Basel Münster

The historic cathedral of Basel Münster is one of the city's and possibly one of Switzerland's most visited attractions. The red sandstone walls and colored roof tiles reach high above the city, inviting you inside. Previously a Catholic cathedral and now a Protestant church, it was once the place cardinals met to elect a new pope. However, it is not just the Münster's significance as a historic place of worship that has made it a popular tourist attraction. Ruins have been found on the cathedral grounds that date back as early as the first century AD. Furthermore, the great organ at the cathedral is often an item of artistic interest because its shutters were designed by the famous artist Hans Holbein the Younger.

The highlights

The artwork and religious iconography of the cathedral is greatly celebrated. Look out for portraits of Henry II and his wife Empress Kunigunde who were great benefactors, as well as a series of story panels that show a "prince of this world" seducing an unfortunate virgin. The church is also well known for holding choral concerts. If one is scheduled during your visit to the city, why not go along and enjoy the music in the mighty halls. The great Renaissance theologian Desiderius Erasmu is buried at this church, as is the renowned mathematician Jacob Bernoulli (also known as James or Jacques). Walking to this wonderful structure via Steinentorstrasse (one of the city's principal streets) is highly recommended as guests will pass the city's history museum along the way.