Einsiedeln - According to legend, Saint Meinrad established a hermitage on Mount Etzel and established a shrine to the Virgin Mary which housed a statue of the Virgin. After his death in 861 at the hands to two robbers, others sought to emulate his example and work on the monastry began in 934. Now the Baroque Benedictine Monastry boasts a 150 meter façade and an ornate interior. It is one of the major points of pilgramage in central Europe.
Berner Münster - The Berner Münster is the largest gothic structure in Switzerland and the most identifiable feature of the cityscape. While much of the interior decoration was destroyed during the iconoclasm of the Reformation, the carved "Last Judgement" above the central door is a masterpiece of Gothic art and a story which fitted with Protestant thinking of the time.
St Gallen - The Abbey of St Gallen boasts not only an impressive Church but also a significant high Baroque Library - one of the most important in Switzerland and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Founded by an Irish monk, Gallus, the library is elaborately decorated and home to several ancient Gaelic-language scripts. The "Plan of St Gall" depicts the original plans for the Abbey and dating from from the 9th Century is one of the oldest documents in the library.
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne - The Jesuit Church is one of the most beautiful Baroque / Roccoco churches in Switzerland Aside the Ruess river in central Lucerne , the Jesuit Church is beautifully set with a façade including wonderful onion domes. The interior is a beautiful expression of "unified space" theory with side chapels and a dominating high alter in marble stucco.
Basler Münster - One of the most important Romanesque-style buildings in Switzerland, the Basler Münster is one of the most substantial historic buildings in Basel city. Built in the Romanesque style, the Basel Münster is one of the most important of its period in Switzerland. The St Gallus Door is one of the most important pieces of Romanesque scultpure in Switzerland and several statues decorate the south facing façade including one of St George slaying the dragon.
Solothurn Cathedral - Like the Old Town, the Solothurner Cathedral is firmly in the Baroque style. As the French Amabasadors to Switzerland were stationed in Schaffhausen the Reformation as the Canton remained Catholic, the Cathedral, like the town, is clearly influenced by the French style of Baroque. A distinctive element on the Schaffhausen skyline, the 18th Century Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in the pure Baroque style in Switzerland
Grossmünster - The distinctive Romanesque towers of Grossmünster are closely associated with, and symbolise, Zürich Founded by Charlemagne where, according to legend, the martyred Roman legionaries Felix and Regula are buried. The Reformation in Switzerland started in Zürich with the Einsiedeln-educated Zwingli preaching in Grossmünster
Lausanne Cathedral - Although Lausanne directly borders Lake Geneva, Lausanne Cathedral is 500 feet above the Lake level and dominates a large portion of the citys skyline. Although construction started in 1175 and consecrated in 1275, the Gothic Cathedral was never completed. It remains the only Cathedral in Europe which still sports a regular night watchman who, at each hour between 10pm and 2am, calls "This is the nightwatch; the hour has struck" in four directions. This has been known to startle romantic couples and drunks rambling home in the vicinity. Lausanne Cathedral is regarded as one of the finest, if not the finest, Gothic construction in Switzerland.
Neuchâtel Collegial Church - Appropriately for "toytown made out of butter," the Neuchâtel Collegial Church is made from local yellow-coloured sandstone. With construction commencing in 1185, it was strongly influenced by Lausanne Cathedral which was being constructed at the same time and by Basler Münster. A statue of Guillaum Farel brandishing the scriptures dominates a small open space in front of the Cathedral. The Collegial Church is significant in that it shows the transition from the Romanesque period in the Apse to the Gothic period in the bulk of the nave. Close by remains of medieval walls are clearly visible.
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Basel Tourismus - Official website of Basel City Tourism
Bern Tourism - Official website of Bern Tourism
Lausanne Tourisme - Official website of Lausanne Tourism
Lucerne Tourism - Official website of the Lucerne Tourism Office
Neuchâtel Tourism - Official website of Neuchâtel Tourism
Solothurn Tourism - Official website of Solothurn Tourism
St Gallen Bodensee Tourismus - Official website of the St Gallen Bodensee Tourist Board
Zurich Tourism - Official website of Zurich Tourism Board
Place de la Cathedrale, Lausanne
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook