The historic cathedral of Basel Munster is one of the most visited attractions in Basel, if not in all of Switzerland. Previously a catholic cathedral and now a protestant church, Basel Munster was once the place cardinals met to elect a new pope as the Holy See.
However, it is not just Basel Munster's significance as a historic place of worship that has made it a popular tourist attraction. For ruins have been found in the cathedral grounds that date back as early as the first century BC. Furthermore, the great organ at the cathedral is often an item of artistic interest as its shutters were designed by the famous artist Hans Holbein the Younger.
What to see at the cathedral of Basel Munster:
- The artwork and religious iconography of Basel Munster is greatly celebrated - look out for portraits of Henry II and his wife Empress Kunigunde who were great benefactors to Basel Munster as well as a series of story panels that show a 'Prince of this world' seducing an unfortunate virgin.
- Basel Cathedral is well known for its choral concerts. If one is scheduled during your visit to the city, why not go along?
- Desiderius Erasmus, the great Renaissance theologian, is buried at Basel Munster as is the renowned mathematician Jacob Bernoulli (also known as James or Jacques).
Getting to Basel Munster from our stylish hotel
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Basel is less than a ten minute walk or five minute tram ride from the historic cathedral of Basel Munster. Walking to the cathedral via Steinentorstrasse (one of Basel's principal streets) is highly recommended as, on the way, guests will pass the city's history museum. And as if one museum isn't enough, the famous art museum the Kunstmuseum Basel is just a further four minutes' walk from Basel Munster.