the sound produced was music to my ears. It perfectly complements the quiet stroll along the riverwalk and that is a vibe in itself.
Written 19 November 2023
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donnaddl
Niagara Falls, New York13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful cathedral; stained glass windows were lovely. Some work was being done outside (scaffolding) and inside which blocked the ceiling but it is still well worth a visit!
Written 6 September 2023
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Frank B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
They don't allow solo travelers on the tower. I found this outrageous. No other church I visited in the world had this ridiculous rule.
Written 28 August 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
We visited the cathedral as part of a walking tour but didn't get the chance to go inside hence I can't give it 5 stars because of that unknown quality. That said, the outside is spectacular with the wonderful spire and some amazingly detailed stonework above the cathedral entrance. I am biased a bit because I love Gothic architecture but I'd defy anyone not to be impressed.

Go take a look.
Written 25 July 2023
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szymon096
Zamosc, Poland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
Very calm beautiful church in the old city.very beautiful church from the outside to the inside.Amazing gothic architecture.
Beautiful photos
Written 19 July 2023
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Emma M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
Imrpressive inside and out and as far as I know the oldest in Switzerland. Climbing the tower is possible for CHF5. Worth it but steep though.
Written 19 July 2023
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Liam A
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
It is definitely worth a visit. The stained glass windows are very nice and the organ is beautifull.
Written 17 July 2023
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Akshaya S
Noida, India432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
The cathedral is beautiful not just from the outside (facade and area above the entrance) but also from the inside. We did not climb up the tower but were able to feel a lot of peace and serenity inside the cathedral.
Written 14 July 2023
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Jason S
72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Historic and well maintained, the Cathedral is well worth a visit. The stained glass windows are beautiful. The depictions of Heaven and Hell above the main door are ornate and in great condition for their age. The tower climb is quite steep but there's a one way system so you avoid awkward encounters with folks coming the opposite direction. The views from the top are amazing!
Written 12 July 2023
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