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The View from the Cathedral in Bern

by Yolanda
(Durango, Mexico)

View from Bern Münster

View from Bern Münster

View from Bern Münster City of Berne Bernese Mountain in the background Lovely backyards

We've just returned from a short visit in Berne. We climbed the Berner Münster - a Gothic Cathedral right in the middle of town, for a good view to the city.

The weather was not very good, but the climb up the narrow staircase was still worth the effort. One can walk around the towers on a platform 62 meters (203 feet) above ground. The view is stunning, although I wasn't able to make a really good picture from the Bernese Alps. The weather just wasn't good enough.

I was particularly fascinated by the architecture of Berne. They did an excellent job preserving the old city. No wonder it's a UNESCO World Heritage site. I would have loved to take a peak into private apartments.

We didn't take the guided tour. I am not sure if it would have been worth it. There is a little shop at the entrance with information, which was enough for us.

Hello Yolanda,

So nice of you to take time and upload your photos. I am glad you didn’t mind climbing the 222 steps up through the tower even though the weather wasn’t compliant :)

As for the apartments, some were renovated to luxury standard; others more gently with the old charm preserved, squeaky floors and all. A good place to see how people lived in earlier decades is the Einstein Museum, Kramgasse 49 (under the arcades).

Kind regards,

Berner Münster, Cathedral of Berne

Here a bit more information for those who plan to visit the Berner Münster (Cathedral of Berne):

It is the largest and most important gothic cathedral with the tallest church tower (101m / 331ft.) in Switzerland. Construction began in 1421 and the last finishing touch, the steeple, was added between 1889 and 1893. The main building period took approximately 180 years. Master Builder Matthäus Ensinger, also the architect for the Strasbourg Cathedral, designed the plans for the church.

Unfortunately, the reformist removed and destroyed most of the artistic interior décor. Luckily, they left the stained glass windows intact and had nothing against the "Heavenly Court", choir stalls, and the embellishment of the main portal. It was only 200 years after the Reformation that organ music filled the Cathedral.

It is a protestant church with services held on Saturday and Sunday. Concerts are given throughout the year.

The Cathedral of Berne is open daily for visits, occasional closings during weddings, funerals and maintenance possible.

Where to find:

Berner Münster / Cathedral of Berne
Münsterplatz 1 (Altstadt), Bern
Opening hours see here.

Entrance by Admission

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