Bernes Minster – St. Vincent Cathedral

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Bernes Minster is one of the most important landmarks of the federal city and has the highest church tower in Switzerland. The 344-step ascent to the viewing platform rewards visitors with a breathtaking panorama that stretches from the old town to the majestic mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This impressive view makes the climb an unforgettable experience.

Bernes Minster

Bernes Minster in the middle of the old town

Bernes Minster - late Gothic architecture

Bernes Minster – late Gothic architecture

Discover Bern’s Icon: St. Vincent’s Cathedral

As a magnificent example of late Gothic architecture, Bern’s St. Vincent’s Cathedral rises majestically above the city and is considered one of the most impressive buildings in Bern. With its imposing appearance and its significance as the largest late medieval church in Switzerland, it attracts visitors from all over the world.

The highest church tower in the country offers a breathtaking view of the historic old town, the Bernese Plateau and the picturesque peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Bernes Minster is not only an architectural jewel, but also a symbolic landmark of Bern.

The three-nave basilica of Bernes Minster, the largest sacred building in Switzerland, rises above the rooftops of Bern’s Old Town. Construction of this imposing masterpiece began in 1421 and master builders worked on its completion for generations. The tower was not completed until 1893.

Bernes Minster main portal

Bernes Minster main portal

Witness History: The World-Famous Portal of Bernes Minster

The magnificent main portal of Bernes Cathedral is an outstanding feature of this impressive church. It consists of 234 intricately carved sandstone figures depicting the Last Judgement and is famous the world over.

A notable change took place after the Reformation in 1575, when the figure of the Virgin Mary, which originally stood in the center, was replaced by an allegorical representation of Justice. This impressive representation remained untouched as the only relic of the Reformation iconoclasm and adds a special historical significance to the main portal.

If you climb the 344 steps above the entrance, you will reach the viewing platform of the work of art: the 100-metre-high cathedral tower. From there, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings.

Guided tours of Bernes Minster

Immerse yourself up close in the impressive world of Bernes Minster – alone or as a group – and discover the incomparable beauty of its many details. Learn fascinating background information about this outstanding example of late Gothic architecture in Switzerland and immerse yourself in its stories. Or don’t miss out on a unique view of the rooftops of Bern by night during a tower aperitif.

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Bern (CH - BE) Münster St. Vincenz, Grosse Glocke (e°)

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