Basel Minster

Basel Minster

Basel Minster
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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 - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,583 contributions
Worth a Visit
Oct 2020
Originally a Catholic Church in 1019 AD, the Ptarrant Munster has since the 1500's been a Reformed Protestant Church The earthquake of 1358 wrecked havoc on the red sandstone construction but reconstruction efforts were successful. The church has elements of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture and is considered a heritage site of significance. The two towers of the church standout on the cities horizon . One tower is dedicated to St. George (1372), he is slaying a dragon, albeit small. the other tower is dedicated to St. Martin (1340), who is displayed riding a horse.

Entrance to the churchl is free. however if you wish to climb the 242 steps to the top of each tower it is 4CHF. The staircase is narrow and not always lit adequately. At the top there is a viewing platform. It is an excellent view of the city, Mittlere Brucke and Rhine river. Take note of the statue of Henry the II at the main entrance.

There is a crypt which holds the tomb of Gertrude of Hohenburg, who died in 1281 in Vienna. Also in the crypt is the Tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam. The attached cloister is worth exploring, as is, the Kreuzgang which leads to the Hall of Shields.
Written 19 May 2021
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Beatriz M
Dortmund, Germany4,438 contributions
Very narrow but worth it
Mar 2021 • Friends
I really recommend visiting the cathedral, I was lucky that it was a sunny day. Entrance is free but to climb to the top of the tower it costs 4 CHF for students. It was possible to pay by card. I must say that I have been on the top of many cathedrals but this one is really narrow and has some parts which do not get sunlight, luckily my friend turned on his phone light to help. It was tricky at times. At the top of the viewing platform it is also very narrow! We are two very sporty people, I am sure that some people who are larger to the sides or have mobility issues would have problems. But going up or going down was not so tiring, we made it. But just be aware that it is really very narrow even in comparison with other cathedrals.
Written 15 March 2021
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland6,173 contributions
Always great
May 2020
For my the No.1 sight in Basel. The famous Basler Münster. Sitting on the hill in the old town, overlooking the whole city. Also nice to spot it from the "Mittlere Brücke" for some good pics.

It's been here for about 1000 years (with some changes of course). Originally a Catholic cathedral and today a Reformed Protestant church built in Romanesque and Gothic styles.

It's quite a sight and it's nice to just be/sit here on this square and to look at it. But be sure to go inside and also out back, where a small park with nice views is waiting for you.
Written 4 November 2020
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Familie_Schlaepfer
Riehen, Switzerland364 contributions
Cathedral - Visit the former episcopal church, built between the years 1019 and 1500 in the Romantic
Oct 2020 • Friends
Together with the Mittlere Brücke, the Basler Münster (Cathedral) is probably the most famous landmark in Basel. With its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, no other building adorns the cityscape of Basel like the Cathedral.

Visit the former episcopal church, built between the years 1019 and 1500 in the Romantic and Gothic styles. The crypt, the chancel, the tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Gallus gate and the two cloisters are witness to a fascinating tale of construction over a period of several centuries. The piazza in which the Cathedral stands is today a popular meeting place and is often used for concerts and events. The Pfalz - the terrace offering wonderful views over the Rhine - is one of the most popular viewpoints in the city.
Written 24 October 2020
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria14,355 contributions
Basel Cathedral
Sep 2020
Protestant Gothic cathedral, completed in 1500. Outside it is very interesting with its characteristic red bricks. Visiting is free, but inside it looks like a typical Protestant church - not much to see.
Written 28 September 2020
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Barbara E
Lausanne, Switzerland279 contributions
poetry in red stone
Sep 2020
The towers are visible from all along the river - beautiful architecture with lots of details in the masonry. I liked the wooden chairs, each one with a different pattern on the backrest, and the lovely double cloister.
Written 14 September 2020
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Kathinated
Dunfermline, UK650 contributions
Red brick cathedral
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a beautiful building both inside and out situated close to the river and city centre. Free entry (donations welcome). Interior and exterior carvings and medieval tombs. On an open square with a fountain so a lovely peaceful setting.
Written 27 August 2020
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland8,713 contributions
From 13th century
Aug 2020 • Couples
It is very impressive and huge cathedral from the 13th century. Many of the important people of basels history are burried here. Cathedral has very interesting location.
Written 23 August 2020
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Andejande
Binningen, Switzerland60 contributions
A must for any first time visitors
Jul 2020 • Family
And great for everyone else coming back too.
It's tight and steep and not suitable for people with a fear of heights but the view is incredible.
Bring a small flashlight as some towers are pitch black and you have to feel yourself up...
I went there with a 2 and 5 year old which was difficult but manageable
Written 19 July 2020
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Matthew
Basel, Switzerland9 contributions
Great place to visit in Basel
Jun 2020
If you’re staying in Basel I would really recommend visiting the Munster. Not only the inside is beautiful but the view from the top is gorgeous.
Written 17 June 2020
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